Summary: A MESSAGE ABOUT THE GOD GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY OF FATHERS
NOTE TO THE READER - THIS MESSAGE IS ORIGINAL AS GOD HAS PLACED IT UPON MY HEART. HOWEVER, THE STATISTICS I USE (*) ARE BORROWED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE AND I GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE.
I WRITE UNTO YOU FATHERS.....
1 JOHN 2:13-14
I. I WRITE UNTO YOU FATHERS....
A. There are two ways to look at these verses
B. Represents different groups within the church
1-the elderly who had seen Christ and been His followers from the beginning
2-those who had been saved for a while and were disciples, grounded in the faith
3-those who were children in the Lord, just recently coming to Christ
C. The leadership role of men in the church and home
1-the older, more experienced men particularly fathers
2-the young men in their prime just getting started in life
3-the children who would some day grow up to be the men in the church
D. Because it’s Father’s Day I want to focus on the latter aspect of John’s words
E. These words were inspired by the Holy Spirit, sent from the Heavenly Father with love. God is speaking to fathers today, reminding us of our God given responsibility to be the leader of the home
II. FATHERS - GOD’S APPOINTED LEADERS
A. The fathers were addressed because they were the leaders at church and at home
B. It has always been God‘s design that the men, the fathers be leaders
-not dictators; not harsh, mean, overbearing tyrants ruling with a rod of iron
-gentle, loving, caring, example setting leaders
C. The word “Father” - comes from the greek word “Pater” which has three meanings
1-nourisher or provider, 2-protector, 3-upholder
D. We are facing a dilemma in our society - that God given role is being neglected by men
E. Many of the problems we see today is a result of men not assuming their godly leadership position
*25 million children (36.3%) do not live with their fathers.
*40% of children in fatherless homes have not seen their father’s in a least 1 year. While 50% of children who live without their fathers have never stepped foot in their father’s home.
*63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
*85% of children that exhibit behavior disorders are from fatherless homes
*80% of rapists are from fatherless homes
*71% of high school drop outs are from fatherless homes
*75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers are from fatherless homes
*70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes
*85% of youths in prison are from fatherless homes
*70% of teen pregnancies are from fatherless homes
*72% of Americans polled recently said the physical absence of fathers is the most serious problem facing America’s families.
F. I want to take a look at God’s design for fatherhood and I want every father to ask “How am I measuring up to my God given responsibilities?”
III. FATHER’S ARE TO BE PROVIDERS
A. It is the primary responsibility of the man to be the provider of his household
-even though I am a minister and a pastor, my first and highest calling is to my family
B. God created man first and gave him dominion over the earth
C. When God cursed Adam for his sin, He reinforced that responsibility