Summary: Taken from the Message version. To raise spiritual champions we must Hold Hands, Whisper Encouragement, and Show them step by step how to live well before God
RAISING SPIRITUAL CHAMPIONS
June 12, 2005 Jay Davis Robison 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Popular poem several years ago: If you love something set it free If it comes back to you it is yours If it doesn’t it never was. Always uncomfortable w\poem Read new ending this week, But if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff eats your food, takes your $$, and doesn’t appear to realize you’ve set it free; you either married it or gave birth to it
Several weeks Family matters! this wk parenting gr-parenting so important alarming stats from Children’s Def Fund Marian Wright Edelman, Every day in America . . 38 Kids die violently, of that 3 neglect 13 homicide 16 shot accidentally, 6 commit suicide 5702 Children are arrested of that # 316 for violent crimes 403 for drug abuse, 5702 more tomorrow! May say if do crime do the time but consider each day 8523 Children are reported abused or neglected
Disheartening, upsetting parents may want to throw in towel But God believes in parents and grandparents today Matter of fact when Paul thinking of his r-ship to church at Thessolonica God said like a parent father or mom vs from Message Bible tips for Raising Spiritual Champions
With each of you we were like a father with his child, holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step by step how to live well before God, who called us into his own kingdom, into this delightful life. 1 Th 2:11-12 The Message
Young student of child behavior frequently delivered lecture “10 Commandments for Parents” Married became a father. Title of lecture altered to “10 Hints for Parents.” Another kid Lecture became ‘Some Suggestions for Parents.” 3rd child. Guy stopped lecturing. Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations
Underlined words points for sermon today discuss these But remember you are RAISING ADULTS not CHILDREN All your children will ever be, they are now becoming… What you do w\them at 2, 4, 6 or 8 will determine what they will do at age 12, 18, 24, or 36, Right now, they under construction, like a new house built from the ground up. Once completed, house subjected to forces of nature wear & tear of life. Will foundation crack? or roof leak? Don’t know til get there
1. Holding Hands
Paul talking to church in Thessalonica, were being led astray said I am like a dad leading children, look at how Dads\Moms are to lead, Holding hands
Remember when you were small what did adults say Hold my hand now while we cross the street Idea of protection, and orientation to world
Few phrases in world as powerful as "I love you anyway."
11 Things Kids need to know Bill Gates Business @ The Speed of Thought, Gates says know them as lessons for life, basis for real world
RULE 1 - Life is not fair; get used to it.
RULE 2 - The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
RULE 3 - You will NOT make $40,000 yr out of HS. You won’t be a VP w\cell phone, until earn both a HS & college degree.
RULE 4 - If think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.