Parenting: Leaving a Legacy of Loyalty & Love

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Monday, 22 October 2012

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  • The concerns of parenting: Two little stories and three frequent statements

  • The context of Deut. 6 and our contemporary context: Idolatry in its various forms

  • The crux of Deut. 6: The call to be faithful in preserving and passing on godly heritage and values



A. The Case for Co-parenting

1. The adverse effects of paternal neglect

2. The (scriptural) admonitions for paternal involvement

B. The Call/Commands of God (Deut. 6:1-3)

Commitment and covenant and the promise of provision (possession) and prosperity

C. The Core/Central Values (Deut. 6:4-5)

1. Loyalty: Jehovah God is the only God and there is no other God besides Him

2. Love: Loving God wholeheartedly and giving Him first priority

D. The Concretization of Core Values (Deut. 6:6-9)

Being an example of ...

1. A living faith

  • Emulating discipleship: A relational process  
  • Embracing values and virtues  


2. A loving relationship

  • Expressions of love  
  • Exercise of discipline (Eph. 6:4)  


• Power of entertainment industry and peers vs.power of an involved parent

Questions for Reflection & Discussion

1. The man (father) is called upon to take the lead in the family, especially in spiritual matters. What are some challenges (including barriers, hindrances, difficulties) you face in doing so?

2. What are some wishes and dreams you have for your children by the time they reach 21? You can categorize these under ‘physical/emotional/mental-academic/social/moral/spiritual/etc.’

3. What do you think and how do you feel about the three things that the speaker emphasized:    

a. That parenting is a process, best accomplished through a relational approach  

b. That “parenting is discipleship”  


c . That you are called upon to be a model to your child(ren)