Summary: Father’s Day message based on I Timothy 5:8. Fathers are ordained by God to give spiritual leadership in the home. Every father’s goal should be to pass on a legacy of Christian faith to their loved ones and children.
Fathers With A Mission
A Checklist for Dads
The Top Ten Ways to Intimidate Your Daughter’s Date When He Comes to Pick Her Up:
10. Sprinkle some dust on your daughter before she leaves. Explain, “It makes fingerprinting easier.”
9. Challenge him at arm wrestling.
8. Introduce him to your good friend Tony Soprano.
7. Answer the door wearing a police swat team uniform.
6. Casually show him your collection of five shrunken heads, then yell up to your daughter, “Number six is here!”
5. Come to the door bare-chested. Do a lot of flexing.
4. Introduce him to the family by calling each family member to the living room using a whistle, then making them stand at attention and salute.
3. Have the funeral home director over to measure the young man.
2. Answer the door in a straight-jacket.
1. As they leave, speak into a walkie-talkie: “Subject is wearing khakis and a blue polo shirt, driving a green Ford.”
Here’s a more serious Top Ten list. A survey of elementary children was conducted a few years ago which indicated the ten most appreciated qualities for Dads:
1. He takes time for me.
2. He listens to me.
3. He plays with me.
4. He invites me to go places with him.
5. He lets me help him.
6. He treats my mother well.
7. He lets me say what I think.
8. He’s nice to my friends.
9. He only punishes me when I deserve it.
10. He isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong.
As parents our primary mission is to pass Biblical truths on to our children.
I Timothy 5:8 -- “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
As parents our mission is to pass on Biblical truths to our children and loved ones. To “provide” for our family means to provide love, financial security, and development an atmosphere of hope, faith and optimism.
We all struggle with obstacles to spending time in God’s Word—time constraints, misplaced priorities, and perhaps even some doubts about the relevancy of God’s Word to our lives.
The George Barna Research Group States that --
84% of Americans identify themselves as Christians
95% say they believe in God
And 68% of born again adults believe that the Bible teaches that “God helps those who help themselves”
53% that the Holy Spirit does not exist
47% that Satan does not exist
30% that Jesus Christ died but never had a physical resurrection
Since the creation of Adam, Men were ordained by God to be spiritual leaders in society and in the home. Fathers have God’s calling and mission to pass on Biblical truths to their children. Before you can pass something on you must first possess it. You first need God’s Word in your life.
I. Have God’s Word in Your Life.
I Thessalonians 2:11-12 – “A Father deals with his children, encouraging them…to live lives worthy of God.”
There are many obstacles to knowing God’s Word and making it apart of your life.
It’s hard to imagine that there are any obstacles to the use of God’s Word in the Western world. Christian bookstores not only offer Bibles at reasonable prices, but also many different translations and specialized editions. Statistics reveal that the average household in the United States has three Bibles.