Train up a child child dedication service


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Sermon message by Pastor Dr Ng Kok Moi during special Child Dedication Service on 28 July 2013

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Train up a child child dedication service

  1. 1. Committing our children to the Lord
  2. 2. Committing our children to the Lord
  3. 3. Train up a child in the way he should go… Proverbs 22:6
  4. 4. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (NIV) Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it. (TLB) Point your kids in the right direction — when they're old they won't be lost. (THE MESSAGE) Directive…… Result……
  5. 5. • Dedicate -- “to give to the gods” • A house (Deut 20:5) • Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 8:63; 2 Chro 7:5) • King Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold (Dan 3:2) • Train • Setting aside • Narrowing or hedging in – from evil towards godliness • Putting food in the palate of babies Directive
  6. 6. …. in the way • “way” – path, roadmap, principles for parenting • “THE” – prescribed, definitive… the “proper” way …. UP • Direction • Towards godliness • Encourage & challenge them to rise to their full potential Directive
  7. 7. … he should go • Not how parents want him to go • Not in the way he would go • But the way he SHOULD go • Discern the child’s individuality and God-given special strength "Can you give us any special instructions about how we should raise the baby after he is born?” (Judg 13:12) Directive
  8. 8. Result “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Alexander Pope Early training shapes later life Cool bent tree near Geraldton, W Australia
  9. 9. A Tale of 2 young men….. (from the Bible) Early years spent with their parents…. then they were taken away…. but their feet had been set on the right path…… Result
  10. 10. • Brought up as a Hebrew child • Taught in Egyptian court • Led Israelites out of Egypt • Grew up in Judah • Taken into captivity to Babylon • Became PM of Babylon • Daniel in the Lion’s Den Moses Daniel
  11. 11. John White ResultDirective
  12. 12. Not a promise, but common sense principles.
  13. 13. King David – Children are the source of great joy as well as great sorrow…. (Pro 23:24-25) JOY…. Quiver full of them (Ps 127:3-5) GRIEF…. “O Absalom… my son Absalom” (2 Sam 19:4) Solomon would have broken David’s heart, if he had lived to see Solomon’s idolatry.
  14. 14. Rebekah…. Esau was a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 26:35) Rebekah said to Isaac, "I'm disgusted with living because of these Hittite women.… (Gen 27:46)
  15. 15. R
  16. 16. R • Way of Jesus Christ (Jn 14:6) • Instill in them an unshakable faith, trust in God • Decision making – choose the right way • Holiness
  17. 17. R Susanna Wesley • Susanna: "If I had stopped with 19 times, the whole labour would have been wasted!" • Habit forming—minimum 21-28 days
  18. 18. R Prov 13:24 – “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Prov 19:18 – “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.”
  19. 19. R Prov 22:15 -- “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.” Prov 23:13 – “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.”
  20. 20. R James Dobson James Dobson: start disciplining your children @ approximately 14 months of age…. after 4 years old, the concrete hardens a little and you have to work harder to break it up
  21. 21. R • Demonstrating how to do something • Giving a set of tools, demonstrating a skill
  22. 22. R • To feed & protect • To support & encourage • To bring up, train, educate The sum of the environmental factors influencing the behavior.
  23. 23. Tiger on Tightrope Royal Hanneford Circus - Westchester NY, 2013-02-16 The only tiger in the world who has been trained to walk the tightrope Parents are like tiger trainers….
  24. 24. A Tale of 4 Families
  25. 25. A Tale of 2 Schools Jul 22, 2013, Business Circle Malaysia Jul 23, 2013, Malaysiakini SK Seri Pristana, Sungai Buloh SK Lemoi, Tanah Rata, Pahang
  26. 26. SK Seri Pristana, Sungai Buloh
  27. 27. SK Seri Pristana, Sungai Buloh
  28. 28. SK Lemoi, Tanah Rata, Pahang
  29. 29. SK Lemoi, Tanah Rata, Pahang