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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: How to Be a Good Dad
Saturday, July 26, 2014

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The Message paraphrases our study passages this way:

Fathers, don't exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master (Eph. 6:4).

Parents, don't come down too hard on your children or you'll crush their spirits (Col. 3:21).

All of us dads should heed the warnings and principles of these two verses. Discipline, yes, but let's not "come down too hard on" our kids. When our discipline is too harsh, we easily "exasperate" them and, worse yet, "crush their spirits." And however we choose to discipline and guide our children, let's be sure to "take them by the hand and lead them in the way of" Jesus.

  1. How would you describe your parenting style? Loose and casual? Very structured with clear expectations? Somewhere in the middle?
  2. How do your children usually respond to discipline and correction? Why do you think they respond that way?
  3. When it comes to discipline, how do dads keep from exasperating their children?
  4. What are signs that a child's spirit has been crushed? How do we keep from crushing our children's spirits?
  5. List ways you can "take [your children] by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master."

Key Study Passage:

Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to show ways your approach to discipline might need to change. Pray specifically for each of your children's spiritual needs.

Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21

Ephesians 6:4

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Colossians 3:21

21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, my children truly are gift s from you. Forgive me for those times I've neglected these precious gifts in my pursuit of other things. Help me to begin each day with a desire to be a good dad.

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Curt Schleicher

July 26, 2014  9:30am

My parenting style is to let the little things go & then when they least expect it to 'let it blow' and "let whoever's within earshot" fully experience the frustration that's been building up for days maybe weeks. i know this style goes fundamentally 100% fully against the key passages. i know i an only able to change this 'bad habit' with the help of your Holy Spirit. So i lift this overwhelming issue to you to work on on me with. i know it will be hard. i know it will involve endurance and giving up of myself and letting you fill that void. But i must 'Die to self and live for Jesus'.

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