by Zach Terry

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The Role of the Parent (4 of 6)
Series: Haustafel
Zach Terry
Ephesians 6:4

We have been in a series called HAUSTAFEL which is the german term Martin Luther used to describe these passages in Eph. and Col. that deal with role in the family.

• So far we've looked at the Husband and the Wife.
• Today we are looking at the Parent, and next week we will look at the Children.

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

Now if you want a full exposition of that verse let me encourage you to listen to the Ephesians Podcast. Today rather than unpack this verse I want to use it as a spring board to give you a basic theology of what the Word of God says about Parenting.

Psalm 127:3-4 (ESV)
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.

Children are like arrows and parents are like warriors that guide those arrows in the proper direction.

Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

To help you understand the role of the Parent I'm going to use the acronym GUIDES.
G-U-I-D-E-S Let's jump right in.

G - Give
Parenting in by nature sacrificial and giving. Children are created by a contribution of a Mother and a Father. Throughout your life children will cost you.

2 Corinthians 12:14 (NIV)
14 …After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

It is expected that Parents will provide for their children. They will, "save up" for them.

Paul saved some of his harshest words for those who didn't provide…1 Timothy 5:7-8 (ESV) 8 … if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

LISTEN: If you are a dead beat dad, an absen ...

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