Summary: A Father’s Day sermon on God the Father.
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Depending on the kind of relationship you had with your father, the fatherhood of God may be a comforting or troubling concept.
For some, the word “father” is associated with feelings of resentment, pain, and fear and memories of broken promises, neglect, and abuse.
But God is the perfect Father. The fatherhood of God is not patterned after the fatherhood of men. Instead, earthly fathers are to relate to their children as God relates to His children.
[Read the following verses in unison.]
“A father to the fatherless…is God in his holy dwelling” (Psalm 68:5).
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me” (Psalm 27:10).
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
How do we become God’s children? Are we born into God family? No, we are adopted.
1. Adoption is an act of God whereby He makes us members of His FAMILY.
“Our Father in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9).
“Abba” is an Aramaic term for father that conveys a sense of closeness. Like the English term “Daddy,” it connotes tenderness, dependence, and a relationship free of fear or anxiety.
2. Adoption takes place when we put our FAITH in Jesus Christ.
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26).
3. Adoption proves that God LOVES us.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
1. Our Heavenly Father takes care of our NEEDS.
“Your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matthew 6:32).
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).
Many times we are like children, not knowing what our real needs are. Illustration: My two boys wanting candy, etc. “It’s not fair!”
2. Our Heavenly Father FORGIVES our waywardness.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-14).
This daily prayer for forgiveness of sins is not a prayer that God would give us salvation again and again throughout our lives. Salvation is a one-time event that occurs immediately after we trust in Christ. Rather, the prayer for forgiveness of sins each day is a prayer that God’s fatherly relationship with us, which has been disrupted by sin that displeased Him, be restored, and that He related to us once again as a Father who delights in His children whom He loves.
Example: The prodigal son’s father.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:17-20).
This story pictures God’s eagerness to forgive.
3. Our Heavenly Father has given us an INHERITANCE.
“So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:7).
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17a).
There’s a bumper sticker that reads, “I’m spending my children’s inheritance.”
“…an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:14).