Summary: Father’s Day Sermon - Part Two
Fathering God’s Way, Part Two
Yeah But How?
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.
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:
4. Problem solver.
D. But, we MUST answer the YBH question. Yeah, but how?
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:
3. Provided for.
4. He is the source of their self-esteem!
B. How do I instill a good self-esteem into my children?
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.)