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Summary: A message for Father’s Day, challenging fathers to leave a lasting legacy.

Leaving Your Mark

Exodus 3:6

June 19, 2005

Exodus 3:6

Then he said, "I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." When Moses heard this, he hid his face in his hands because he was afraid to look at God.

The Power of Legacy

 Legacy outlives you

 Abraham, Isaac & Jacob – a legacy of faith

 A powerful legacy shapes future generations

Teach Your Children Well

 Teach from your own experience

– Victories

– Defeats

Proverbs 1:8-9

Proverbs 3:1-2

Proverbs 1:8-9 (NLT)

Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching. [9] What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor.

Proverbs 3:1-2 (NLT)

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, [2] for they will give you a long and satisfying life.

Teach Your Children Well

 Teach from your own experience

– Victories

– Defeats

Proverbs 1:8-9

Proverbs 3:1-2

 Be transparent

 Look for teachable moments

 Invite your children to join you

– Work

– Hobbies & interests

Fan The Flames

 Encourage your children in their uniqueness

– Giftings

– Interests

– Passions

Colossians 3:21

Colossians 3:21 (NLT)

Fathers, don’t aggravate your children. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying.

Fan The Flames

 Encourage your children in their uniqueness

– Giftings

– Interests

– Passions

Colossians 3:21

 Encourage your children in their choices

Titus 2:6

Titus 2:6 (NLT)

In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely in all they do.

Fan The Flames

 Encourage your children in their uniqueness

– Giftings

– Interests

– Passions

 Encourage your children in their choices

Titus 2:6

 Encourage your children to broaden their horizons

– New experiences

– New places

 Involve your children in ministry

1 Chronicles 25:6

1 Chronicles 25:6 (NLT)

All these men were under the direction of their fathers as they made music at the house of the Lord. Their responsibilities included the playing of cymbals, lyres, and harps at the house of God.

Dare To Discipline

 Discipline reinforces moral boundaries

– Defines right from wrong

– Provides a moral compass

Proverbs 6:23

Proverbs 19:18

Proverbs 22:15

Proverbs 23:13-14

Proverbs 6:23 (NLT)

For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.

Proverbs 19:18 (NLT)

Discipline your children while there is hope. If you don’t, you will ruin their lives.

Proverbs 22:15 (NLT)

A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but discipline will drive it away.

Proverbs 23:13-14 (NLT)

Don’t fail to correct your children. They won’t die if you spank them. [14] Physical discipline may well save them from death.

Dare To Discipline

 Discipline reinforces moral boundaries

– Defines right from wrong

– Provides a moral compass

 Discipline fosters responsibility and trust

Proverbs 13:1

Proverbs 29:17

Proverbs 13:1 (NLT)

A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a young mocker refuses to listen.

Proverbs 29:17 (NLT)

Discipline your children, and they will give you happiness and peace of mind.

Dare To Discipline

 Discipline reinforces moral boundaries

– Defines right from wrong

– Provides a moral compass

 Discipline fosters responsibility and trust

 Discipline shows that you care

Proverbs 13:24

Ephesians 6:4

Proverbs 13:24 (NLT)

If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don’t love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.

Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)

And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

Formation of a Foundation

 Faith

– Make Christ visible in your life & home

– Teach your children to pray, worship & serve

– Testify of God’s working in your life

 Character

– Be accountable for your actions

– Demonstrate the value of integrity

– Be a man of your word

 Skills

– Give away your knowledge

– Learn new skills together

– Be willing to try and fail

What is your legacy???

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