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Summary: The God-given role of the father in the home.

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¡§T H E Y C A L L M E ¡K D A D!¡¨

EPHESIANS 6:4

If you were to choose one word to describe the most powerful influence in a child¡¦s life, what word would you choose? When it comes to the power of influence in a child¡¦s life or world, I would choose the word ¡§Dad.¡¨ (A father¡¦s influence ¡K positive or negative on a child¡¦s life)

In Ramsey County, Minnesota, 9th and 10th graders were interviewed about their dads. The students were all asked this question, ¡§What comes to mind when you think of the word ¡¥dad?¡¨ Their answers could be separated into two distinct categories: At one end of the spectrum were answers like: ¡§I think of wholeness, kindness, security, safety, love and integrity.¡¨ But there was a second category: These students said, ¡§I think of the word jerk¡Kangry, mad, hurtful and absent.¡¨

Dad is an immensely powerful word because the influence of a father is an immensely powerful influence.

The influence of a father, every father, reaches far beyond one¡¦s childhood. ¡§What comes to mind when you think of the word ¡¥dad?¡¨ Each of us answered that question. Each of us remembers. Each of our answers fell into one of the two piles. Someone correctly observed that there are two ways to recognize the power of a father¡¦s influence. One is to see it at work. The other is to see what happens when it is absent or gone. Present or absent, positive or negative, the power of influence of the father is staggering. If you are a father, your influence (positive or negative, present or absent) will span generations.

Our Series: The Word On Parenting (Looking at the parent¡¦s relationship to God) Today: What is the role of the father in the home? (essentials)

Big Idea: Every Father Has A God-given Role To Fulfill

Primary Text: Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,

but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Trans: Three Essentials of Every Father¡¦s Role

ć His Role as a Leader

ć His Role as a Teacher (Mentor)

ć His Role as an Example (Model)

1. HIS ROLE AS A LEADER

Every Father is responsible to be a, Spirit controlled, loving, Christ-like leader in the home.

¡§Fathers¡¨ (not parents, not mothers, not guardians, not grandparents --- but fathers)

ƒá Pat`er (pateres - pl)--- from a root word signifying a nourisher, protector, upholder¡K

Can the Greek word refer to both parents? Yes.

Does it here? No! (Other words he could have used to signify parents. It does not fit the context. Why not?

Stress in Ephesians 5&6 is walking with God and individual responsibilities and relationships in the home¡K

Not all inclusive (telling everything we are to do), but what is at the core of each ones roles¡K

¡§Fathers¡¨ (pateres) is a statement of position and responsibility: He is responsible to see that what God commands are done and in a certain manner. He is responsible to set the spiritual climate of the the home.

Context: Chapters 1 ¡V 3 „³ What God has done for us¡K. Doctrine, who we are in Christ, our purpose.

Chapters 4 ¡V 6 „³ What we are to be doing in God¡¦s power, because of who & whose we are.


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