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Family Rules for ''Little Children'', Part 1

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June 10, 2020 7:05 am

Family Rules for ''Little Children'', Part 1

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Today on Insight for living. All I really needed to know about how to live and what to do and how to be learned in kindergarten. Share everything Playfair don't hit people put things back where you found them clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours and when you go out into the world. Watch out for traffic. Hold hands and stick together. Insight for living creatures. The Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll originates from Frisco, Texas ministry houses its international headquarters. His sermons are delivered next-door at Stone Breyer community church. Chuck serves as senior pastor. When the congregation is able to gather in person. Those who attend the Sunday morning worship service.

Enjoy the corporate celebration of God's goodness, which includes majestic music from the choir congregational singing of him giving and receiving. The offering expression of worship at.

Of course the proclamation of God's word today, we pick up just following a stirring musical piece called ascription of praise fabric of the New Testament or threads of doxologies and benedictions and when you come toward the very end of the letters.

The little one chapter letter of Jude. It closes with this magnificent benediction.

One of my seminary professors challenged us in the class to memorize all the benedictions in the New Testament I pass that same challenge onto all of you. This is the last of them, the choir sang and then we are led into the revelation which is full of benedictions and doxologies. Dockside is the Greek word for glory log cost is the word for a word restatement so doxologies a statement related to his glory.

This is a benediction look at it closely now to him who was able their original text says able to guard you from stumbling, which is better than to keep you from falling. He guards us from stumbling and to present us not without blemish, but get this fault less good is that without one fault before the presence of his glory with exceeding great joy. You know when that will occur when we stand before him and our Savior presents us to the father and announces that we are his children standing fault less, before his presence. Some of this is been a hard week for you. This is been one of those weeks where you stumbled a bit, maybe even fallen. You have great hope today is not forever. This is not the final chapter how grateful we are not to prepare us for the second sermon of the morning. Please turn in your Bibles to first John not to be confused with the gospel of John.

This is very near the end of their New Testament. First John chapter 2 because of our love for Christ and gratitude for his willingness to do all that he continues to do for us. Out of respect for his word.

May we stand together for the reading of these first six verses of first John two my little children, I'm writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know him.

If we keep his commandments, the one who says, I have come to know him and does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected by this we know that we are in him the one who says he abides in him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked smartly grateful God is given us his Word preserved for us in our own tongue so that we can understand you may be seen to search the Scriptures with Chuck Swindoll sure to download his searching the Scriptures. Studies by going to Insight world.org/studies another message called family rules for little children were all just a bunch of little kids at heart. We don't dress like it today and we don't necessarily look like it right now, but down deep inside you just little girl you great looking ladies sitting there just little girls and you guys you just little boys down deep inside we never really outgrow a lot of things that we love. We were kids.

Something about will still love a great story. It holds us in rapt attention. We love riddles.

We love mysteries we love picnics and parades and we love songs that we been singing since we were little kids and and and boat rides and ballgame. Speaking of that, most of the games were created for children. We just turned them into very serious events baseball the little boys game and in hockey.

It's a little funds. Jane Madden just a fun game. You know I love Don Meredith decided to no longer be the Cowboys quarterback back when we had a team we could respect. I remember Meredith, 20 decided to hang up the spikes somebody asked him why is it good years left in him.

He said because they stop fun of the game. It's no longer fun is just a little boys game in the gotten all serious about it and I think he's right basketball but try to put the ball in the in a little tiny want to make it bigger. If I don't go closer to little bigger. We still like checkers and fascia monopoly in and will we would like puzzles. Now that we may not play tag, but we still enjoy.check. We may not play hide and seek and wear masks and trick-or-treating, but a lot of adults still running. Hyden still wear masks with as little kids part no longer run, foot races, admittedly, but we sure like car races and hey, we might stop playing with toys.

But now we buy big ones and are very expensive, which is a bunch of grown-up children that if somehow in the process gotten a little snotty sophisticated. I think I might say it like it is the reason Robert Fulghum's wonderful little book.

