Parenting (Part 1) “More Is Caught Than Taught”

House or Home – Parenting Edition
“Is There a Parent in the House?”
God’s Blueprint for Biblical Parenting (Part 1)
Ephesians 6:1-4
By: Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

For more resources, go to
Copyright © 2008 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge


Your Kids Matter to God!
🔸 God’s view of children
Psalm 127:3-5
3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. 5 How blessed is
the man whose quiver is full of them; They shall not be ashamed, when they speak
with their enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)

🔸God’s instructions to parents
Ephesians 6:1-4
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2
Honor your father and
mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3
that it may be well with
you, and that you may live long on the earth. 4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4 (NIV)

🔸Summary: Children are a gift from God, a sacred stewardship temporarily entrusted to parents for the purpose of raising godly offspring to fulfill God’s agenda
for His world.

🔸The Question: What does a godly parent look like?

Four snapshots of a godly parent
☆1. Godly parenting begins with positive, clear-cut Objectives !

Fathers, don’t overcorrect your children or make it difficult for them to obey the
commandment. Bring them up with Christian teaching in Christian discipline. Ephesians 6:4 (Phillips)

● The Principle of Focus

● God’s Dream vs. The American Dream For Your Child

☆2. Godly parenting demands we practice we preach.
1 Corinthians 4:14-16
14 I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. 15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers,
for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you
to imitate (mimic) me. 1 Corinthians 4:14-16 (NIV)

● The Principle of Modeling

● “More Is Caught Than Taught”

“More Is Caught Than Taught”

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☆3. Godly parents build relationships that bond.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
. . . 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. 8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who
calls you into His kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NIV)

● The Principle of Relationship

You have
The Parent’s
Lifestyle (Beliefs
+ Values)

One one side and

+ Values)

On the other side in between is
What links the two –

The Strength of Relationship

🔸Eight “Keys” That Build Relationships That Bond
(Listen to audio, notes below)

4. Godly parenting requires _________________ __________________ and
____________________ _________________.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us
from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (NIV)

● The Principle of Process

● 5 Magic Words – ______________ _______________!
______________ _______________ ________ !

● It’s Never Too Late!

Discussion Questions:
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how positive of a parent are you?
2. Discuss which point was most helpful to you. Why?
3. Where do you need to focus some parenting energy? What specifically will the next
step look like?

This is Part 1
House or Home
– Parenting Edition
Is There a Parent in the House?
God’s Blueprint for Biblical Parenting Ephesians 6:1-4
For more resources, go to www.
Copyright © 2012 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

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