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- Share a favorite memory.
- What are some joys that you are willing to share?
- What are some burdens that you would be willing to share?
- What was your father like growing up?
- What makes a great father?
- In what ways is God a great Father?
- What from the notes stand out to you?
- How could you affirm the goodness of God and let go of any negative perceptions of God?
- Who is someone God might want you to impact in a positive way?
Sermon Notes and Scripture references:
The root of the crisis in this nation is fatherhood
Foundation of the nation is family.
Foundation of the family is the father.
If you want to destroy a nation, destroy the family. If you want to destroy the family, destroy the father.
Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
Children’s eternal future hinges on what the father does during the raising of his children.
Fatherhood is learned:
From great fathers, and from The Father.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
God placed responsibility on the shoulders of the fathers
Five traits of a great father, learned from The Father
1. Love like He loves
Never have to earn it
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
Parable of the prodigal son – you cannot stop me from loving you
2. Be excited like God is excited
God is excited about His children
Let us make man in our image
Luke 15 – lost sheep – rejoice when found
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
God bragged to satan about Job
Always sees the best in His children
The power of a father’s tongue will make or break their children’s lives
Heart of a child rises and falls on the tongue of a father
3. Dream like God dreams for your children
I know the plans I have for you…
4. Train like He trains
Training for reigning
2 pictures of the bad dad
Hard overbearing dad will break his children
Eli – another bad dad
You knew the evil of your sons but you would not restrain them
Children need a father’s hand
Do not be afraid to correct your children
Not friend, but leader, life guide
Yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
Correction balanced with compassion
Hebrews 12 – picture of a great father
God’s hand on my life.
He doesn’t punish, He corrects, trains for great life in the future.
My goal is not to be popular today, but to have a great life in the future.
Trian to reign
Engage with them, be present
Trains us 2 primary ways
1. At heart level
Misery is the correction of God
Humble yourself, bow your head, say I’m sorry --> peace
2. Causes our plans to fail; my puny plans vs. His great plans
5. Be there like He’s there
There’s nothing you can do to turn His heart from you
A father’s heart
Run --> he’ll chase you
Fall --> he’ll pick you up