All I really needed to know I learned in kindergarten made such a hit back in the 80s when eroded. Believe it or not, this little book could have been written to children. 1 Is Way into the hearts of Americans and people around the world, for it was a New York Times number one bestseller, you will be able to understand when I read you some of his words. He writes all I really needed to know about how to live in and what to do and how to be unlearned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile. The Sunday school. These are the things I learned in the new listing share everything Playfair don't hit people put things back where you found them clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry. When you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush some of you would do well to remember that the way warm cookies and cold milk are good for you live a balanced life. Learn Simon think Simon draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day take a nap every afternoon. Does that sound like a great idea why and when you go out into the world.

Watch out for traffic.

Hold hands and stick together we resonate with those simple rules because they make good sense and because we tend to forget them. I'm convinced the sooner we returned to them, the easier we will be to live with when we were little kids we didn't take ourselves all that seriously, but we took God seriously, but as we grew up there was a strange reversal of roles, we began to take ourselves far too seriously and went to got all that seriously and assume you get into trouble while grazing over the the lines of this second and into the third chapter of John's letter to his friends. It began to make better sense to me when I realize that I'm working my way through words written to families.

This is for children. This is for children of all ages see the hard job in these rules I just read is putting them into practice. Not understanding them, you'll find the same is true in John's letter but let me show you why I was thinking about family rules when I came into this time of preparation.

You got your Bible open to first John chapter 2 is get your pen ready and mark a few words along the way that are little clues that say this is for family. This is family stuff. Look at the first line of verse one my little children, my little children mark that verse 12 of chapter 2 I'm writing to you, little children, he said that earlier but he says it again because this is for the family of 13, I'm writing to you fathers.

That's a family turn. You never call someone at work.

Father, you call boss superior or some officer name, but family term.

His father son writing to fathers verse 18 same chapter children is the last hour was running children 28 now, little children mark that in one Lord will get back to chapter 2 chapter 3 verse one.

I love this verse.

See how great love the father.

There's a term is bestowed on us that we would be called children of God and such. We are there it is again assisted children.

So why would I want to make this complicated or hard to grasp. This is family talk. These are terms of endearment if if I ever gather my four grown children around me and it has come near the last hour of my life. I may be tempted to say that them and now, little children even though they're all in their 30s and 40s, and perhaps by then by God's grace, 50s and even 60s, little children on a talk with you.

John sees us as young children in need of instruction is what we are in John's eyes is words like sophistication, they're not meant to impress or to chide they're not even review this. They are words of warning and instruction. So first of all I think the it would help us to understand how John the writer is looking at us. Okay think of yourself as sitting at the feet of your favorite mentor right now for some you may have a mentor that's now gone. You may have read his biography on her biography and you just admire that you're sitting at her feet are his feet for others of you. You would name one of your profit school. Maybe one of your elementary school teachers or junior high senior high teachers very common for people to have a college professor that became their mentor. If you've ever read Tuesdays with Maureen. Wonderful book by which album if you haven't read it, read it, read it soon. Mitch albums mentor is a man named Maury Morrie Schwartz, who died with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mitch went to meet with him every Tuesday name of the book so you're sitting at the feet of your grandfather. I hope you were close to him.

I hope even more so with your father John is like your father and that's it. That's how he sees us so there is a lack of sophistication, not a lack of wisdom. Don't confuse the two. Take away sophistication of a lot of wisdom with the children's rules but they're not meant to impress is there not even met to rebuke us are meant to warn us like a mentor dots son before you go off to college, you got your own car you got an amount of money you can have a lot of privacy in a run with kids you've never met before the norming with them sweetheart.

Remember what your mom and I have said to you as you grow, we want to warn you when you're on your own then then then comes the advice isn't to rebuke you. It's to warn you will find out why John writes like that a little later another sought to change the way we see ourselves okay.

John sees us as young children in need of instruction.

So we need to see ourselves as little children listening to our mentor's counsel or in John's case, an old man's counsel is now well into his 90s.

You know that by the end of his life. They had to carry him into the church and the people hung on his every word and they ultimately became the same words every time he would say to them, little children love one another love one another. They waited every week to hear those words, John. If you will adopt this mindset.

