Sermon:
A Fatherís Blessing
Genesis 49:28
Slide 1
The Blessing of an Encouraging Word
Ephesians 4:29
A Word of Acceptance & Affection
Jeremiah 31:3 - I have loved you with an everlasting love
A Word of Appreciation
Philippians 1:3-5
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
The Blessing of a Loving Touch
1 John 3:18
The Blessing of a Fatherís Faith
Joshua 24:15

ďSticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me!Ē

How many of you have heard or said that phrase before.
Those words sound good and we ourselves have probably used them to encourage someone to not worry about what someone else thinks or says.

But that statement is not true. There have many people that have been hurt by words before.

The reality is that
Words have Power.
Slide 2
The power to hurt or
The power to help.

No oneís words have more influence in the life of a child than that of their parents, especially their Father.

We see this often in the Old Testament.

The Fatherís blessing was of huge value and determined greatly the entire life of the child.

We see several times in the OT the blessing being given.

Isaac blesses Jacob (Genesis 27)
Israel blesses his twelve sons (Genesis 49)


Genesis 49:28
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.

These blessings that these children received from their fathers, greatly influenced their lives and what they would do.

Even today,
How a Father blesses his child, has a huge impact on the childís life in the future.

And today, on this Fatherís day,
I want to give dads some tools (always a good Fatherís Day present) to be a blessing to their children for now and into the future.

Preaching style different
I am preaching a little different than I normally do. I think it is
important to both look at particular texts and draw out of those texts applications for our own lives based on a particular passage.

But I also think that it is
important to see what the Bible teaches about a particular topic that may not be found in one particular place.

Today I am going to be drawing on several texts to help us Dadís see how we can be a blessing to our kids.


We have seen already how the OT blessing greatly determined a childís future.

For today though, the first tool I want us to be able to use is
The Blessing of an Encouraging Word
Slide 3
Ephesians 4:29
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Dadís in regards to your kids, is the only thing that is coming out of your mouth something that is helpful for building them up?

This is one of the primary ways we are going to be able to bless our kids, by the way we speak to them.

Now the question is
In what ways can we offer encouragement to our Kids to be a blessing