The Rebellious Child
Colossians 3:20 (ESV)
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
1. Are you satisfied with the definition of “children” as entailing both age and responsibility?
a. Do you think that our culture lacks a “rite of passage” for when children become adults?
b. If so, how might you or have you instituted a rite of passage for your own children in their growth toward adulthood?
2. Do you think the motto of “The more I pay, the more you obey” is helpful? If so, why? If not, why?
3. Why does the entire future of a society depend on how well children are obedient to their parents?
a. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a society with godly parents but wicked children.
b. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a society with wicked parents but godly children.
4. Why is it both helpful and important to discuss obedience as primarily a matter of the heart that desires to listen?
a. How does that help qualify “in everything” so that it doesn’t include parental instruction to disobey God?
b. How does that help qualify “in everything” so that it protect a child from abuse?
5. How can a child actually please the Lord through obedience to his or her parents?
a. How does it help to understand that the phrase is literally “in the Lord”?
b. How does the death and resurrection of Jesus help us please God, and why is it impossible to please God without Jesus?