In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, continues his series of sermons on strengthening your family. This is the third in the series and it concerns parenting. Here are some excerpts:

Who is Our Model for Parenting?

“…Where do you look to get help in parenting? Who is our Model? Well, there’s only one Parent Who has ever been perfect, and that is our heavenly Father; and Jesus says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” God is the model Parent. I don’t think parenting is really that complicated. You can be a great parent, and here’s the simple secret — treat your kids the way God treats you. Our heavenly Father is a perfect Parent to us, and the way God treats us is the way we ought to treat our children…”

“…Let us look today at what God is like, and what He is about, and then draw from that some applications for the parenting task…”

“…If I want to be like my heavenly Father…”


Do you know what the very last verse of the Old Testament says? Listen to Malachi 4:6: “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” And that, I am convinced, is a beautiful definition of spiritual revival. That’s what I would love to see happen here at Faith Church — fathers’ hearts turned toward their children, and children’s’ hearts turned toward their fathers; because no church is stronger than the families in that church, and no nation is any stronger than its families.


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


July 22, 1990

Matthew 5:48

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