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Summary: The directive to the citizen of the kingdom of God is "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." The pursuit of the kingdom should be the organizing principle of every follower of Christ. Christian parents are called to embrace this pursuit a

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TRAINING KINGDOM KIDS

PROVERBS 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

INTRODUCTION: Jesus taught the importance of children. He said that the children who came to Him were pictures of those who are citizens of His kingdom. In Matthew 18:3-4 "(Jesus) said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." The directive to the citizen of the kingdom of God is "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." The pursuit of the kingdom should be the organizing principle of every follower of Christ. Christian parents are called to embrace this pursuit as they train their children to be Kingdom Kids.

I. The Primary Responsibility for training Kingdom Kids lies with the Parents.

A. It is neither the state’s nor society’s responsibility to train our children.

B. There is an the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" While a community may have an impact or influence on a child, it takes godly parents who step up to their God-given responsibility to train kingdom kids.

C. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And you shall love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up."

D. Ephesians 6:4 “And, you fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

E. The school will teach children how to read, but the environment of the home must teach them what to read. The school can teach them how to think, but the home must teach them what to believe. – Charles A. Wells

II. Training is an ongoing, never-ending Process.

A. Parenting is a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week, 365 days a year task. It extends from the cradle to adulthood.

B. Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

C. A public school survey in Maryland showed that parents spent an average of 15 minutes a week in "meaningful dialogue" with their children--children who are left to glean whatever values they can from peers and TV. Senator Dan Coates, Imprimis, Vol 20, #9, Sept, 1991

D. Deuteronomy 6:7 "…you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up."

III. All Training must grounded in Absolute Truth – the Word of God.

A. Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."


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