Father's Day 2017

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Father’s Day

2017

A GOOD FATHER

INTRODUCTION:

 

The celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe dates back to at least the Middle Ages.

 

Father’s Day in the United States celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children's lives. Its celebration in the United States began early in the 20th Century.

 

Just like it is a privilege for ladies to be mothers, it is a privilege for men to be fathers. Unfortunately, just because some have fathered children doesn’t mean they are good fathers. Likewise, just because some women have given birth to children doesn’t mean they are good mothers.

 

In today’s message as we honor fathers, we want to see not only what society thinks makes for a good father, but we also want to see what God thinks makes for a good father.

 

I have noticed something. Most men end up being a lot like their fathers for good or bad.

 

What do I remember about my dad? What did my dad teach me by the way he lived?

 

Humanly speaking, I could not have had a better dad.

 

My dad was very consistent in his life. I determined that I wanted to be consistent in my life like my dad.

 

My dad loved his wife. He treated my mother very well. It was evident that he loved her. He never had eyes for other women. I determined that I would treat my wife well and not have eyes for other women.

 

He never swore. He did not drink or smoke. I determined that I would never drink or smoke.

 

My dad loved both of his children equally. I determined that I would love my children equally. No favorites.

 

My dad provided well for our family, including his parents, his sister, and his mother-in-law. I determined that I would take care of my family should they ever need it.

 

My dad was there for my sister and me. I determined that I would be there for my children.

 

My dad was well respected by others. He did what was right. His ethics were good. He did not care what others did, said, or thought. I determined that I would do right regardless of what others wanted.

 

My dad was a leader. Some at work didn’t like him because he made them follow the company policies and do the jobs they were being paid to do. I determined that I would be the right kind of leader.

 

My dad did not let me to get away with doing wrong. I determined that I would do my best to keep my children from doing wrong.

 

My dad wasn’t perfect. Spiritually speaking, although he would read a chapter in his Bible every day, my dad was a Sunday morning only Christian. It resulted in my being a Sunday morning only Christian for the first fourteen years of my life. He actually taught Sunday School even though he never attended the Sunday evening service or prayer meeting. In fairness to him, the content of the messages in our church was John 3:16 in all the services, and he was a saved man. Nothing in the services challenged him spiritually.

 

My dad could have a set a better example in his church attendance for me. I determined that faithfulness in my church attendance in all services was a must, that my children would be raised to be in all the church services every time the door was open.

 

After I was married and had become a pastor, my dad became faithful in all the church services but not while I was growing up. He eventually became a deacon.

 

Also, my dad could have studied his Bible a lot more than he did. I determined that I would spend much time studying my Bible.

 

I am thankful for my dad. He influenced me greatly. My life was shaped and molded in many ways by my dad. God used him in my life. Unfortunately, I did not have the respect and appreciation for him that I should have had during my teenage years.

We ask –

    I.     WHAT MAKES A MAN A GOOD FATHER IN SOCIETY’S VIEW?

 

He is a buddy to his children. He is just a big brother to his kids.

 

He provides for his wife and children and buys them lots of nice things. He is their meal ticket.

 

He teaches his sons how to hunt, fish, and play baseball.

 

He allows mom to lead in spiritual matters and doesn’t get in her way.

But we also need to ask –

  II.     WHAT MAKES A MAN A GOOD FATHER IN GOD’S VIEW?

 

What kind of father does God want me to be?

 

God wants a father to be saved

 

I Timothy 2:3-43 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

God wants a father to be surrendered

 

Romans 12:1-21 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

God wants a father to be Spirit filled

 

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.

 

God wants a father to be a loving leader

 

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

 

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

 

Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

 

God wants a father to be responsible to train his children in the things of God

 

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-94 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Finally, we must ask –

 III.     HOW DO I GET FROM WHERE I AM AS A FATHER TO WHERE GOD WANTS ME TO BE AS A FATHER?

 

What kind of father am I?

 

As a man, what do I need to do to be a better father in God’s sight?

 

I need to be genuinely saved

 

I need to be surrendered to the Lord

 

I need to build my life on the Word of God

 

I need to teach my family the Word of God

 

I need to acknowledge my shortcomings and confess them to God

 

I need to master the Bible and let the Bible master me

 

I need to think Biblically. If I have the Bible, and I do, I must realize that I have the mind of Christ.

 

I Corinthians 2:12-1612 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

 

I need to stay away from sin

CONCLUSION:

 

What kind of father am I? What I need to be begins with being saved. Are you men the kind of fathers wants you to be?

 

Let me help you with this.