How To Be A Good Parent (1 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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How To Be A Good Parent (1 of 5)
Series: Model For Positive Parenting
Jeff Strite
I Thessalonian 2:1-12

OPEN - I read a poem several years ago that went this way:
If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back to you, it is yours...
If it doesn't, it never was.
But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, takes your money, and doesn't appear to realize that you've set it free.....
You either married it or you gave birth to it.

APPLY: This month we're going to be talking about how to have a happy home.
We're going to be examining Scripture to discover God's blueprint for a model family

And this morning, we're looking at a passage that tells those of us who are parents, or grandparents, or uncles and aunts, or whatever… this passage tells us how to be the best influence we can upon our children

Now, I Thessalonians 2 isn't actually talking about how to BE a good parent.
What Paul is doing in this passage is explaining that - when he'd planted the church at Thessalonica - he had made every effort to treat that church like a good parent would treat their child.
Look again at verses 7: "…but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children."
And in verse 11 Paul writes: "For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children"

Paul tried to be a good parent to that church, and so he ended up giving us the basics of what a good parent LOOKS like, and what a good parent ACTS like.

If you treat your children in the way Paul describes here you'll be raising your kids the way God wants you to raise them. AND, you'll be the most successful parent you could possibly be!

So… how do you go about being this KIND of parent???

I. Paul told this young church that when he and his fellow missionaries spoke…
They spoke "…as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel" II Thessalonians 2:4

Paul realized that God had given him a special responsibi ...

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