August 20, 2023

成為一位有紀律的父親 – Be a Father With Discipline

意志與紀律有非常密切的關係, 一個沒有紀律的人, 他作事一定是有頭無尾。我們都明白要培養紀律的心確實不容易, 但這不代表沒有可能, 紀律是可以培養的, 可以訓練的。管教孩子是我們的責任, 作為父親如果只是供養孩子的需要卻沒好好教導孩子, 這是作為父親的過失, 要培養孩子有紀律是長期的挑戰, 但這是父親生命的延伸, 也是父親教導下的成果, 如果孩子從小在父親身上看見有律紀的榜樣, 最後會幫助他們成為一個很紀律的人。

Within the family, the chief responsibility of disciplining children lies with the father. While the path of discipline may be challenging, it does lead to a lifetime of reward. Listen to Rev. Jeremiah Cheung this week as he instructs fathers to model discipline at home as they train their children to become responsible men and women for God.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

2 Tim 3:10 | Hebrews 12:5-6 | Proverbs 19:18 | John 8:32 | Psalm 5:3 | 1 Sam 2:29

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
• Share the disciplines you practice on a regular basis (e.g. exercising, doing your devotions, eating healthy). What were the motivations behind starting these disciplines? How are you able to sustain them?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
• What did you learn about your father (or yourself) through the message?
• What did you learn about our Heavenly Father through the message?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
• For fathers: Examine your heart. Have you been disciplining your children with the motivation of spoiling, punishing, or authentically loving them?
• For all: Do you take responsibility for the consequences of your actions? What difference do you think this makes in your life and in other people’s lives?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
• For all: In which areas of your life are you struggling with succumbing to instant gratification? Identify the root causes and commit to concrete steps you can take to develop delayed gratification for necessary areas.
• For fathers: In what ways can you model persistent discipline to your family this week?

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
• Praise our Heavenly Father for being loving and just, pruning and disciplining us in the right measure.
• For fathers: Recall the times you have failed to discipline your children or disciplined them with the wrong motivations. Model repentance and humility by apologizing to your family.
• Pray that fathers will value things that are truly valuable and remain self-disciplined even if no one is watching.

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