Summary: The Five Pentecostal Principles of Parental Perpetuation 1. Prayerfulness 2. Preservation 3. Protection 4. Perseverance 5. Patience.
The Five Pentecostal Principles of Parental Perpetuation
Pentecostal: A Christian, walking and living in God’s Word
Principle: A basic truth, law, or assumption. A rule or standard, especially of good behavior.
Parental: relating to, or characteristic of a parent
Perpetuate: To cause to continue indefinitely
Proverbs 17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
2 Thes. 3:1-5
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Paul gives 5 principles here to these young Christians in the church to impress on their hearts the great need to carry through in these things.
1. Prayerfulness 1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
Paul was asking them to remember in prayer the one who wrote this letter to them.
Paul was the greatest missionary, the greatest evangelist, the greatest teacher the church world had ever known,
yet he felt the need of the prayers of these converts in order that he might better fulfill his ministry.
Allow me to change this verse just a little:
Finally, husbands, pray for your wives,
Finally, wives, pray for your husbands… that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.
Add this… if people prayed more for their spouses, there would be a lot less criticizing done of them!
Some people …that’s all they do is criticize.
BUT when you take your wife or husband before the throne of God in prayer… that criticizing gives way to a spirit of helpfulness.
Then instead of criticizing… it’s…. what can I do to make my spouse’s job easier on him/her?
BUT this morning, we’re dealing with Parenting: How does PRAYER and PARENTING relate?
They really go hand in hand. Because successful parenting is going to take a lot of prayer!!!!
How can you perpetuate prayer in your children’s lives? How can you get them to have a prayer life?
a. By you having a prayer life. B. By you being the example.
Do you recall what Perpetuate means? Perpetuate: 1. To cause to continue indefinitely
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit
So we must perpetuate PRAYERFULNESS in their lives.
When do you start? 2 years? 4 years? 6 years? No, immediately.
If you have already developed a habit of prayer, it will not be difficult to do this with your family.
2. The 2nd Principle of Pentecostal Principles of Parental Perpetuation is PRESERVATION
2Thes. 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
It is a sad fact that some WILL NEVER BELIEVE and be saved.
No matter how clearly and tenderly or boldly the
Gospel is preached, some will never open their
heart and mind to the word of God.
The reason they will not believe God’s word and the contents of it is because THEY DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE… for in believing and receiving, there will have to be a forsaking of sin.
AND most enjoy their sin too much to forsake it.
Paul refers to this type of people as UNREASONABLE and WICKED.
And his desire is to be DELIVERED from these type of men
PRESERVATION: To treat fruit or other foods so as to prevent decay. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition
We as parents have an awesome duty and responsibility to PREVENT DECAY in our children….
To keep them in a perfect or in an unaltered condition.
Deut. 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Do you see the perpetuation here? In order for our children to become perfect, we must strive for perfection ourselves…. To love the Lord our God with ALL our heart, soul and might.