Summary: Your Family is worth fighting for, so learn how to fight.
￼Fighting for Your Family Part 2
Open: We started a brand new series last
week called “Fighting for Your Family”
￼￼￼WHO LIKES FREE STUFF? (GIVE AWAY
REVIEW FROM LAST WEEK:
￼# 1 – THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A
￼# 2 – ONLY FAMILIES THAT LIVE BY GODLY
￼PRINCIPLES SURVIVE AND THRIVE
￼# 3 - IT DOESN’T TAKE PERFECTION TO
￼MAKE A GREAT FAMILY, BUT IT DOES TAKE
￼INTRO: LET THE FAMILY WARRIORS RISE UP!
TEXT: 2 Samuel 23, Verse 8 (probably says “David’s Mighty Men” (tell about David):
￼￼8 These are the names of David’s mightiest
￼warriors. The first was Jashobeam the
￼Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three—the
￼three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He
￼once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in
￼a single battle.
￼9 Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son
￼of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar
￼and David stood together against the Philistines
￼when the entire Israelite army had fled. 10 He
￼killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift
￼his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory
￼that day. The rest of the army did not return until
￼it was time to collect the plunder!
￼11 Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from
￼Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi
￼and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils.
￼The Israelite army fled, 12 but Shammah held
￼his ground in the middle of the field and beat
￼back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a
￼EXPLAIN THEN INTRO MOVIE CLIP
￼PLAY CLIP OF BRAVEHEART
￼What does a Family Warrior Look Like?
# 2 – Prays daily for his family
# 3 – Prays Daily WITH His Family
# 4 – Is Passionate About Serving Jesus
￼# 1 – Usually Male (but can be female if the
￼home lacks a male)
￼# 5 – Sets an Example He Wants His Children to
￼Okay Pastor Tommy, that’s what a Family
￼Warrior LOOKS like, but how do I become one?
￼FIRST, UNDERSTAND THIS ABSOLUTE,
￼BEDROCK, FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE:
￼• OUR WIVES AND OUR CHILDREN FIND IT
￼MUCH EASIER TO CONNECT TO A MAN
• YOU GAIN THAT CHARACTER BY BEING STRONG IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
• IN FACT, YOUR SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE WILL BE DIMINISHED, IN FACT MUTED, IF YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR OWN WALK WITH GOD
￼So Pastor Tommy, how can I get strong in my
￼relationship with God?
• You must take ownership of your own spiritual journey!
￼Why is owning my own personal spiritual life
￼such a big deal?
￼#1 – Your Spiritual Life Strengthens or Weakens
￼Every Relationship You Have in the Family
Look at Your Wife....
• Women rank “spiritual intimacy” as number 3
intheir top five needs
o# 1 Unconditional Love
o# 2 Communication and Emotional
o# 3 Spiritual Intimacy
￼SO a better spiritual like means a better
Look at your kids......
• Your kids are looking to you as their strong leader whether you are one or not
• We, as fathers, introduce them to the knowledge of and a right view of God in their lives!
• Did you know that.........
o63% of youth suicides are from fatherless
homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5
times the national average.
o90% of all homeless and runaway children
are from fatherless homes – 32 times the
o85% of all children who show behavior
disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the national average. (Center for Disease Control)
o75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the national average.
o43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]
o71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]
o90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28]
o70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]
o85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]
o80% of rapists come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
o71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
oFatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999]
￼• Come on Church, It’s WAY past time for
￼￼there to be some WARRIOR MEN to stand