Father like Son.

John 5:19-27 New International Version (NIV)

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing
Like father Like son
by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent him.
24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

If We Get It Right, They Will Get It Right

After a boy turned in his homework, the teacher said, "This is terrible! How can one person make so many mistakes?"

"One didn't," the boy answered. "My dad helped me."

Our children will do as we teach them. If we get it wrong, they'll get it wrong.

But if we'll train them according to God's Word, we'll get it right--and eventually they'll get it right too. "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6).

Kent Crockett's Sermon Illustrations,

Today we find Jesus teaching about being like His father. I wonder how many of us have been told – you so remind me of your mum or dad? Or Do you know when your mum was your age she used to do that?

We are influenced by the people we grow up with, once I heard someone say ‘they are so like their dad?’ but in actual fact it wasn’t biologically possible as he was adopted. I smiled to myself, because while he was adopted he had actually developed some of the mannerisms of his dad.

Here we find God the Father and Jesus the Son. Jesus is telling us that he has been taught by his Father to do everything because he has shown him what to do. Jesus is telling us that God is in charge and that he is following what God (His father) wants him to do.

Jesus is making it very clear that he is under the authority of God, that it is God to whom Jesus looks for guidance. He is also saying that God give him the authority to carry out the tasks here on earth.

Children grow up copying the behaviour of the adults that are around them.. If the adults smoke there is a high chance that the child will do it too, if the adults are always drunk or take drugs then there is a chance the child will too.. If the child grows up in a domestic violence situation then the attitude of the child could be influenced.

It also works positively as well, if children see their parents happy and fulfilled then they will want that as well. Children who live with parents who are confident tend to be more confident and those who are happily married want to find the same love that their parents have.

I am of course generalising but the fact remains that children do copy what their adults in their life show them. Good or Bad.

Very often as adults we don’t even realise the influence we have over the way a child behaves. Some of it is unconscious – we do things without thinking.

Being a role model is an important job as a parent, it’s not something to be done lightly as it is a huge responsibility as it can influence the character of our child. It requires a lot of thought and effort as children watch us all the time.

Last summer I was putting up a curtain rail, I was standing on a chair and I slipped and fell. My ankle was broken and I had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance and there my 10 year old was busily telling anyone who would listen "well she tells me not to climb on chairs". Shaking his head at me. "See what happens when you do". It would have been quite funny if it weren’t true.

So as adults it’s important to recognise that our behaviour does influence children. But it’s also important to acknowledge when you have got things wrong. I told him, "yes I was wrong to climb on the chair" and that next time I would use a ladder.

Whilst parents are important role models they aren’t the only influence in a child’s life.

Movie stars, music idols, sports people are all role models in a child’s life.

As well as teachers, friends and the church community.

A church community should reflect God’s love and if we do a child will see that. Where else in society today do all ages come together and are valued? We have a wonderful opportunity to ensure that a child grows up in faith by the way that we behave and our attitude to one another.

How we treat the children is really important as well.

· Are we child friendly?

· Do we acknowledge a child or speak over their heads to the parents?

· Do we have age appropriate worksheets or a corner for children?

· Do we have a communion book for children that explains what is going on?

· Do you have plastic cups and squash available for the children at refreshments?

· Do you have a busy bag for little ones.

These very small things can influence how a child’s attitude develops towards the church.

Today’s activity is all about role models.

Why is God a good role model for Jesus?

What characteristics does Jesus copy from God his father?

How does Jesus show God’s characteristics to the people he meets?

Now let’s think about the people in our lives?

Who are our role models?

What makes them a good role model?

A great game to play is following the leader letting the children take turns at being the leader or Jesus says?

Perhaps they could create their ideal role model from magazines and explain why?
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About Michelle Bailey

Reverend Michelle Bailey is the Rural Officer for the Bishop of Brecon and Swansea  She previously worked in Children's Ministry and was ordained in the Church of England. Her blog includes ideas on presenting concepts of faith to young children to the age of eleven and furthering faith development in an educational context. Michelle currently lives in Wales and is also developing a rural ministry blog.
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