“Raising Next Level Kids”
Series: “Next Level Family” (Part 3 of 3)

To Raise Next Level Kids…

1. Get right & stay right .

“…the Lord disciplines the one he loves.” – Hebrews 12:6a (NIV)

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” – Revelation 3:19 (NIV)

2. Create and .

 6 “…the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” – Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)

Boundaries and Discipline…

a. Clearly state .

b. Give a with a reminder of the consequences.

c. Without anger, follow through with the .

d. After the discipline, tell them you love them and

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

3.  Let them .
7 “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined — and everyone undergoes discipline — then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.  9 'Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.” – Hebrews 12:7-10 (NIV)

Digging Deeper
READ: Hebrews 12:4-12, Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21, Proverbs 22:6

1. How were you disciplined or corrected as a child? What do you think was good or bad about it? If you have children (or plan to), how has that effected the way you (or will) discipline them?

2. What measures does God sometimes take to get HIS kids (us) back on track? Why? What can we learn about God from the fact that he takes the time to discipline us? Why do you think he disciplines us? What are the two sides of discipline explained in Hebrews 12:11? How should these principles help us to be better parents?

3. If you were to rate your Christian walk from 1-10, how well are you running it? What’s keeping you from “Getting right, and staying right with God?” Where do you think your life might be if God didn’t take the time to discipline you when you went astray? Why shouldn’t we lose heart when God disciplines us? If you have children, how are you disciplining them in a way that doesn’t make them lose heart?

4. Pastor Tim said to raise next level kids, WE need to “Get and stay right with God, create and enforce loving boundaries, and let them fail and help them back up.” Of these 3, where do you need work? Are you struggling to get or stay right with God? If so, what do you need to do/change? Maybe you need to set some boundaries with kids or just for yourself? Do you struggle with being a helicopter parent; maybe it’s time to trust God, and to let your children fail? Take time to pray with your group, and take steps this week to make changes in these areas.


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