Children and Parents (1 of 2) by Brian Fletcher

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Children and Parents (1 of 2)
Series: Colossians
Brian Fletcher
Colossians 3:17-21

17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Introduction: Let me guess what happened in your house this morning…
Parent: Time to get up, you've got 45 minutes til we leave for church.
Child: uuggh.
15 minutes later…
Parent: please get up, we are leaving in 30 minutes
15 more minutes later…
Parent: Get out of bed, now! We are leaving for church in 15 minutes.
Child: why do we have to go to church? church is boring.
10 minutes later… child walks into kitchen
Parent: what are you wearing?
Child: clothes
Parent: barely, you can't wear that to church
Child: why not?
Parent: it's not appropriate.
Child: ''Mom, dad just said I'm ugly.''
Parent: go change your clothes
Child: I hate you.
Parent: I know, I love you too.

Disobedience leads to conflict, provoking leads to conflict neither are being obedient to the gospel. So, the question today, as it always is, How does the gospel impact the relationships in our family, specifically with our children and our parents?

The first thing we have to do this morning is look at the context of these verses. Context is King. So whenever we come to a passage in the Bible to study it, we have to look at the context.

What is the entire book about?

What do the verses before it and after it say?

How do the passages before this one relate to this one? Is there a connection? Does current passage build off of the foundation of the former passages?

In this case the answer is absolutely yes. In the book of Colossians, Paul spends the first two chapters explaining the gos ...


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