Physical Harm Remember Three Mile Island (1979) Adults risk their lives
Spiritual Harm Not so much attention –Parents mentioned earlier –Took children home –Set them in front of the television –What can we do?
Set A Good Example Notice the text –On the parents’ hearts (v. 6) –Then teach it (v.7)
Set A Good Example Live what we teach –Teach honesty; cheat on taxes (Romans 13:7) –Teach morality; live ungodly (Romans 12:1, 2) –Teach faithfulness; forsake the assembly (Hebrews 10:24, 25)
Set A Good Example God given duties first –Not too busy working, entertaining, etc. –Trouble (Genesis 13:10-13; 19:26-36) –Lost his wife –Defiled by his daughters
Provide Spiritual Training Children learn what is important –Story of the “dear old book…” –Illustrates the emphasis in the home
Provide Spiritual Training Can’t depend on the church –Not enough and not meant to be –Other influences at work
Provide Spiritual Training Importance of Bible teaching –Israel’s responsibility (Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:6, 7) –Paul’s teaching (Ephesians 6:4) –Timothy as an example (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15)
Aware of Harmful Influences What goes on in our homes? –Allow unwholesome movies, television, internet. (Philippians 4:8) –Unwholesome music (Galatians 5:19-21) –Have their affect (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Aware of Harmful Influences What about at school? –Get involved –If they don’t respect your authority, seek other options
Aware of Harmful Influences Who are their friends? –Peer pressure (1 Kings 12:14) –Danger of negative influence (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Equip Them To Deal With “Isms” Not always been done –Maybe evolution was covered in teaching creation –Some expertise may be necessary
Equip Them To Deal With “Isms” Humanism and modernism –Godless philosophies doomed to fail –Truth is absolute with respect to God, Christ, and the church (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17) –Lead to moral bankruptcy as “every man does what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25)
Equip Them To Deal With “Isms” Postmodernism –God is the one true God (vv. 4, 5) –Jesus is Deity, born of a virgin, died on a cross, and was raised from the dead (Matthew 1:23; 27:50; 28:6-9) –No compromise (John 8:24; 1 John 2:22; 4:1-3) –Church is His body (Ephesians 1:23)
Conclusion Dangerous times Are we equipped to deal with the issues? Are you a Christian?