Fatherhood 101

Sunday, 6/18/2017


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Share and discuss any or all of the following:  

  • 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.

 

Ephesians 6

 

Fatherhood is learned:

 

From great fathers, and from The Father.

 

 

 

Ephesians 6:1-4

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

 

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

 

Psalm 103:13

 

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

 

Job 1:8

 

 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

 

Ephesians 6:4

 

 

 

Eli – another bad dad

 

1 Samuel

 

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.

 

Fathers:

 

Love them

 

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

 

Psalm 33

 

 

 

5. Be there like He’s there

 

Hebrews 13

 

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