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Don't Leave the Children Behind

Introduction: God created the family, or household, as a spiritual unit. It is unnatural for it to be divided spiritually. God wants it to be united.

For Salvation

  • Zacchaeus (Luke 19:9-10)
  • Philippian Jailer (Acts 16:30-32)

For Sanctification

  • The Believing Spouse (1 Corinthians 7:12-14)
  • Example of Abraham (Genesis 18:19)

How can the family be a true spiritual unit? It takes ELC (compare to TLC – tender-loving care). ELC stands for Example, Love, and Command. This is taken from Ephesians 6:4 – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

  • EXAMPLE bring them up
  • LOVE in the nurtureof the Lord
  • COMMAND in the...admonition of the Lord
  1. EXAMPLE bring them up
    1. Must Bring Up to Bring Out (Genesis 19:12)
    2. Must Be Up to Bring Up (Proverbs 22:6)
    3. The Power of Example (1 Peter 3:1-4)
    4. The Pattern of Example (1 Timothy 4:12)
  2. LOVE in the nurtureof the Lord
    1. Show the Butter and Honey to your Children (Isaiah 7:15)
    2. Avoid Inconsistent or Unjust Dealings (Ephesians 6:4a)
  3. COMMAND in theadmonition of the Lord
    1. The Part of the Children (Ephesians 6:1-3)
    2. The Part of the Parents
      1. Command in the ways of God (Genesis 18:19)
      2. Demand obedience (Proverbs 19:18)


The Biblical Order is Required

  • Example first
  • Love before command

Absolute Determination is Required

  • Satan is after your children
  • May take years of faithful application
  • Many obstacles will present themselves


  • Not during the terrible twos this is when most parents lose their children
  • Not during the early school years
  • Not during the rebellious teens
  • Not when they are grown and on their own


  • Are you the example your children need?
  • Are you balancing love and command?
  • Are you praying for your children?
  • Are you refusing to give up?