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Jun 24

Thoughts about the ‘D’ word

This Sunday I preached the fifth sermon in the Faith and Family series at Romford Evan, on the role of children in our families. I have already written a post from the first half of the sermon about reasons why children honouring and obeying their parents is a good idea.

In this post, I’ve shared a few thoughts and pointers on the subject of discipline. I trust they prove useful.

Jun 23

Why honouring and obeying parents is a good idea

We live in a cultural context where children are increasingly being allowed not to honour and obey their parents (or anyone else for that matter). For instance, I know of only one or two secondary schools where good behaviour is to be expected and not rewarded. In the majority of secondary schools nowadays it is the opposite. Good behaviour is not expected and so it is rewarded. The distinction is subtle yet has massive implications.

In the fifth week of our sermon series on Faith and Family, we looked at the role of children in our families and saw that Children are to live in the image of Jesus, who loves and obeys his heavenly father (and showed this by loving and obeying his earthly mum and adopted dad). Ephesians 6:1-3 is a key text in setting out the expectation to honour and obey parents, and it gives us three reasons to do this... 

Jun 18

The role of the Word in our families

Last weekend I preached the forth sermon in a six sermon series entitled Faith and Family at Romford Evan. The big idea of the sermon, based primarily on Deuteronomy 6:4-9,20-25 was that God gives parents a simple but far-reaching calling: to listen to God's Word, believe and accept it, and pass it on to their children (and their children, etc). 

In the sermon I shared some observations from Deuteronomy 6, 2 Timothy 3 and the subject of God's Word in our families generally. For those who need the reminder, here they are...