Summary: A classic sermon by Dr. Edwin Louis Cole about how a father should teach, love, give to, and do things for his children.

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1. Ephesians 6:1-4

2. 1 Kings 2:2

3. Genesis 2:15 – Guide, guard, govern, Prophet, priest, king

Five Things a Father Must Teach His Children

1. The attributes of God.

2. Who Jesus Christ is, what He has done, His promise

3. The nature of man, and his need for a savior

4. The requirements of salvation

5. Reverence for the Word of God

Three Ways a Father Must Love His Children

1. Redemptively, sacrificially, unconditionally

2. Love centers in the will

3. Love must be habitual

Five Things a Father Must Give His Children

1. Acceptance

2. Approval

3. Affection

4. Association

5. Authority

Six Practical Things a Father Can Do for His Children

1. Correct them – Guidance is the rule of correction, and punishment is only the reinforcement of correction.

2. Don’t ignore wrong behavior.

3. Don’t pamper your children.

4. You don’t mold clay when it is dry. Lower their defenses to counsel them.

5. Give your children equal access to you. Give them time.

6. Make learning a joy for your children.

Love Your Children

1. Don’t give gifts that have more value than the love you give them with

2. Don’t give grudgingly

3. Correct them in love

This is a particularly important month because it’s the month that we annually celebrate Father’s Day. I want to talk to you about fathering. I want to talk to you about some very practical matters that deal with us being fathers. And in order to do that, I want to read from the Bible today, so if you’ll just take your Bible and turn with me to Ephesians 6 and let’s just read a few words here:

1Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And here’s the one I want you to hear:

4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Now that is a charge that God gives to you and me. It’s interesting in the Bible, when you read about fathers and how they gave charges to their children. King David in the Old Testament, the king of Israel, was a man who dealt in different ways with his children. He dealt differently with Solomon than he did with Adonijah or Absalom or with the others. With Adonijah, the Bible says that he was indulgent with him. He never restrained him at any time, never did discipline him at any time, and as a result of that, Adonijah—the one who rose up and tried to wrest the kingdom from his father, David—was spoiled. He was used to having his own way. With Absalom, because of the way he was, David almost pampered him, and then Absalom, of course, became seditious and tried to steal his father’s kingdom. Solomon, however, was a different matter, and Solomon was the one that inherited David’s throne. David gave him a great legacy, far more than he did his other children. And it’s interesting, too, because the charge that he gave to Solomon is one that he didn’t give to his other children.

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