Make disciples of all children:
- Help them obey God (1-3)- you need to help them SEE that there is a God to be obeyed; Paul quotes from the Ten Commandments; WHEN your children disobey you, you must help your children feel the same guilt a murderer or adulterer feels before God
- Fathers must be good husbands (4)- the reason Paul only needs to address fathers is that he assumes fathers will be living out Ephesians 5.22-33 well; he also assumes mothers will be submissive to how their husbands lead in raising the children; so he can rightly call children to obey parents, but he needs only address fathers.
- Do not give children a choice (4) as far as who they should follow, because they will follow someone. Everyone thinks you need to let children make their own choice about religion. They think you will provoke them to rebel if you force-feed them Christianity. BUT PAUL SAYS THE OPPOSITE! He says bring them up in the discipline and instruction of Jesus Christ or else they will become angry children.