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Summary: Father’s Day Sermon - Part Two

Fathering God’s Way, Part Two

Yeah But How?

(Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (quickview) )

Theme: God is the originator of Fatherhood; therefore, He is the source for how to do it properly.

Purpose: After I preach this sermon, I want the fathers in the audience to see that there is an abundance of help available to them to help them be better fathers according to God’s word.

Behavioral

Objective: After I preach this sermon, I want the hearer to determine to read at least one book on how to be a better father according to God’s design for fatherhood.

Introduction. (Get attention, surface need, make a contract to deliver a solution.)

A. We can quote the Facts:

1. Tonight, 40% of all American children will go to sleep in a house in which their fathers do not live.

2. Before the age of eighteen, more than 50% of our children will spend a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers.

3. A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with a dad. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to.

4. Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend in this generation. Read quote from Blankenhorn, David Fatherless America: Confronting our most Urgent Social Problem (New York, New York: BasicBooks, 1995) pp.1-2.

B. We can grieve over typical models for fatherhood in America:

1. The busy father.

2. The authoritarian father.

3. The weak father.

4. The indifferent father.

5. The absent father.

C. We can quote God’s plan for the father:

1. Provider.

2. Teacher.

3. Leader.

4. Problem solver.

D. But, we MUST answer the YBH question. Yeah, but how?

I. The Father as Teacher - Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (quickview) .

A. The curriculum, 4-5.

1. The authority of God - He is The Lord.

2. The unity of God:

a. He is one.

b. He is consistent, enduring, trustworthy.

3. The covenant-seeking nature of God.

a. He wants a relationship with your kids.

b. It is fine to bring them to Sunday School and VBS; but, they must see what it means to have a personal relationship with God.

B. The methodology - HOW? 6-9

1. Exemplified - the laws of God must be lived out in your life.

2. Use audio and visual aids.

3. The three rules of learning: repetition, repetition and repetition.

II. The Father as Leader and Problem-Solver.

A. In the family, it is dad’s presence and influence in the family that makes kids feel:

1. Safe.

2. Secure.

3. Provided for.

4. He is the source of their self-esteem!

B. How do I instill a good self-esteem into my children?

1. First, understand the goals of parenting: Luke 2:50-52 (quickview) . (OH #1)[Overhead material is attached below]

2. Then, learn the strategy of parenting: Ephesians 6:1-4 (quickview) . (OH #2)

3. Then, turn to other people who have written some tremendous resources to help us:

a. Learn to speak their love language. (OH #3)

b. Learn the difference between discipline and punishment. (OH #4)

c. Help them become emotionally intelligent. (OH #5)

d. Give them the blessing. (OH #6)

Conclusion. (The purpose of the conclusion is to conclude, not merely to stop.)

OVERHEAD MATERIAL:

Overhead #1 - The Goals of Parenting - Luke 2:50-52 (quickview) 


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