Summary: I. A FATHER’S LOVE … 1. A father’s love chooses to create, know and value each individual. 2. A father’s love creates a special environment and sustains it. 3. A father’s love communicates, counsels, and listens. 4. A father’s love protects.
… While I can’t share in the honors of full fatherhood today …
I want us to consider the honor we give to our DIVINE FATHER,
In 2 Cor 6:18, the apostle Paul applies God’s heart, first spoken to David the prophet Nathan, to all of us:
“I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty.
Those words never cease to bring life to our souls
Medeator … God is the grand epitome of all that we recognize as ideal in fatherhood.
I’ve been reflecting on this quality of relationship God wants with each … considering all that a father implies … and how even more deeply this is true of God, as our Father.
Consider your worth to Him, in the type of love He has for you.
I. A FATHER’S LOVE …
1. A father’s love chooses to create, know and value each individual.
2. A father’s love creates a special environment and sustains it.
3. A father’s love communicates, counsels, and listens.
4. A father’s love protects.
5. A father’s love disciplines in order to redirect us from destruction.
6. A father’s love sacrificially pursues reconciliation when turned from.
7. A father’s love imparts participation in life.
8. A father’s love looks out for our future (i.e., inheritance).
Going to being a series soon in which each week we focus on one of the qualities of love God has for you
… that you might really know how much you’re worth to God
… that our lives might be lived out in response to that love
But today, I simply want us to consider the place we give to our divine Father, especially in light of the tenderness of our day
Jesus spoke of the reciprocation of love and honor
-- human parents … and of God
-- God affirms proper authority … proper authority to serves
a need and, in turn, is honored
II. A FATHER’S LOVE IS ONLY AS POWERFUL AS THE PLACE HE IS GIVEN.
Allow me to consider our position today, not to distract us from God’s word, but that it might bear
Experience of Authority
devoid / detached
-- conscious or unconscious
-- not serves (?)
-- parents’ hypocrisy…but
-- result: ambivalence
towards authority…for a
-- long for it…refuse it
------> CRISIS <-----
--> AUTHORITY <--
Effects of “new” philosophy
-- breeze through room
-- no duty / only desire
-- New Age
I believe what is often referred to as the New Age is broader than a simple religious movement
I believe it reflects a more pervasive new approach to spirituality that is uniquely reaching a particular general of people
Let me try to sum up what many are recognizing in the phenomena
Baby boomers were initially religious in roots, but left the church … in time, despite all the anti-establishment era, became predominantly materialistic … producers consumers … more individual … (“me generation”).
A new spirituality is offering transcendency on our terms … spirituality without affecting materialism, or, more importantly, the self as the center of all.
• Narcissus – Greek myth
• Shirley McLaine said it most clearly: when I pray, I pray to myself … in one “church” mirror: “Behold, God”
• Nothing particularly new … the very fall of humanity
I believe we’re at a great spiritual crossroads … both as a culture – in light of this “new spirituality” – and as Christians who, ourselves, share many of the same cultural influences.
Christ’s life epitomized a different approach in relationship to God … He taught us about:
III. SETTLING OUR CENTER
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submissions. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Hebrews 5:7-0
Jesus’ submission perfected his humanity, he became what we were always meant to be
Knowing how to related to his divine Father, he taught us
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” Matthew 6:9-10
This is the first half of the great model prayer he offered
• First half gives God his supreme place, then turns to raising one’s needs
• It’s only when God is given his proper place that our pursuits can fall into their proper place