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Scripture Reading: Psalm 128
1. “Tonight, more than one-third of American children will go to sleep in homes in which their fathers do not live.” (David Blankenhorn, “tothesource,” June 15, 2004)
2. World needs genuine fathers: Father who love God & His word; fathers of faith, fathers with character & courage to meet the challenges of fatherhood, Eph. 6:4.
3. Fathers should be respected & loved by his children – and worthy of their respect & love, Eph. 6:1-3 (Prov. 19:26; 30:17).
4. Father (pater): from a root signifying “a nourisher, protector, upholder” (Vine, 228).
5. God is our supreme example of fatherhood, 2 Cor. 6:17-18.
a. Progenitor (Father of life–Creator; New birth/adoption), Jas. 1:18 (Gal. 4:5-7).
b. Provider (Father of lights – Constancy), Jas. 1:17.
c. Protector (Father of mercies – Comfort), 2 Cor. 1:3 (Matt. 7:11).
I. FATHERS ARE PROGENITORS (to bring forth, an ancestor).
A. Fathers Give Life to their Children, Gen. 5:3.
1. Most men can sire offspring; takes men of character to be fathers.
2. Grave responsibility to bring a soul into the world; taken far too lightly in America [24 mil. children (34%) live absent biological father].
B. Children will be Similar to their Fathers, Gen. 5:3. (generally true)
1. Not just physically, but moral character & spiritual interests, due to the father’s influence & instruction upon the child.
2. Like produces like, cf. Jno. 8:39, 44.
3. Values they learn, morals they hold, character they develop, attitudes they express & lives they live are shaped by fathers (parents), Eph. 6:4.
4. Train them in the way they should go, Prov. 22:6.
II. FATHERS ARE PROVIDERS, 2 Cor. 12:14-15.
A. Fathers Provide Many Things for their Families.
1. Physical provisions, 1 Tim. 5:8.
a. Requires faith in God, Matt. 6:25-33 (1 Ths. 4:11-12).
b. Demands sacrifice, work, dedication…Responsibility!
2. Spiritual provisions, Eph. 6:4 (teaching & correction).
a. Father leads in the whole training of the child – mind, morals & manners. (Save your household, cf. Noah, Heb. 11:7)
b. Instruction in God’s word, Isa. 38:19; Prov. 4; Psa. 78:5-7:
1) Faith, hope, thanksgiving & obedience, 78:7.
2) Humble & faithful, 78:8.
3) Requires your presence, your time, etc.
c. Correction, Prov. 3:11-12 (Heb. 12:5-6).
3. Emotional provisions, Col. 3:21.
a. Easy to find fault in others, especially children.
b. “Young psyches need encouragement to build self-esteem and healthy personalities and the honorable dad will do all he can to hearten and motivate his family with inspiration and encouragement.” (Zeke Flores, “Honoring Fathers”)
4. Example & influence, Matt. 5:16.
-Our children see us, learn from us & live what they see.
III. FATHERS ARE PROTECTORS, Gen. 45:7-8 (Job 29:16).
A. Protect from Physical Harm, Matt. 7:9-10 (yet, Eccl. 9:2, 11).
B. Protect from Spiritual Danger, 1 Ths. 2:11-12.
1. Harm of evil influences, worldly companions, false teaching & sinful practices.
2. Father, set the standard! Josh. 24:15
IV. A CONTRAST OF TWO FATHERS.
A. Abraham: A Father God Could Trust, Gen. 18:19.
1. Fathers: Can God trust you to walk with Him, to lead your family in His ways, to provide & protect the souls under your care?
2. If so, you will be blessed with father Abraham.
B. Eli: A Father Who Preferred His Sons over God, 1 Sam. 2:22-25, 27-29 (3:13).
1. We must not honor our children before (instead of) God, Matt. 10:37.
2. Improper priorities leads to demise of family & souls.
1. A father’s joy & reward: 3 Jno. 4; Prov. 23:15-16.
2. A father’s responsibility: Eph. 6:4.
3. First give yourself to the Lord, then to your wife & your children.