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WE NEED SPIRITUAL FATHERS... SPIRITUAL SONS...

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

I. THERE MANY BE MANY DADS, BUT THERE ARE NOT MANY FATHERS...

1 Cor. 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in

Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

NIV

1 Cor. 4:15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers,

for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

MESSAGE

1 Cor. 4:15 There are a lot of people around who can't wait to tell you what you've done wrong, but there

aren't many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me

proclaim God's Message to you that I became your father.

II. WE HAVE A GREAT NEED WITHIN THE CHURCH TODAY...

WE NEED SPIRITUAL FATHERS...

GOD HEAR OUR PRAYERS AND GIVE TO US SPIRITUAL FATHERS...

Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him,

Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

[2] And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land

of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

[3] And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with

him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place

of which God had told him.

[4] Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

[5] And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder

and worship, and come again to you,

[6] And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire

in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

[7] And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son.

And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

[8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of

them together.

[9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the

wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

[10] And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

[11] And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said,

Here am I.

[12] And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that

thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

[13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his

horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

[14] And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the

Lord it shall be seen.

[15] And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

[16] And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not

withheld thy son, thine only son:

[17] That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven,

and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

III. WE HAVE PART OF HUMAN NATURE THAT SEARCHES FOR A PERFECT FATHER IMAGE...

MAN IS BENT DESIRING TO HAVE A FATHER IMAGE...

A. We need an AUTHORITY FIRGURE, people long for this ---

to lead us and guide us

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit

and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

B. Because many have had a WRAPPED, ABUSIVE, MEAN, DRUNK, FATHER AUTHORITY FIGURE...

C. THIS TWISTED VALUE SYSTEM EFFECTS/AFFECTS THE VIEW WE HAVE TO GOD THE FATHER.

IV. SPIRITUAL FATHERS HAVE A HEART FOR THEIR SONS...

SONS HAVE A HEART FOR THEIR FATHER...

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