The second part of this series is Simply Amazing! I’ve started applying it and I have already noticed a big difference! THANK YOU GOD!!! This is something worth taking the time to watch.
Here is the listening guide!
“Your Discipline Default Mode”
Series: #6570 Days (Part 2 of 5)
Open: Which phrase best describes the atmosphere of discipline in your house growing up? a) fast and furious, b) consistent and fair, c) all show but no go.
Explore: Read 1 Samuel 2:12-26. Eli served as the high priest for the nation of Israel. He had two boys destined to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, they were wicked men. At the same time, a young man named Samuel was also training to be a servant of God under Eli’s care. 1. In what way did Eli’s sons corrupt the priestly office (vs. 12-17)? According to the story, what did their father, Eli, do to correct their behavior? 2. Leviticus 7:25 states that any who violate God’s offerings should be “cut off from his people.” Why do you believe Eli failed to follow God’s standard with his own two boys? 3. Although Samuel was not Eli’s son, he did grow up with God’s favor on his life. What does this tell us about the connection between our obedience and God’s blessing (vs. 18-21)? 4. What danger did Eli put his sons in by not taking the time to discipline them earlier in the story (vs. 22-25)?
Reflect: Review key points from the lesson before discussing the questions. Feel free to ask the same question to more than one person. 1. What do you believe is the best practice a parent can utilize to raise a child the right way? a) love, b) discipline, c) education, d) prayer, e) chores, f) other.
2. If parents truly love their children they will discipline them. How are love and discipline actually two sides of the same coin? What steps can parents take to ensure that they always discipline in love? 3. Pastor Tim gave several guidelines for preparing kids for the future. Share one parenting lesson you know now that you wish you would have known a little sooner. Is it ever too late to start doing the right thing as a parent?
4. Even as adults God continues to train us as His children. How has God been testing your faith/shaping your behavior lately? 5. What is the biggest take away you learned from this lesson? How will you put this lesson into practice in your life over the next several weeks?
Apply: Next steps. As a group: Write down the names of every child represented by your group (age doesn’t matter). Next, pray for each one of them by name. Ask God to protect them, bless them, and use them for His glory.
On your own: If you are a parent, think about what kind of adult you are trying to develop in your children. Evaluate yourself in the area of discipline and training. Make adjustments as needed. If you are single, think about how God is developing your life. Ask God to show you any areas that need to change.
Listening Guide Notes When you discipline in a God-honoring way…
1. Your attitude is not anger / but love. “…the Lord disciplines the one he loves.” –Hebrews 12:6a (p. 845)
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
–Revelation 3:19 (p. 863) 2. The result is not guilt / but security.
 “…the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined — and everyone undergoes discipline — then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.” –Hebrews 12:6-8 (p. 845)
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:4 (p. 817)
3. Your focus is not the past / but the future.
 “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.” –Hebrews 12:9-10 (p. 845)
4. Your purpose is not to bring the pain / but to train.
“Discipline me, LORD, but only in due measure— not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.” –Jeremiah 10:24 (p. 532)
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” –Hebrews 12:11 (p. 845)
 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” –Matthew 7:9-11 (p. 679)