Today we discuss the philosophy about how to implement Biblical methods:
1. Cultivating the right mindset: proactive, focused on deep communication, a "long-term view," and a commitment that you are more like your child than unlike him.
2. The two tools that the Bible gives for the process of shepherding: the rod and communication.
Have you ever taken a bird's eye view of your parenting goals? What are you hoping to accomplish through your education and training of your children?
One of the challenges that Christians face is unconsciously cultivating unbiblical goals - due to pressures from society and culture. Today we examine several areas of life where Christians can have unbiblical goals and what the correct Biblical perspective in those areas should be.
Mark 7:14-23 - What is it that defiles a person? The food that he eats or the thoughts of the heart? Jesus provides a concrete answer.
Children live out of the abundance of the heart and one of the primary goals of parenting is to discern what that abundance is. The challenge for parents is to take time to disern the thoughts and intentions of the heart and then to know which Scripture passages and principles will address those intentions.
How does our culture think about authority? How has the culture's perspective influenced Christian parents? What is Biblical authority and how is it applied?
Biblical authority results in Biblical discipline - defining discipline and explaining the difference between discipline and punishment.
Question of reflection: If I don't practice Biblical authority or discipline in my child-rearing, what does that say about my love and devotion to God?
What is the Worship Orientation of the Heart?
How are parents and children similar when considering worship orientation?
**Re-published due to audio glitch in original episode**
Look for the episode on authority to drop on Monday!
This series will focus on raising children from a Biblical worldview.
Children live out of the abundance of their heart - and guess what? So do parents! In this episode, I will define and clarify what it means to live out of the heart and I will explain how the idols of our heart influence behavior and decision making.
Many thanks to Tedd Tripp and Stuart Scott for helping me understand these principles.