[A few weeks
ago we began looking into the Resurrection Family as we connected what Paul
wrote in Colossians 3.1 to our text.
If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of
[If you are a
born again Christian and your home is filled with born again Christians then
you ought to have a home filled with the resurrection life found in our Lord
Jesus Christ. We can all have
resurrection homes and families right here, right now.
Now, next in our text is a verse directed toward children, hence we
will focus today upon what it takes to be a Resurrection Kid.]
A Resurrection Child is,
Child That Regards God (vs 20;
your parents in all things:
for this is well
pleasing unto the Lord. – I believe that it is in the heart
of children to know and please God.
There is nothing that builds confidence within ones heart and mind as
much as knowing that one is truly pleasing God.
The problem is that as we grow and mature in life, our world, our
friends, the culture around us begin to challenge whether or not we are
really pleasing God.]
enter into our lives and challenge our understanding of God with their
philosophies or their ideas about God, religion, and spiritual matters.
These skeptics will often cause us to doubt what we believed so simply when
we were younger. The Bibles
Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.]
Christians must be careful about those things that would influence them to
doubt God and His Word.
Children, you need to know that the Bible is the Word of God.
The Word of God never changes, is completely trustworthy, and is
worth following and obeying.
The children’s song states it correctly when it sings,]
obey for there no other way to be happy in Jesus,]
[But to trust
will find nothing by confusion, frustration, and desperation when you fail
to be Resurrection Children.
But walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, guided by the never failing Word of
God, and you will know a peace that passes understanding, and the eternal
joy and contentment of God.]
[So, just what
ought to mark a child of the Resurrection?]
Resurrection Children will have,
Ears that Hear (Prov 3.1-2; Eph 6.1-3; 5.15-16)
forget not my law;
but let thine heart keep my commandments:]
[listen and hear]
your parents in the Lord: for this
thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3That it may be well with thee,
and thou mayest live
long on the earth. ]
timao (gk) - to affix value, honor, revere.]
should a child honor their parents?
For the whole of their long lives.]
let thine heart keep my commandments.]
Children, your life, your success in life, your happiness in life, is
wrapped up in your willingness to listen to your parents.
The Bible says,]
For length of days, and long life,
and peace, shall they add to thee. ]
[There will come a day, children, when some one in this
world is going to ask you to believe them more than your parents.
Don’t you do it? There
is only one person you can believe more than your parents and that is God
Himself. Christians must always
believe God first and then their parents.
No one cares for you more than your Heavenly Father and your parents.
A wise child will value the lessons that their parents teach them.]
[A Resurrection Child will Hear and
Learn from his parents.]
that are Honest (Prov 3.3-4; Col 4.6)
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake
thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and
good understanding in the sight of God and man. ]
[A child of the
resurrection will cleave to mercy and truth.
This means that a Child of God ought to always be kind and
compassionate. But not so
loving that the truth no longer matters.
There are many in our world that believe that if you love someone you
should never hurt their feelings, even if it means lying to them.]
[Instead, we ought to value and elevate the truth and
be merciful and compassionate in the way we present the truth.
True love is undeniably bond to the truth.
You are never showing someone true love if you have to lie to them.
God calls us to,]
Let your speech
be alway with grace,
seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.]
So shalt thou find favour and good
understanding in the sight of God and man. ]
[People will respect a person who is faithfully
truthful and merciful at the same time.
Don’t ever be harsh when sharing the truth.
Your reputation is found in your honesty and compassion.]
Kids have Honest Hearts!]
that Honors (Prov 3.5-6; Jer 17.9; Isa 30.20-21)
Trust in the Lord with all thine
heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.]
Limitations - Your heart will draw you away from God if you let it.
Why? Because of the
natural tendency of our heart and will.
The Bible says,]
17:9 The heart
is deceitful above all
things, and desperately
wicked: who can know it? ]
[Our hearts are naturally sinful, naturally wicked; but
the redeemed heart ought to be different.
A Child of God ought to have a transformed heart that fully trusts
God and God’s people.]
[Children, be careful to not lean on your own ideas and
understanding, but seek after and trust the Lord first.
When you seek the Lord first then your Heavenly Father will give you
the direction you need.]
