There is one primary instruction for young men in the book of Titus and that is that they be sober-minded. Why is this the primary instruction for men? Unpacking this helps us understand how young men are to be growing in Gospel maturity and embracing responsibility.
Children, obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1; Luke 2:51).
Honor your father and mother (Ephesians 6:2-3; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Luke 2:49; John 2:4; 19:25-27).
Love God even more than you love your parents. Prioritize obedience to God's plan over even the most important human relationships (Luke 2:49; John 2:4; Luke 8:21).
Birth (Luke 1-2)
Childhood [Adolescence] (Luke 2)
Ministry (John 2; Luke 8)
Death (John 19)
This sermon is Part 2 of a series of sermons developing a Biblical worldview in the area of marriage and family, then using that grid as the basis for understanding the significance of Solomon's instructions in Proverbs 5 regarding moral purity.
Pastor Stoos begins the section of Genesis that covers the life and work of Joseph but shows how we must see this as part of the life of Jacob, the Son of Promise.
He draws important lessons for our young people, helps us see Jesus and how we can find comfort in the promises of God.
The reason we think little about Jesus' boyhood is that it seems so ordinary. But that is the very reason we should study it, for that is when his humanity is most clearly seen. His spiritual development was in the context of a religious family. Since he was 'made under the Law' he has sympathy with us as we try to keep God's commands. The Law was his source of comfort as well as instruction, as it should be to us also. The incident in the Temple suggests it was his Bar Mitzvah, and he understands us when we realise we are personally responsible to God. His awareness of being the Son of God was apparent, and led to ever-greater acts of obedience. We see his social development as he lived in obedience to his mother and Joseph (even though they were merely human, and did not understand him). What an example to Christian families! He went to through all the stages of childhood and adolescence. Later on he experienced the world of work. In all these things he was developing and sympathetic understanding for us in our struggles, and was fulfilling the Law of God on our behalf.
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PURPOSE: I want to challenge you to be like this young Jewish girl in three ways, so that even if one day your parents are not around, you will still follow God.
For the parents, I want you to talk to your kids about trusting in God through everything, and having hope in God.
1.) Be like this girl, who still follow God even when life is hard (v.1-3)
2.) Be like this girl, who loves even her enemies
3.) Be like this girl, who trusted that God can do all things
Biblical View on Homeschooling
Faith Debate: January 12th, 2014
News Radio 930 WFMD in Frederick, Maryland
What are the good and bad aspects of homeschooling, and is this approach to education the most biblical?
Troy Skinner. Pastor, Household of Faith in Christ
Jon Switzer. Pastor, Crossroads Valley Church
Angela Phillips. Director of Development, New Life Christian School
Parenting teens is very challenging and yet it can be beautiful! The teen years do not have to be years of rebellion, fights, and separation. They can be years of rich relationships and forming growth. What is the primary goal of parenting teens? To produce mature adults.