Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part One (Ps 78:1-8)

Yesterday was Father’s Day in Australia. Now to those of you who aren’t fathers, or don’t have children, or don’t get on with your father, or get sick of churches banging on about families to the exclusion of people who are single… don’t tune out! Because this week – yes, in honour of Father’s Day – we’re looking at Christian parenting from the perspective of everyone in a community of believers. Not just parents.

It takes a church

There’s a proverb that says: it takes a village to raise a child. But it takes an arsonist to raze a village. I think the second bit wasn’t original. But the first part is often cited as a truth that contemporary, Western society has overlooked in our increasingly disconnected, isolated family units. Hilary Clinton famously used it as the title for a book, looking at the ways in which society helps parents raise children. Many Christian conservatives in the US took issue with the book, firing back that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes a family to raise a child.

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Two (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’re looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Three (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’re looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Four (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’re looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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Christian Parenting for Everyone – Part Five (Ps 78:1-8)

In honour of Father’s Day last Sunday, all this week we’ve been looking at Christian parenting. But not just for parents – for everyone. Our text is Psalm 78:1-8, which is the introduction to a very long Psalm that recites the great deeds of God in Israel’s history. But the introduction itself tells us a lot about teaching future generations about God. We’re using John Piper’s six key ideas as our “window” into the Psalm:

(1) God, the central reality in our lives, (2) has given us a fixed deposit of his truth (3) which we are to teach (4) so that our children might know that truth (5) and therefore put their trust in God (6) enabling them to live lives of loyal obedience.

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