Elementary Chapel, The Talk, Self-Control and Humility

What I shared @ ECS chapel on September 10 and November 12.  I posted this on our www.ekidzministry.com site as a parent resource.

I have had the opportunity to speak in chapel twice this year and have used this times to speak about two of the character qualities in the book Time for the Talk.

Zollos writes that the talk is not a specific one time conversation you have with your son.  It is  "a process that takes many years and can be profoundly rewarding." 

The book lists 6 character qualities that need to be clarified so you can develop an open discipleship relationship with your son.
Hopefully these definitions can help you help your child.

At the bottom of this post is the Psalm 34:10 song we sang.

This blog post and previous post  are designed to help parents develop a discipleship relationship with their sons and prepare for the talk.

On September 10th I spoke at the ECS elementary chapel.  
My main point was self control.
The verses used were 1 Peter 5:8; Proverbs 25:28; Galatians 5:22, 23

To pursue self control means to live according to the Spirit of God, choosing to glorify God with our lives and deny the sinful nature when tempted to do otherwise.

The big idea was "My life is not my own"
Self-control:  I do what is right even though I don’t feel like it.

Today, November 12th, I spoke again
My main point was humility.
The verses used were Psalm 34:10; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 2:4 - 5.

To pursue humility means choosing to accept the fact that your knowledge and abilities are limited and in light of that, you are regularly seeking help and graciously receiving advice and correction.

This idea of humility was connected with this month's theme of thoroughness ("I complete the job all the way.").

To get the job done, we all need help.


Family, Work and Life for God!!

This Sunday in EBC's Young Adult class we looked at Ephesians 6.
Here are the main ideas along with some additional quotes.

The Gospel Centered Family in Ephesians 6:1 – 4.
The main idea is "Paul provides instructions for the Christian household, covering matters of honor and discipleship."
"For those of you who are not yet parents, remember that the whole body of Christ helps train children. Paul seems to assume children are in attendance as this letter is read, along with others who may not be parents. This instruction is for everyone. If you are single, married with no kids, or married with moved-out kids, the kids at your church are, on one level, your kids. The church is a family (see 1 Tim 5: 1-2). What this means is you should love them, pray for them, teach them, and serve them— while recognizing the parents have a unique, special calling to do this." (p. 146)
God Focused Work in Ephesians 6:5 – 9.
The main idea is "Paul gives instructions to slaves and masters, exhorting them to glorify Christ with proper attitudes, work ethic, and a deep awareness of Christ’s lordship."
"Some have estimated that in the Roman Empire there were 60 million slaves (Stott, Ephesians, 250), or one-third of the people in a city like Ephesus. It was an accepted part of the Mediterranean world’s economic life."  (p. 159)

"In 1 Timothy chapter 1 Paul lists particular sins associated with the breaking of the Ten Commandments. The breaking of the eighth commandment (“ Do not steal”) is represented when he mentions “kidnappers,” enslavers, or slave dealers (1 Tim 1: 10)," (p. 162)
The God Empowered Life in Ephesians 6: 10 - 24.
The main idea is "Believers are called to stand firm in the midst of spiritual warfare by God’s power, with God’s armor, and in constant prayer."
"Do not look in the wrong place for strength. Our strength is not in our resources and ability, in how long we have been Christians, in how much we know about the Bible, or in how long we have been in ministry. Our strength is in our union with Jesus Christ and His mighty power (1: 19)."  (p. 176)
All quotes are taken from Tony Merida's Exalting Jesus in Ephesians (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), B&H Publishing Group.

Here are some resources related to several different areas mentioned in the Ephesians 6 lesson


Emmanuel's family ministry resource page:  www.ekidzministry.com
Why did God permit slavery?    www.desiringgod.org/interviews/why-did-god-permit-slavery
Gospel @ Work Conferences resources, go to www.thegospelatwork.com/resources/ 
EBC related prayer resources to help your prayer life.  blog.emmanuelbaptist.com/category/prayer/