Fathers Day


1.    Introduction


·         Dads – what legacy will you leave?

Proverbs 13:22.  A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.

·         All dads leave some legacy – have impact upon their children that transfers.

·         What memories?  Shared experiences?  Words spoken?  Instructions?  Examples?  Money?

·         Every man has the privilege of Modelling the Fatherhood of God.

Eph 3:14-15.  “I bow my knees to the Father … of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.”

·         Children derive their name from the father of the family.

·         Name = identity; DNA; Nature; Origin.

·         Family originates from Gods Love – desire to share (1John 3:1)

·         Every male can produce a child – only be a Father by choice and commitment.


2.   The High Calling of Fathers


Fathers are called

(i) To be an example of what the Father in Heaven is like.

                        E.g. Model car – looks similar; real is better.


(ii) To Lead their Children to a Relationship with the Father in Heaven.

                                               how to be related to the Father in Heaven.  John 14:6


(iii) To Disciple their Children in a Godly Lifestyle.

John 14:21.  “He that has my commands and keeps them…loves me.”


(iv) To help children discover their unique Purpose and Destiny.


(v) To leave an inheritance so children can go beyond where he has gone.


3.   When Fathers Fail.

Fathers Day – many mixed feelings as we focus on Fathers.

(i)                 Good Fathers – happy memories, shared experiences, love, joy.

(ii)               Godly Fathers – imparted love for the Lord, family blessed spiritually, relationally and financially

(iii)       Failed Fathers – Died – left things unsaid, issue unresolved

·         Abandoned – Unwanted pregnancy, marriage failure

- Grief/anger/loneliness/struggle

·         Distant – Disconnected relationship

- Passive and unresolved.

·         Failed – alcoholic, Embarrassment to children

·         Abuse – verbal/physical/sexual

- Grief and pain.

                               to reveal we are of immense value to Father in Heaven

(i)           Give up – grief, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness

(ii)         Give Honour – acknowledge source of your life, release life.

(iii)       Get Hold of Gift of God – Holy Spirit – never leaves.

(iv)    Grow up – Draw from new source, change the next generation.