Family – Proverbs 31:10-12; 22:6
Brian Sullivan   -  

Sermon Text: 

Proverbs 31:10-12 – An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not harm, all the days of her life. 

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Sermon Passages and Quotes from the service: 

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,


The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:22-26

Vows: “to actively engage in making your spouse more and more into the man/woman God created them to be”

Pr 31:28 – Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her.

“There is more at stake for your child than getting into the best schools and the best sports and the best jobs. Your child has an eternal destiny. God has called you to train up your child to go to Heaven. That is ultimately “the way he should go.” How do you help your child get there?” – Ray Ortlund

Delight – has to do w/ love, acceptance, enjoyment, affection: the LORD reproves  him whom he loves, as a Father the son whom he delights. –  Pr 3:12

Disciple – training, instruction, direction: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity….let the wise hear and increase in learning -Pr 1:2-5

Discipline – has to do with correction, pain, discomfort: Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be willing party to their death – Pr 19:18

“minor sadness now avoids great despair later” – Tim Keller

“If you want to be a better parent, understand how God parents us” – Ted Sinn

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:25-26