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Summary: This is a FATHER'S DAY LESSON, but can be used any time... It is an illustrated lesson and will need some preparation.

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NOT MANY FATHERS

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet

have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Exo. 20:12 HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER: that thy days may be long upon the

land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

I. COME LET US REASON TOGETEHER: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DAD

AND A FATHER? WHAT IS A REAL FATHER? FATHERS, WHAT ARE YOU SOWING?

A. The greatest NEED OF GOD and our nation today is not for Presidents or Pastors, the

greatest call is for MEN TO ARISE AND BECOME GREAT GODLY FATHERS. Men must see

the need to arise to their high call, and raise children in the fear of God and to love the

church! There is no greater need than a man committed to the cross and the church!

B. Often real fathers go UN-applauded and unappreciated, but God sees.

Mark 3: 35 For whosoever shall DO THE WILL OF GOD, the same shall be my brother, and

my sister, and mother.

C. We all have the opportunity of investing in others and becoming family and father to others.

Few men realize the awesome responsibly of having children.

D. Children are a gift from God, but what you do with the children is your gift back to God.

How sad? No sadder words of pen or tongue, than the words what might have been?

II. WILL THE MEN OF THE CHURCH REALIZE THE NEED OF A PRIEST AND GODLY

FATHER IN THE HOMES... WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE ARE YOU SETTING? WHAT

KIND OF SEEDS ARE YOU PLANTING?

Galatians 6:7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of

the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if

we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are

of the household of faith.

A. We need many SPIRITUAL FATHERS in the church! There are many men, but there are

few Godly fathers in the church and this world?

I ponder, WHY? Why are there not many FATHERS?

This lesson will approach the problem of men not seeing the need of a Godly example before

their children.

B. Our goal is to recognize a HIGH CALL ---

Let us arise to the office and calling for FATHERS TO ACCEPT THE CALL AND FILL

THE NEED IN THE CHURCH.

III. THINGS NEEDED TO ILLUSTRATE THIS LESSON.

A. 2-- 40 pound bags of potting soil. (Depends on how many FATHERS you will have.

This will prepare about 60 to 80 bags.)

B. 60 medium Zip Lock baggies. ( Before the service fill the 60 bags with dirt.)

I gave the bags out several service after the special day.

You can accent your points by repetition.

C. 5 or 6 bags of seeds, divide the seeds and place 15 or so seeds in individual baggies .

(I do: Forget me nots, sun flower, corn, mustard. See below for the lesson),

D. Bottle of water.

E. 60 red plastic cups. The cup represents you, the vessel of God.

Red represents the blood of Jesus.

The total cost for me was about $21.00 for 60 to 80 was around.


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