Protecting Your Children - Fearless Teaching #5

Protecting your children, as used here, is a reference to trying to keep the young people in your life safe.

Introduction: I believe this series of studies will help us be stronger disciples of Jesus Christ. A key idea throughout this series is to be fearless (i.e., in relation to this world) and faithful (i.e., in relation to God’s will). This series of teachings is based on the above mentioned book (By Max Lucado. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2009).

The format of the teaching will feature summary highlights of the chapter, some discussion questions and points, and pastoral comments. Students are encouraged to purchase the book (see below); however, these class notes will be sufficient for the intended studies.

Chapter Five – My Child is in Danger
Summary Highlights -
- Fear of Not Protecting Your Children (see Lk.8:50). Our children belonged to God, before the belonged to us (see Ps.127:3). Learn to give them back to God on a regular basis (see Gen. 22:2). Lamentations 2:19 supports the idea of being an advocate for your child before God.

If we don’t take our fears about our children to Christ, we will take them out on our children. We are tempted to be paranoid prison guards. Or we can swing to the other extreme and be permissive parents - high on hugs and low and discipline. Prayer helps us not be paranoid or permissive.

- As with Jairus in Luke 8:49-50, the best parents can have trouble with their children. When we entrust our kids to Jesus, He can unite our household and banish our unbelief. Don't forget that God is a father. Even in death, we must remember that our children are in the arms of God.

Discussion Questions and Points –
1. What impact does knowing that our children belong to God first and that we should give them back to Him regularly and advocate for them in prayer have on your being tempted to worry about your children?

2. Discuss the problems with paranoia and permissiveness.

3. Discuss how your understanding of God being able to take care of our children relate to your experience of children suffering from bad choices and terrible circumstances.

Pastoral Comments –
- Every good parent wants to be known for "Protecting your children." However, there are so many variables that are beyond our control. Worry will not give us more control. Giving up and being negligent in what we can do will not help. Let's work on doing our part and trusting God with the rest, as it relates to our children.

Conclusion: It is my prayer that this material has not simply been interesting. The hope is that you have prayerfully studied it and engaged in some serious soul searching. The ultimate aim is for us to be doers of God’s will – mature disciples of Christ.

Let’s continue to work on being both fearless (i.e., in relation to this world) and faithful (i.e., in relation to God’s will). God has much for those who obey His will.

921391: Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear
By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Fear is like an invisible prison. It holds you captive, influencing your choices and perceptions about life, God, and other people. Can you imagine what your life would be like without fear? With so much going wrong in the world it can seem hard to picture. In Fearless, Max Lucado author of 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, and pastor of Oak Hills Church, shows you how life can be lived with confidence and joy, when you replace your fear with faith. Let this inspiring and timely message encourage your heart today!

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