Family Ministry Today

The Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

4 Goals to Pursue in Parenting –

by Derek Brown – Jul 17

Following up a post on “5 Dangers to Avoid in Parenting” at, William Boekestein considers “4 Goals to Pursue in Parenting.”

Near the end of Colossians 3 God speaks his will to people who play a role in six different relationships; Wives, husbands, children, fathers, bondservants, and masters. Only to fathers does God NOT speak a positive command. He simply says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Col. 3:21). Perhaps by doing so, God is accentuating the uniquely devastating problem of parental provocation. Still, Ephesians 6:4 teaches us that there is a clear alternative to provocative parenting.

So, instead of provoking our children to wrath and discouragement how do we bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord?”

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