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“God’s Playbook on Parenting”

 

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

 

  • Parental don’ts
    • Don’t be absent
    • Don’t be hypocritical
    • Don’t be abusive
    • Don’t be permissive
  • Parental do’s
    • Do be jealous
    • Do be angry
    • Do be surrendered
    • Do be sacrificial

 

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A young man, newly married, went to see his pastor.  He said, “I think I love my wife too much.”  The pastor was surprised and a bit curious.  “What makes you say that?”  “Well,” replied the young man, “I can’t get my mind off her.  I think of her first thing in the morning.  I think of her throughout the day and can barely get my work done.  I can’t wait to get home to see her in the evening.  I even dream about her.” 

 

The pastor thought for a moment and then asked, “Do you love her as much as Christ loved the Church?”  “Well, I guess I don’t love her that much.”  “Well, then,” said the pastor, “Get busy!”

 

Men, a lot of us need to get busy loving our wives!  God is going to teach us this morning how to love her well.  Please turn in your Bibles to Ephesians 5:25-33 . .

 

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“Husbands, Get Busy!”

Ephesians 5:25-33

 

  • Summary of his responsibility

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (v. 25).

    • Love is commanded
    • Love is compared
  • Specifics of his responsibility
    • Sacrificial love

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (v. 25b).

  • Sanctifying love

That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by . . . the word (v. 26)

  • Sensitive love

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church (v. 28-29).

 

  • Supreme love

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother . . .” (v. 31a).

 

  • Steadfast love

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (v. 31).

 

  • Symbolism of his responsibility

This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church (v. 32).

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For the adventurous among us, there are some exciting and dangerous treks that you can take.  I’ll mention three (see attached photos) that I’ve taken from a list of the world’s top ten most dangerous hikes.

 

One is Mount Huashan in China.  It is a very steep mountain, with sheer drops of hundreds of feet.  The trail leaves you breathless.  In Spain there is a similar trail called the “Caminito del Rey.”  Many have died hiking that trail.  In fact, for some years the government closed the trail because of a spate of deaths there. 

 

My family and I have actually hiked the third trail I’ll mention.  It is called the Bright Angel Trail.  It is in the Grand Canyon.  Strangely enough, it may be the most dangerous of all.  Part of the reason it is so dangerous is because it is so close to civilization.  The beauty is alluring but the dangers are real.  110 degree temps in the summer.  Lack of water.  Dehydration.  Steep cliffs.  Overconfident hikers.  Strenuous climb—basically one mile up over 9.5 mile hike.  Each year there are about 200 rescues attempted.  About 12 people per year die at the Canyon. 

 

Life itself is a hike.  It’s a trek.  There is alluring beauty all around us but also hidden dangers.  This is true for your family.  You’re on a journey together and God wants you to make it to the destination safely.  To do so we must “watch our walk.”

 

In Ephesians 5:15-21 we will learn how to fight for our family by walking a secure, sensible, and spiritual path.

 

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“Watch Your Walk!”

Ephesians 5:15-21

 

  • Walk securely (Eph. 5:15-16)
    • Time is passing
    • Time is perilous
  • Walk sensibly (Eph. 5:17)
    • Be saved
    • Be sanctified
    • Be submissive
    • Be Spirit-filled
  • Walk spiritually (Eph. 5:18-21)
    • Understand the requirement (Eph. 5:18)
    • Understand the results (Eph. 5:19-21)
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