Sunday, 3 June 2012

Sunday Sermon June 3, 2012 "Don't Waste Your Kids"

June 3, 2012 - Sermon Review - "Don't Waste Your Kids"

This is a sermon review from the message today in my home church. God Bless you.
Psalm 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Today we had a speaker in from one of the local Bible Camps.  He is the Director of the Bible camp and has worked there for the last ten years working to share the good news of Jesus Christ with children.

Here is some of what he said.

God's Word is always true, always has been true and will remain true till Jesus comes again.
Our goal is not to just raise our children but to raise Godly children! As Director of the camp, he said he has seen thousands of children come through the camp and through that he has observed both the fruit of good godly parenting and the weeds of ungodly parenting.
The text was Psalm 127 ( printed below in full). The speaker went through Psalm 127 and picked up some good points from the passage.

Raising Godly Children:
Unless the Lord builds the house, it is useless...
Parents influence and give direction to their children. He encouraged young people ( the teenage group) to consider working at camp for the summer. He said he hears parents  say - "While I believe it is great for young people to work at camp, my kid needs to get a "real job" and earn some money." He warned us to be careful of our motives about this. Young people learn many valuable life lessons by working at camp though they are not earning very much money there. So he said - check your motives. Is it our insatiable desire for "stuff" (getting  the latest i-gadget)  that we will put our desire for stuff above what really matters in life and above teaching our kids the valuble life lessons.

It is the parents responsibility to teach our children to know the Lord. The church , weekly programs at church, and camps are only there to support what parents are already trying to teach the children at home.

It is Costly to Raise Children:
The speaker highly recommended the "stay at home mom". He suggested that when a couple chooses to have mom stay home to be there for the kids and she does not go out and get a job, they are giving up approximately $1/2 million ( considering the 20 + years it takes to raise a family).  He said he and his wife had made the decision and commitment to have her stay at home to raise the kids, and not work outside the home. But he also  did recommended volunteer work in the school and community to be involved in your child's life. He recommended a Mom  to be there when the child leaves for school and be there for your child when he/she gets home from school.  He again pointed to motives. If a family feels  both parents need to work, then ask  why? Is is to pay for a bigger home than you need, or for stuff that you could do without. Count the cost. Stuff does not make anyone happy.

Children are an Asset not a Liability:
God will hold us accountable as to how we have done with our children. The speaker said he has seen many parents who treat their children as a burden or a curse.  He also mentioned the pain and heartbreak of neglected and abused children.

Teach Your Children to Fight for what is Biblically right. We are all  in a spiritual war and we must all be prepared for the fight . Satan is out to destroy each of us.

He said,
Parents you are 100% responsible to teach your children that they are 100% responsible for their actions!
Don't raise spiritual weaklings. Teach your children to be strong in the Lord.
The speaker referred to his own Dad who had always said  " It's the principle of a thing that matters".
Dad and Mom need to live it - live what you believe. You cannot argue with what is lived out.

Psalm 127: the text
 1 -Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

I thought the sermon was presented very well with many good points.

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