Resources to teach about marriage and parenting seem to seldom be readily available. Two proven resources consisting of 5 lessons will take you beyond the romance of Valentines Day.
Using these you can build a series around Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. This material is also ideal for a small group setting.
The lessons are Bible-based. The lessons are practical and proven. Each lesson includes teacher notes and a student handout ready to be duplicated.
Beating the Marriage Busters
- Session I: Mistakes-You Blew It! The lesson is built around Eve’s bad decision in the Garden of Eden. Imagine Adam’s response. What could Adam and Eve have done differently
- Session II: Broken Integrity-Protecting With a Lie How would you feel if your spouse lied about being married to you? Abraham did this to Sarah. Abraham was protecting his own skin. Can you rebuild trust when your spouse has lied?
- Session III: Extramarital Sex-Playing Outside the Lines David’s sin with Bathsheba is a classic example of how many affairs begin. From the example learn to build barriers of protection.
- Session IV: Frustration-When Your Mate Loses Faith. Job’s wife had experienced enough. She’d lost everything too. Her response to Job, “Why don’t you curse God and die?” How do you respond when your spouse is struggling with life experience?
- Session V: Losing Godliness-When Families Lose Their Godly Identity The book of Ezra offers a pattern of being compromised by the surrounding culture. Ezra gives direction on restoring and protecting that identity.
Material to teach a small group or young marrieds about parenting is rare. These seven lessons were originally taught to a Sunday Morning Young Adult Class. Hundreds of churches have used the material in the ensuing years. The lessons are:
- Session I – Parents Who Play Favorites – Isaac and Rebekah Can you imagine the chaos where each parent had a favorite child? What implications did such favoritism have for Jacob and Esau? Are there similar implications for modern parents who play favorites?
- Session II – Leaving Your Children – Under the Influence Who or what influences your children? Pharoah was willing for the Israelites to go worship, as long as they left their children behind. In what ways can parents leave their children under the influence of a culture much worse than Egypt?
- Session III – Over-Indulgent Parenting – Eli The priest’s sons were out of control. Eli would not reign them in. What did it cost his sons? What did it cost Eli? What did it cost Israel? How can a parent refuse to over-indulge or over-protect their child?
- Session IV – What Price Success? – Jephthah Success has a price tag. How much are you willing to pay? Are you willing to lose your kids in order to accomplish your own ambitions? We say, “No.” Does our behavior say, “Yes?” Jephthah neglected the law of unintended consequences.
- Session V – Making Good Rules – Saul and Jonathan In a time of stress Saul established a bad rule. His son almost lost his life for having broken that rule. What sort of parental rules are bad rules? What is the outcome of such bad rules? Learn to make good rules!
- Session VI – Setting Your Kids up For _____? Hezekiah made a bad decision when he showed Egyptians his treasures. Later, Hezekiah compounds the error and demonstrates parental selfishness. Isaiah told Hezekiah of the certainty of judgment after his death. Hezekiah responded, “. . . as long as it is well in my days.” He positioned his children for failure.
- Session VII – Culture and God Hiel rebuilt Jericho at the cost of losing his own sons. God’s warnings were ignored. The message of warning was considered antiquated. Culture tends to shape our thinking away from the things of God. What do such decisions cost us?