Summary: Celebrating great dads: Their CHARACTER, their COMPANION, and their CHILDREN. Link included to formatted text and PowerPoint Presentation, as well as 4 other Father’s Day sermons.
MY Dad is the Greatest!
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As a kid I got in trouble when the teacher called my parents to let them know what they heard me telling another boy: "My dad could beat up your dad!" I didn’t understand the big deal--I mean, it was true, he could. Were they gonna make him prove it or something? Well, many of us believe our dad is the greatest and we cannot all be right. But it’s a special relationship, father/son, or father/daughter.
Ill.--A young couple took their two-year-old daughter to the home-improvement store. She got tired of walking, so the husband let her ride on his shoulders. As he walked, she began pulling his hair. Although he asked her to stop several times, she kept on. Getting annoyed, he scolded, "Madison! Stop that!"
"But, Daddy," she replied, "I’m just trying to get my gum back!
"God has ordained 3 great institutions here on this earth: The home, the government, the church. The oldest, and greatest of these institutions is the home. The church is a great institution, but is only as great as its homes. Our nation is great, though it has been far greater, but it is only as great as its churches.
"As the home goes, so goes the church, as the church goes, so goes the nation."
Through the years, much of the burden of having the right kind of home has been placed on "mother." But the Bible places most of the burden squarely in the lap of "Dad."
It is Dad’s responsibility to set the moral and spiritual example for the home/to see to it that the Word of God is honored and revered/take lead in matters of discipline/make sure children are raised in nurture and admonition of the Lord/in church faithfully...greatly increasing their chances of being born again just as soon as they reach the age of accountability (for them). Thank God for Christian mothers, some of which have many of these responsibilities fall to them--but remember, dad will answer to God for it!
It was Joshua who said, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." He was the leader of the band.
Eve may have taken that first bite--but God came looking for Adam!
We live in a day in which it is very difficult to be a good man. It is even more difficult to be a good husband. But it is most difficult to be a good dad.
The world has a warped concept of what it means to be a good dad. Just turn on the TV and you’ll know it’s true. Have you noticed that the dad of most TV households is made out to be a buffoon and an idiot?
So, men, who can we pattern ourselves after if not Archie Bunker, Homer Simpson, or Ray Romano?
Well, our standard should be the Word of God...and Ps. 128 gives us some tremendous concepts on how to be a good dad, and how a family can best support dad.
v. 1 "Blessed" means to be congratulated. If you do the things in the following verses, you should be commended, congratulated. In the original language it’s plural...it actually says it twice! Blessed, blessed is the man! That’s double joy! But if you don’t do what this Psalm says, it will be double trouble!
So, if you want double joy, if you want to be the best dad you can be, if you want to be the leader of the band as you are called to be, then tune in to channel 128 this morning to see the dad that God built:
v. 1 First and foremost, a good dad will fear God and walk in old-fashioned character and integrity.
What will your kids remember about you when you¡¦ve left this life? What do some of you remember about your dad?
I wonder what my kids will remember about me? Will they remember the things I bought them? What did your dad buy you on your 12th birthday? Don’t remember do you?
No, they’ll remember our character, whether good or bad. Allow me to read a letter now that I wrote to my dad, and sent to mom to hold and read there on Father’s Day.
"What do I remember about you, dad, from my childhood? Among other things, I actually do remember one of your sermons, because it’s the best one you ever preached. Your first church was also named Grace Baptist, but you didn’t preach it there. You get asked to preach out at other places sometimes, but you never shared this sermon there. You have preached about once a week at your church in NM, despite doctor’s orders not to, and despite the fact that you have full approval to retire because of your health, but you didn’t preach the sermon I’m talking about either of those Sundays...as a matter of fact, it wasn’t a Sunday, it was a Saturday when I heard you preach this sermon to a congregation of 1--me! It wasn’t a long sermon, but boy was it lifechanging! It wasn’t alliterated, but it’s as easy to remember as my ABC’s! It didn’t contain a poem, but as I look back on it, it WAS poetry!