Our family LOVES our church! When I say Loves, I mean… L O V E s our church. Our paster is AMAZING. It was a big factor in us staying in Texas vs. Moving when my husband retired. Well there is a new series Paster Tim just started and it’s called 6570. Basically it’s the amount of days you have with your child from the time they are born until they are 18. Each of those days we , as parents, are responsible for teaching and parenting our child or children. Those who know me well, know that I am a follower of Christ and I love that this information is all linked back to the bible. Even if you are not a Christ follower, this series is fabulous and so much good information. SO I will be posting the links to watch it live and also the written part as well. It will be one week behind. For example, this part I am posting today was actually last weekends service. This weekends service will be posted next weekend. Of course if you want to watch it live from the internet campus next weekend (the third part in the series, just go to the icampus web address and watch at the listed times.
All the notes are directly from the New Hope Church Website.
6570 – Part 1
Series: “6570 Days” (Part 1 of 5)
Open: What do you (or would you) enjoy most about being a parent?
Explore: Read Ephesians 6:1-4. 1. Why is a child’s obedience to his or her parents pleasing to the Lord (vs. 1)? 2. What blessing is promised to children who honor their father and mother (vs. 2-3)? What does it mean to “honor” your parents? 3. How does God want fathers to treat their children (vs. 4)? Why is it easier for children to obey fair and loving parents than unreasonable and demanding parents? 4. The Lord is to be the center of parent-child relationships (vs. 4). How does bringing your children up in the “training and instruction of the Lord” provide guidelines for parents?
Reflect: Review key points from the lesson before answering the questions. Feel free to ask the same question to more than one person. 1. The Bible teaches that God must be the foundation of the home, just as Jesus is to be the head of the church. Why is this so important when it comes to raising a family? How would you describe the spiritual foundation of your home today?
2. In our culture today, parents tend to prioritize their relationship with their children over their relationship with their spouse. List some of the long term effects this can have on the marriage. …on the family. …on the child. What are some steps parents can take to ensure family priorities and values remain balanced and healthy?
3. Our responsibilities as parents include training, protecting, and introducing our children to Christ. Which of these do you think is the easiest to do? Which of these do you think is the hardest? Why? 4. Many parents focus on protecting their child from physical dangers, but Matthew 18:6-7 warns of protection from spiritual danger. What can you do to protect your children from spiritual danger?
5. One way to introduce your children to Jesus is by taking them to church, but it is important for them to be introduced to Jesus in your home as well. In what ways have you tried to (or would you like to try) incorporate Jesus in to your home?
Apply: Next steps. As a group: If you are a parent, share with your group what you will do differently this week in one area of your parental responsibility –train, protect, or introduce. Pray for and encourage each other over the next week as group members take these new steps. If you are not a parent, share what you will do differently this week to make God the foundation of your home.
On your own: If you are married, do something special for your spouse this week to cultivate your relationship. If you are not married, do something special this week to cultivate your relationship with Jesus.
Listening Guide Notes
If you want to be a good parent… 1. Your home’s foundation must be God.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
–Psalm 127:1a (p. 430)
2. Your most important human relationship must be your spouse.
“Honor your father and mother.” –Ephesians 6:2a (p. 816)
3. Your responsibilities must be taken seriously.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” –Proverbs 22:6 (p. 453)
 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.  Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” –Matthew 18:6-7 (p. 688)
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” –Matthew 19:14 (p. 689)
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:4 (p. 817)
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
–3 John 1:4 (p. 859)