Tom Scott - 10/05/2015
Introduction: Solomon offered some words of wisdom to his sons when writing the book of Proverbs. Today, we can find all sorts of truths which apply to our lives these days. This morning we are going to look at some words of wisdom for those who are parents.
Date: May 11, 2015
Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. After church, we took Dedra and her mom shopping for some flowers and later in the afternoon I talked to my mom on the phone. Dedra is grateful for the flowers she received from the congregation. She enjoys working with the children during the rWorship time. Hopefully you enjoyed the gifts Lorie and the children made for you.
Yesterday, we kicked off a new sermon series that deals with the topic of family. The first message dealt with parenting these days. Every generation can claim that it is tough being a parent with all the negative influences out there in the world. Solomon offers parents some words of wisdom in his book of Proverbs. Yesterday we looked at what he said and what we can take away from Solomon’s words. Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message.
1. Mother’s Day is a special moment when we can honor the ladies who mean so much to us. Whether we say it with cards, candy, flowers, or simply a phone call; Mother’s Day lets us say ”Thank you.” What is something you cherish about Mother’s Day?
2. Solomon has a lot to say about being a parent in the book of Proverbs. In the message we look at three passages in particular. Proverbs 14:1, 13:24, and 22:6 all speak on this topic. Which one of these three verses do you struggle with the most and why?
3. There is a lot of advice out there on how to become a better parent. Bookstores carry thousands of books that offer advice on parenting and the Internet has hundreds of websites devoted to parenting. Yesterday I shared three pitfalls to avoid when it comes to dealing with parents these days. We must avoid condemning them, confusing them, and coddling them. What would you consider to be your best tip on parenting children these days?
4. The last part of the sermon focused on three gifts which we can share with parents these days. Those three gifts are encouragement, enlightenment, and empowerment. If you are a parent right now, which one of these three gifts could you use today?
5. Moms and dads, Solomon has lots to say to us about parenting. Now Solomon was not the world’s greatest dad, but he was wise beyond his years because of God’s gift of wisdom to him. God has given us an instruction manual for raising children in the form of a Bible. How often do you turn to the Bible for the wisdom you need when it comes to bring up your children in the training and instruction of the Lord? Ephesians 6:4
Next week we are going to look at some words of wisdom for those who are single within our family. Let me encourage you to come Sunday morning ready to dive into scriptures. Invite someone to come with you as we continue with our series entitled: Snapshots of the Family.
I. What does Solomon have to say in Proverbs?
A. Raising a child. Proverbs 14:1
B. Disciplining a child. Proverbs 13:24
C. Training a child. Proverbs 22:6
II. What can we take away from Proverbs?
A. Parents don’t need us:
1. _______________ them. Matthew 7:1-2
2. _______________ them. 1 Corinthians 4:14-15
3. _______________ them. Hebrews 6:1
B. Parents need us to:
I. _______________ them. 2 Timothy 3:14-15
II. _______________ them. Titus 2:3-5
III. _______________ them. Ephesians 6:4
Conclusion: Moms and dads, we can still look to the words of Solomon for the wisdom we need in raising our children. God has given us his instruction manual for raising children. As a congregation, we need to help today’s parents build stronger homes by heeding the words of wisdom found within the scriptures.
Key Thought: We find some great words of wisdom for parents in the book of Proverbs
Key Words: condemning, confusing, coddling, encourage, enlighten, empower