It will help you understand what is written as well. As a be ready for the warnings you need to see yourself and I need to see myself as a little child and that Sampaio were used to play let's all see ourselves as little children before I go any further I want to help you relax so don't think John is a killjoy because some of the things he will say are pretty sharp and strong he is and Eeyore, he's not Ebenezer Scrooge or some Puritan with a 5 pound cross hanging around his neck frowning at you like a Pharisee.

HL Mencken once described Puritan as someone who lives with the constant fear that someone, somewhere might be happy is not true of John member is words in verse four of chapter 1, that your joy may be what made complete.

I want to see kids laughing again. I want to see you laughing in life and even at times laughing at yourself, but when it comes to me I want to find you on your knees want to see you looking into my face is the Lord Jesus hanging on my every word that you got the right mentality for it all.

Here comes six simple rules for family living. I deliberately have taken out all the big words so all of us can write the words in crayon. If you want to do that here we go.

Verse one. Don't ever mess with stuff that get you into trouble. This is the way John says it my little children, I'm writing these things to you so that you may not see immediately hear some of you sophisticates that haven't yet dressed in knickers set down the Sampaio your sink taught. We always said stop. John is writing to say I want to help you avoid sin. That's the way JB Phillips renders this to help you avoid sin, to guide you out of sin is the way Eugene Peterson renders it in the message stay with the word picture of the family. I want you to stay in a safe neighborhood. I almost use those words don't mess around a dangerous neighborhood. When our kids were little.

We lived in Southern California and we were living in the end of fairly nice section of town in Fullerton, California and we lived up accountable and healed everything from us was downhill in if you went far enough downhill and let your bike coast far enough across Commonwealth you'd be in a tough section of town, just a few blocks away and we would say the kids on Saturday morning for that hop on their bikes to go down the hill play over Hillcrest Parker wherever would say to them now don't go in a tough neighborhood. You get into trouble. That's what John is saying I'm writing these things so you won't go too far.

Practical wisdom coming from first John chapter 2 the message from Chuck Swindoll called family rules for little children. You're listening to Insight for living today. Study comes from a 16 part series called living right and a wrong world. To learn more about Chuck for this ministry.

Visit us online@insightworld.org well. Many of us are quarantined at home with extra time on our hands.

This is the perfect time to dig deeper into topics you might otherwise miss. Very recently, one of your fellow listeners wrote to say dear Pastor Swindoll I am now sheltered in place in the midst of the COBIT 19 pandemic plaguing our world.

I determined to begin reading the books that I've had on my bookshelves that went unread. While I was commuting and working in any proceeds to describe his meaningful engagement and Chuck's book on Moses and how he supplied the biblical principles to his life.

With this response makes our day and we hope it motivates you to walk alongside us through the summer. As we journey through the insightful book of first John together.

Along those lines, and please to point you to the in-depth commentary for first John.

In fact, this hardbound volume from Swindoll's living insights New Testament commentary set includes material on first John second John third John and Jude as well to purchase a copyright now go to Insight.org/offer a job presenting this teaching series has been on your agenda for a long time was right. Dave, I wanted to present this study on the New Testament book of first John for several years. I'm delighted the day has finally come.

These timeless principles from John speak directly into a season. He never imagined a global pandemic, in which all of us find ourselves sequestered from the life we once knew. First John is a book about living right and wrong world. It's a bold case for the dangers of habitual sin and the rewards of faithful obedience. It's a book that takes the grays out of our pilot and helps us see the truth in black and white.

Just as God intended. I can think of a more relevant book than first John in a world that celebrates shades of gray or truth has become foggy and relative and moral values are viewed as an encroachment on personal freedom and insight for living ministries. We are resolved to amplify John's clean and clear message and accelerate our mission because we believe the time is short. Even during a global pandemic, even when international economies are at risk. We refuse to take our foot off the gas pedal because we believe God is calling us to pursue a countercultural mission to live right in a wrong world. For these reasons I am not bashful and I'm certainly not apologetic about calling on you to join us.

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