How To Make Sure Your Kids Go To Heaven

  • Matthew 19:13-15 How to get your children to heaven
  • I’ve never really loved flying- Those cards- pretty scary- put the mask on the kid before yourself
  • Are you just wearing your mask and watching the kids next to you suffocate and die
  • We all want to go to heaven and live for Jesus- do we want our children to?
  1. Do you value Children?
  2. Jesus valued Children, we should value them. If we don’t, we don’t value the word.
  3. These guys were rebuking the others that were bringing children, and Jesus says to let the Children come to him. He loves children. They are an example of the kingdom of heaven
  4. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
  5. Jesus describes Children as the example of the Kingdom of Heaven- That means if you want to know what the kingdom of heaven is like- You should get to know Children– they are precious
  6. Last week we talked about divorce- and I told you- I don’t like to only talk to some people in the room but I got to talk to parents today- and the whole church- even if they aren’t your kids
  7. Some of you no longer have kids at home- but you have kids here at church and Jesus cares about these kids based on the Scriptures- You can’t just distance yourself from children because they are rambunctious. Some of these kids will be running this church in the next 5-15 years. People want to be in charge of stuff and we want to let them- You have the ability now to get in their heads and hearts. Kids have memories. We want all of them to go to heaven
  8. Jesus says don’t forbid- we don’t forbid. We don’t distance kids- we value them. We want to see them saved. We want them to love Jesus and desire righteousness. (this is why the $chool)
  9. Valuing Children means you speak to them. Encourage them. Support them. Care about their feelings. Serve in the Childrens ministry. Many of these kids are not yet saved, you are called to evangelize, and it’s right downstairs. You don’t know anything? Then you should be down there anyways.

Jesus says, “Do not forbid them” and we want them to go to heaven

Forbid them- how do we forbid them- what do we do to discourage Kids to follow Jesus

