Parenting for Life 1

God’s Blessing in Children

Text:  Psalms 127;  128:1-6;  139:13-16;  Jeremiah 1:5            

I.  CHILDREN ARE AN INVESTMENT, NOT A LIABILITY      Ps 127

          A.  Revealing a Righteous Generation

          B.  Receiving Eternal Benefits

II.  CHILDREN ARE HIS, NOT OURS

          A.  The Lord Gives                Psalm 147:13

          B.  The Lord Blesses             Proverbs 17:6

          C.  The Lord Trains               Proverbs 4:1

          D.  The Lord Protects            Job,  Hosea

III.  CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING,  NOT A CURSE

          A.  Fulfilling the Purpose of Marriage                         Genesis 2:23

          B.  Fulfilling the Purpose of the Generations             Genesis 1:28;  9:1

                   1.  Receiving the Children

                             a.  Children are like arrows            Psalm 127:1-5

                             b.  Children are like olive plants     Psalm 128

                             c.   Children are like the Kingdom of Heaven     Matt 19:14

                                      (1)   Mighty in seed   Psalm 112:2; Exodus 1:7-10

                                      (2)   Mighty in spirit       (ill: John the Baptist, Daniel)

                                      (3)    Mighty in service

                   2.  Rejecting the Children

                              Reasons for not having children

 

 

Jim Carter