Session 3.1

Session 3: Applying Discipline

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

Psalm 127:3-5

If my child behaves, does that mean I did things right?

We all want kids who obey (uh. And who make us look good).

But is it possible we could have well-behaved kids…and miss the boat?

Take Aim Questions

Take some time to journal and process the questions below, they’ll help you apply parenting principles that will set you up for success.

The videos emphasized that we shouldn’t tie our acceptance of our children or our love for them to only their behavior. Why is that so important? What might this kind of conditional acceptance teach them about God?

Do you agree that it’s better for a parent to focus on a child’s heart transformation rather than simply trying to correct their behavior?

What ideas or suggestions do you have for targeting the heart of your children?

Do you talk to your children about sin and about their need for a Savior?

The Need To Know

Inside out

  •   Our goal isn’t simply morality or behavior modification or information–though those matter. It’s transformation and regeneration of the heart.
  •   We often parent on the externals—but the internal must be our focus.
  •   The point of the “rules” is also to show our kids their own need for Jesus.