All parents go through it—that moment when their child reveals their embarrassing habits or secrets in public. This usually happens in a socially damaging setting, like parent-teacher conferences, Thanksgiving dinner, or church. It often has to do with bodily functions. It's in those moments that parents are reminded that most of life is caught and not taught. This is true in the negative but also in the positive. When a child takes on a new task, gets a first job, or goes on a mission trip, a parent sees how well he or she has modeled responsibility.
Certainly "input equals output" can only generally be counted on in parenting. It's a process rather than an equation. But how in this process can parents model responsibility? What does responsibility mean in the reality of God's kingdom? This study will explore these practical, crucial questions.
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SCRIPTURE: 1 Chronicles 29:10–16, 20; Matthew 24:44–51; 25:14–30; 1 Peter 4:10–11
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Christian parents need to model being a receiver.
—Teaching point two: Christian parents need to model being a caretaker.
—Teaching point three: Christian parents need to model being an investor.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIAN PARENTING TODAY
• Get to Work, by Barbara Curtis (January/February 2002, 10 printed pages)
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