Mt. Zion Church
Pastor Stephen Lebar
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
The greatest father is our Father in Heaven
What is a successful Father?
The way a son describes you to his friends is an indicator
The Effective Father by Gordon McDonald
details a trip in a raft
he looked down stream for his son
he looked at the effects of current decisions
he looked to keep them dry
Our kids are following us whether they know it or not…
We need balance with our kids
Don’t give them a Car without Care
Don’t give them Expectations without an Example
Don’t give them a Church without conviction
Don’t give them correction without commendation
5 Costly Compass Bearings
1) A wrong emphasis
2) A wrong environment
3) A wrong expectation
4) A wrong example
5) A wrong entanglement
Inconsistent living in front of the kids will make spiritual input a joke
Are you charting the right course?
There is hope II Peter 2:7-9
Chart for the future
You have to make decisive plans
Be prepared, chart the course, read your Bible
Talk to the next generation
The best thing is to turn to Christ
True North is Christ
4 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generationabout the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.
4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.
May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.
A spiritual leader sees things from God’s perspective
A spiritual leader builds a hedge of protection
A spiritual leader takes a stand
A spiritual leader is consistent in his testimony
A spiritual leader makes a conscious decision to forsake sin