  • We aren’t Christians
  • If you attend this church on a regular basis, longer than a year, and you are not a Christian, it’s quick time you became one. We love you being here- but if you are faking it- convert or leave
  • There comes a point where you have to be honest about why you are here- And your presence is having an effect on everyone- including the kids of this church-
  • Do you not want us here? Yes. Yes we do. But how long does it take to be convinced?
  • Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,
  • Teaching what you know is dependent on your ability to “take heed to yourself” manage it!
  • Many children have seemingly not followed Jesus in their adult lives because of the adults of churches and families. They use it as the reason why they wont serve God.
  • there is rampant hypocrisy in the Christian church- Your kids see it and they know it.
  • How are we hypocrites to children? In our words, actions, deeds, commitments, disposition
  • 1 John 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
  • Now some of you parents are hypocrites at home- You come here and play all nicey nicey and then you get in the car and bad mouth me or other people in this church in front of your kids. Its hypocrisy. They see it. When there is incongruency in church life and home life they see it
  • Some people are nice to kids and then they up and leave the church with no explanation. Hateful (why do I bring this up? Its too commonplace in church- like a divorce)
  • We forbid children when there isn’t consistency in our mouths and our actions- all of it
  • Maybe you’re cussing at home or saying hateful things- Ja 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
  • You’re forbidding Children- they see the hypocrisy. We need to do better and be better.
  • They listen to your hushed conversations around fellowship and hanging out.
  • They know who is saved. They know when you say one thing and do another.
  • You lose it and cuss out your spouse, you’re preaching to your children that religion is worthless
  •  what’s scarier than Hell? Holding your children’s hands as you walk them into Hell.
  • Matthew 6:1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
  • This is the fake Christianity- only doing charitable deeds before men and not before God and your kids. They watch you life your life on the daily- they are watching. Get saved
  • They know it- So be a real Christian. Be broken over your sin. Love everyone. Forgive everyone. Walk in righteousness
  • Come to church and be involved and worship God publicly. ( I don’t need to sing or raise my hands ) Maybe not- but kids learn by watching- however you worship God is how they will. Think about it
  • WE forbid Children when we don’t teach them
  • Many children brought to church will not Go to heaven because they are not taught it at home
  • They come to church and then go home and hear nothing. Same shows, movies, music as everyone else. They are not taught what a Christian should believe- Biblical worldview
  • No prayer, no teaching, no bible, no discussion. No talking about the things of God
  • Send them to school and not talk about evolution, sexuality, morality, government.
  • They never see parents serving, giving, loving or fellowshipping with other believers.
    The earliest Israelites were encouraged to teach their children about God and his precepts
  • Deuteronomy 6:6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
  • All day every day you need to talk to your kids about the things of God- Pray with them about what matters to them- talk to them about what they are thinking. Be honest about where you are at
  • “teach them diligently” My kids don’t believe in any sort of anti-god narrative because at the earliest age, we spoke directly against and used the word of God to describe to them why it is wrong. Put your kids in childrens ministry, youth, volunteer to help. (kids nowadays- you can fix
  • Every child is being taught something- what are you teaching your kids?
  • Ephesians 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
  • Training- you tell them what to do and how to do it. You don’t let them figure it out for themselves. You train them- “this is what Christians do”- they don’t “discover themselves”
  • Admonition- authoritative counsel or warning.
  • We told our kids very early- you are not going to heaven because your parents are pastors
  • We told them that disobedient kids become disobedient sinners who burn in Hell.
  • Pr 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
  • Training up is not coming to church infrequently, building no relationships and expecting somehow they are going to be Christians. It’s not what you aren’t its what you ARE fill the void
  • I encourage you to talk to Pastor Amber about Childrens ministry, LRY, Youth group etc.
  • Teach them as you spend time with them about what it means to be a Christian
  • Teach boys to be men and girls to be women. Teach them leadership and authority. Teach them repentance, love, mercy, forgiveness, service, giving, and fellowship. Teach them the Bible
  • We forbid children when we don’t discipline them
  • I can’t tell you how many times I have seen parents who didn’t decide to discipline their children until it was too late. Calling me when their kid is a senior wanting help. You’re late
  • Discipline starts about the time they can crawl and grab. Discipline and discipling are kin
  • You are teaching them what is acceptable and what is not.
  • I can’t go into great detail, but I will tell you- undisciplined kids will not turn out to great adults.
  • Its disobedient actions, rude behavior, lack of social skills, disheveled appearance, meanness
  • Pro 19:18 Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction.
  • There is hope while they are young- start young. (gabe can prolly take me- but I got in his mind)
  • Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
  • Many parents and adults do not have the rest they deserve because they didn’t correct them
  • I’m not going to end up raising my grandchildren because I raised my children correctly.
  • I’ve said this before- my adult children can now be used as examples because of how they ended up and we corrected them often. All the time. We didn’t let them just ‘become’
  • We told them how to talk, stand, look in the eye, speak up, shut up, clean up, walk straight
  • Your kids reflect your Christianity. It’s whatever you tolerated. (some came late to JC-)
  • Pr 29:15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. (Your childs disobedience and attitude is not cute- quit being lazy- discipline)
  • When you discipline your kids- correct them- you are doing them a favor.
  • Jesus said “for such is the kingdom of heaven” I guarantee that they disciplined kids back then- and we do it now because everyone gets it. We get it from God- they get it from us.
  • Proverbs 23:13-14 Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
  • WAC 110-30-0030(f) Doing any other act that is likely to cause and that does cause bodily harm greater than transient pain or minor temporary marks or that is injurious to the child’s health, welfare or safety. (2) Physical discipline of a child, including the reasonable use of corporal punishment, is not considered abuse when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent or guardian for the purposes of restraining or correcting the child. The age, size, and condition of the child, and the location of any inflicted injury shall be considered in determining whether the bodily harm is reasonable or moderate. Other factors may include the developmental level of the child and the nature of the child’s misconduct. A parent’s belief that it is necessary to punish a child does not justify or permit the use of excessive, immoderate or unreasonable force against the child.
  • Even progressive Washington state makes it legal to spank or flick your child. We did.
  • Why? I don’t want my kids to go to Hell. I wasn’t going to reason with a 2 year old.
  • Now, that’s part of the arsenal- but you have to figure out what works. Time outs, withholding fun, chores, physical labor etc. Find out what works and do it. “aerobic death”
  • I know what parents discipline their kids well because I see how they respond to you at church
  • Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
  • Correct your children! Many parents around here will allow you to do it- ask them.
  • Parents- I believe in correcting publicly. You disrespect publicly, you get corrected publicly.
  • We forbid them when we don’t Love them
  • Kids are the best. So much joy when you’re around great kids.
  • And you should be loving your kids- and the adults around here can love on other peoples kids. Talk to them- Ask them how their day was- what they are excited about.
  • My high school church was filled with great men who loved on me who weren’t my dad
  • We have to embrace that our children here at the church are the future of our Church.
  • We love them by letting them know their value.
  • We must provide for them- 1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
  • The Bible says that we must provide for our own households. We must take care of them
  • Feed them, clothe them, support them, provide for them.
  • That means that if you have kids, you go without if they need it.
  • Jesus even says that evil people give good gifts- Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children
  • Live it out- Give them good gifts. Take care of them- Treat them.
  • I believe in strong discipline- but I also believe in strong love. I always hugged and kissed my kids as much as I disciplined them. I held them and hugged them daily.
  • Do you know why my daughter doesn’t have daddy issues? Because I love and protect
  • They are the kingdom of heaven
  • There’s a reason Jesus said, such as these are the kingdom of heaven
  • Matthew 18:3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
  • Children are valued, they are loved. They are worth it and we can learn a lot from them
  • They are malleable, not as resistant, more loving, quick to forgive, give, love and serve.
  • Children show the kingdom of heaven- easy acceptance and training in righteousness.
  • Join the kingdom of heaven-  

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