The following is my Father’s Day outline for this Sunday, June 19th. Happy Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Message:
“WE NEED FATHERS!… AND THE HEAVENLY FATHER”
Chicago, many mass shooters
WE NEED FATHERS!
Raise up a child… [not a guarantee]
How not to raise a child
Eli—would not intervene when sons going down wrong path
Samuel—away from home too much?
An outstanding father—Zechariah, father of John the
An outstanding stepfather—Joseph, husband of Mary
Listened to God and His messengers… and obeyed
After Mary is pregnant
While in Bethlehem
Return to Nazareth
Mentoring boy Jesus
Children crave limits and love from their parents
What Paul writes to Fathers: Ephesians 6:4
Don’t: exasperate your children
Do: Bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord.
The need for mentors/male role models/father figures
WE NEED THE HEAVENLY FATHER
Pastor Phil’s story
God rarely called “Father” in the Old Testament—Isaiah 63:13
Jesus’ relationship with His Father helps us
Mostly in prayer
Pattern—Matthew 6:19 (first and holy)
Prayer—John [John 11:41-42, John 17:1, Luke 23:46]
Paul’s “Father” prayer—Ephesians 3:14-16
All Christian men can be role models
All Christian women can help raise sons and grandsons and/or be role models to men who will become good Christian fathers.