Message 30: The Worst Dad Ever: How To Fail Parenting 101

David: 1st & 2nd Samuel

By Dr. Larry Osborne, July 30, 2022

The Worst Dad Ever: How To Fail Parenting 101

A Family Tragedy Of The Worst Kind

2 Samuel 13:1-22

How To Fail Parenting 101

  1. Set an you don’t want your kids to
    2 Samuel 11/ Luke 6:40/ Ezekiel 18:1-32/ Exodus 20:5

  2. Get
    2 Samuel 13:21 / Ephesians 4:26-27 & 6:4

  3. Do
    2 Samuel 13:21 & 1 Kings 1:5-8/ Revelation 3:19, Hebrews 12:6-8 & Proverbs 13:24 Proverbs 19:18 & Proverbs 22:15

  4. Ignore the
    2 Samuel 13:21 & 1 Kings 1:5-7/ Luke 15:11-32/1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22-25, 1 Samuel 3:13/ Luke 6:45 & Mark 7:21-23

  5. Provide a instead of your

A Better Plan

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 & 11:18-20

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Food for Thought for the week of July 31, 2022

  1. Pastor Larry reviewed King David’s role as a father and the parenting mistakes we can learn from today. If we seek to align our parenting with God’s Word, we can look to the ultimate example: God our Father. In Hebrews 12, we receive a clear outline of how God parents His adopted children, you and me. God’s parenting hinges on discipline, something that is often frowned upon in today’s world. Underline the word discipline every time it is used in this passage. Circle who is receiving the discipline.

    • Hebrews 12:5-11 New International Version (NIV)
      5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

      • According to this passage, what are a few reasons God chooses to discipline us?
      • What additional insight does Hebrews 12 provide about what discipline can lead to in the life of a son or daughter?

  2. One common parenting mistake that Pastor Larry highlighted is the tendency to “ignore the obvious” out of our love for our children. Read Job 5:17-18. How does this passage challenge your parenting style? What parenting encouragement can you take from this passage?

    • Job 5:17-18 New International Version (NIV)
      17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

Take a few moments to reflect on your parenting in light of this message by Pastor Larry. Is there anything the Holy Spirit is identifying within your relationship with your children that might need to be addressed?


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