Parenting Sermons

Written by Serena Berger
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Parenting sermons may be opening up a touchy subject. Family dynamics are the most important human relationships in our lives, yet many people resent what they perceive as the interference of another in these private relationships. One of the quickest ways to alienate someone is to offer them unsolicited advice on raising their children.

That does not change, however, the fact that almost everyone could use some help maintaining their values and establishing a positive and nurturing family environment, especially when things get difficult. A good minister will be able to find ways to incorporate Christian ideals and specific passages of scripture into parenting sermons or sermons which touch on the topics of family relationships. These topics may be as specific as referring to the commandment to honor your parents or as abstract as talking about how to protect and care for children's needs during a divorce.

Parenting Sermons from Proverbs

Modern parenting sermons may take on the infamous line from Proverbs 13:24 which essentially tells parents not to shy away from the use of corporal punishment. Obviously this is not a view common to many parents any more, so the presence of this Bible verse causes great consternation, and in the past may have caused great harm. A caring and intelligent minister will find a way to explain it, both in terms of past beliefs and current social values.

Proverbs (clearly a veritable fount of parenting advice) 22:6 enjoins, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." In Christian traditions, the family and the church, together, train a child in religion and values. Even prodigal children or rebellious children never forget what they have been shown and taught by deed and word, so if the church can help parents foster a healthy and loving environment, this is likely to be the best foundation for children to grow up and live with tolerance and morality. Parenting sermons which help adults keep families together are some of the most important sermons a minister can offer.

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