Family Ministry Today

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

How Parental Authority is Good News

by Derek Brown – Feb 18

Tim Chester and Ed Moll recently posted a helpful excerpt on parental authority from their book, Gospel Centered Family at Gospel-Centered Discipleship.

Karen slumped onto the sofa.

“It’s just the terrible twos,” her friend had told her this morning. But there was no “just” about it. This was war! She loved Jack so much, but he was driving her mad. Refusing to eat. Throwing food on the floor. Pulling books off the shelves. Hitting his baby sister. Screaming on the supermarket floor. She’s tried reasoning with him. She’s tried negotiation. She’s tried bribery. Truth was she wasn’t even sure what she was trying to achieve. It just felt like crisis management.

Then the baby monitor crackled into life. Here we go again. “Is there more to parenting than survival?” she asked herself.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:1-4

What is expected from children and parents?

Why should children obey their parents?

What does it mean for parents to “exasperate” their children? Can you think of examples?

Why does the writer point out that this commandment is the first with a promise?

What does this passage suggest is the purpose of families?

Read the whole post here.