Beyond Obedience

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A Bible-centered Parenting Approach

Teaching Children to Honor Their Parents

March 22, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Shining Stars Christian Preschool
Orange County Church of Christ
10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92618
Childcare will be provided
Cost: Free, RSVP with Stacy Williams

Beyond Obedience

The special guest speaker will be Dr. Mike Messina, Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Here’s what Dr. Mike has to say about the day.

I am excited to present this special parenting class.  With two children of my own, I am very passionate about the topic of parenting.  Being a parent is not easy, but I consider my job as a parent the most important job that I have.  As a Christian, I want nothing more than for my children to love God and obey His Word.  It is for these reasons that I strive in prayer and hard work for my own kids, and strive to teach Bible Centered Parenting to other parents, so that they too can know the joy of their own children loving God and obeying His commands.

You may find it surprising that children are only specifically addressed once in the entire New Testament: Ephesians 6: 1-3 says,

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise—‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’”

They are addressed once and given two specific commands with regards to their parents: 1) to obey and 2) to honor.

They must obey and they must honor.  But how do they learn to do this?  Does it come naturally?  No.  We need to teach them.  They have no problem learning on their own how to disobey and dishonor us…but to have them learn the opposite, they must be taught.

That is where our important job comes in.  We all want life to “go well for our children” and we want them to “enjoy long life”.  These two wonderful promises are given to children when they “honor” us.  Obedience, while this alone is difficult to attain, is simply not enough.  Children must also learn to honor.  I have seen many children in my life obey but not honor.  But every child who honors, by prerequisite, also obeys.

Learning how to teach them to do both should be of prime importance to every parent.

This class will focus on teaching both.  Most parenting classes only teach parents about how to gain obedience (or compliance) from their children.  Most do not discuss the important command of “honor”.

Make the time for this great event.  It will be worth your time.

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