[Whom will you allow to direct your path; your friends,
your teachers, or God?]
["Resurrection kids are have a faith that Honors
A Child With Resolved
Parents (vs 21) [-
Fathers, provoke not your children
to anger, lest they be
discouraged. – In order for resurrection children to be the God honoring
children that our Heavenly Father wants them to be then they need
Resurrection Parents. A home
with Resurrection a Father, Resurrection Mother, and Resurrection Children
ought to be a happy and glorious home.]
there are some Resurrection Children who do not have resurrection homes.
Their homes are not resurrection homes because dad, mom, or siblings
are not resurrection people.
While it is best if all in the home are the born again Children of God,
every resurrection child needs to know that they need to be a resurrection
child no matter what. Why?
Because this is God’s way and command for all of His children.]
[Dad and mom
you can do much to help your Children be the Resurrection children they need
to be by being the godly parents they need you to be.
Be a parent that is resolved to be a resurrection parent nurturing a
resurrection home. Parents
there are three things that your child needs from you in your home.]
Your Child Needs,
(Prov 1.8-9) [or clear counsel.]
My son, hear the
instruction of thy
father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother:
9 For they
shall be an ornament of
grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.]
[A child needs
to be taught right and wrong and the older they get the more they will need
to know why things that are right are right and why things that are wrong
are wrong. When children are
young a parent might be able to say, “because I said so.”
But as they get older they need to know why things are right or
God and I Time - Parents a great way to help your children know
right and wrong is to have a Family God and I time, perhaps right after
supper. Make it regular, if
possible daily, and make it meaningful.
Keep it short, and keep it based on the Word of God.]
[In our world
a child will need instructions about using technology, email, facebook, cell
phones, friendships, and a host of other things that will try to influence
[Parents, a failure to teach your
children right form wrong and to give them clear constraints will provoke
your child to anger and discourage them.]
Because the world will be telling them all kinds of things, alluring
them in. They need clear
counsel from their parents.
They need to hear your counsel warning them away from this worlds hazards. A
daily, regular, committed God and I Time that is meaningful will help your
child to be the Resurrection Child he or she longs to be.
hear the instruction
of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:]
children need for you to talk with them.
They may, at times need for you to tell them things, but they really
need for you to communicate with them.
They need for you to listen to them and talk with them.
Communication is two way, it is full duplex, it is speaking and
listening. Many parents talk at
their children but do not talk with
Family Meal – I have always said that the dinner table is the
most important table for a family.
A Resurrection home ought to have a daily dinner table that everyone
is expected to attend, for it is at this table that much will be discussed
and communicated. Too many
families have become too busy to spend undisturbed time talking with each
other. This time is far too
precious for your family and your marriage to allow it to be interrupted by
television, athletics, or anything else.
Make this time a priority.]
Commotions – I heard about this on a sermon I was listening to
the other day. I don’t recall the
preachers name, but while I was listening to him I thought to myself, “Yes,
I wish I had heard about this years ago.”
Follow up your Family God and I time with Family Commotions.
Family Commotions are a time when everyone talks about something from
their day, and everyone is expected to share something.
Some might think this has the feeling of a family gossip time. Just
talk about everything.]
[What a family
commotion time will do is it will open up discussions about all kinds of
things and these will present natural teachable moments.
It will also help parents to guide their children in learning to talk
about all kinds of things and all kinds of people in appropriate ways.
I like the idea of a Family Commotion time.]
Clear Commitment (Eph 6.4)
And, ye fathers, provoke not your
children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the
[Without any doubt raising a resurrection child takes a clear commitment.
Parents this means time, and a lot of it.
But not just time being the family driver.
Parents you need to spend time teaching, nurturing, and guiding your
children. Also you need to
spend time enjoying life with your children.
And most important of all spend time worshipping with your children.]
A Child Of The Resurrection
(John 3.3,7) [–
A resurrection child must be a child
of the New Birth. Jesus said,]
Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see
of God. ]
3:7 7 Marvel not that I
said unto thee, Ye must be born again.]
cannot be Risen With Christ
(Col 3.1) unless they are risen with Christ.
Hence, one must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord
and Savior in order to enjoy the Resurrection life.]
May 23, 2010