MESSAGE NOTES Question: What do children need most from their Christian parents? Big Idea: The way you treat your children has the power to either or them. Ephesians 6:4 (NLT) 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. your responsibility as your child's primary disciple-maker. v4 1 Fathers… “Parents should care more for the loyalty of their children to Christ than for anything besides, more for this than for their health, their intellectual vigor and brilliance, their material prosperity, their social position, their exemption from great sorrows and great misfortunes.” ~ R.W. Dale Don't your children. … do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Colossians 3:21 (NLT) 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. your children up God's way. ...Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. WHAT SHOULD I FOCUS ON? Focus on the ABC's A above agreement. B above behaving. C family above child-centered. Focus on your Father. Hebrews 12:10–11 (NLT) 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.