Off Center

Off Center

Children are a blessing and an important responsibility. Yet, what happens when children become the center of the home?

Sermon Text: Philippians 2:3-8; Hebrews 12:2


My Next Steps

Want More? Download life application materials based on this week’s message for use in Sheep Squads, home devotions, & other small groups.

Connect: How would children’s lives in the modern family context today be different (and better) if their lives were focused on knowing Christ and on serving others?

Treasure to Share: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

Resources: Check out Patient Parenting by John Juern – a collection of 49 articles about the Christian home that appeared in Lutheran Parent magazine.

Challenge:  Take some time to ask yourself who is really the center of your home. Is it the kids? Is it you? Or is it Christ?

Talk about implementing at least one of the following ways (or make up your own) to make your home more Christ-centered this week:

  • Pray together as a family. Read the Bible. Use the resources we send home with the kids at Bible Quest. Try making a Devotion Jar.
  • Stop rescuing your kids. Let them feel the consequences of their actions and lead them to repent.
  • Say no. Every desire is not a need.
  • Set and enforce boundaries that are informed by the Bible.
  • Help your children serve others emphasizing Christ’s love for us as our motivation.
  • Others ideas? Share yours in the comments below.
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