The Importance of Fathers
Sermon shared by James Buchanan
Summary: A Fatherís Day sermon dealing with three areas in which fathers are extremely important, as we wage war for our children against an ungodly society.
Audience: Believer adults
Look back at Deuteronomy 6 again with me. Can that be accomplished in 37 seconds a day? Do you want to know how much time the culture has with your children? 37 seconds does not come close to meeting the job. Communicate with your children; tell them about God and about the Bible.
Proverbs 1: Listen, my son, to your fatherís instruction
and do not forsake your motherís teaching.
Donít let the schools be the only thing that instruct the children. Donít even let this church be the only thing that instructs your children. And thatís not an indictment on the teaching ministry of this church, but mom and dad, we are not responsible for raising your kids. We will help you, but when the bible tells us to Trainu a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from itóthatís not to the church, thatís to parents.
Dadís, how are you doing with your words? Are you fighting?
2. With our time.
Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, once said that he chose to fail so he could succeed. He said, "I chose to fail at golf, because I wanted to succeed as a father." Though he loved golf immensely, he knew that he could never devote adequate time to his job, his hobby, and his family . . . so he gave up his hobby.
How are you doing with your time? We looked at Deuteronomy 6, but letís look again at verses 7 and following: Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Dadís, do you want to know what is important in your life today? Look at your daytimer, your palm pilot, your schedule, and where your time is devoted to, thatís what is important. Unfortunately, many dads say that by their time they love their jobs. They love their hobbies. They love their entertainment, their comfort. If you asked them if they loved their children, they would swear to you that they do. But their time doesnít match up.
And some of you have bought into the thinking of this world. Iíve got to keep working and working and working so I can provide for them the finer things of this world, and providing for family is important and biblical,
8If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
but I think that we sometimes go beyond what is necessary.
Thereís a story told of a man asking his daughter if she would want quality time with her dad or quantity time with her dad. She replied, ďQuality time, Dad, and lots of it!Ē
I read about a little girl who drew a pretty picture. She went in her dadís
office. Crawled on his lap. And said, "Daddy, come and see my picture."
And the dad said, "Not now, honey. Dadís busy."
About 10 minutes later, she came back again. Crawled on his lap. And said,
"Daddy, will you come see my picture now?"
And the dad got frustrated. And said, "Canít you
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