Sunday Sermon // How to BE ‘with my kids.’

How to BE? // How to BE 'with my kids.'

[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]

Engaged parents (adults) raise strong children.

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NLT)

Engaged parents (adults) raise strong children.

  • Engage by mentoring.

Mentoring involves:

  • Time
  • Modeling
  • Preparation

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. (2 Timothy 1:5, 6 NLT)

David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death. (1 Chronicles 22:5 NLT)

  • Engage by encouraging.

But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. His presence was a joy, but so was the news he brought of the encouragement he received from you. When he told us how much you long to see me, and how sorry you are for what happened, and how loyal you are to me, I was filled with joy! (2 Corinthians 7:6, 7 NLT)

People who are encouraged, encourage others.

I am where I am in life (not my career, but in my LIFE) because of the encouragement of the generation(s) before me.

Encourage means to give support, confidence and hope to someone.

The American Dream is like a chocolate cake made with arsenic. It looks great and like something we want to endulge in, but it ends in death and emptiness. Wouldn't we rather show them unconditional love, forgiveness, obedience to God, and trusting in the Spirit?


  • Engage by forgiving.

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (Colossians 3:13 NLT)

Do we have grace for our children's mistakes?

The best parents will have kids that mess up.

The greatest lesson we can give our kids is unconditional love.

Parents, we will mess up too.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NLT)

Engaged parents (adults) raise strong children.


Next steps:

  1. Set aside time to examine your level of engagement.
  2. What is one thing you feel The Lord is telling you to do?
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