WEEKLY SERMON   JUNE 20, 2021 

FATHER'S DAY SERMON

Happy Father’s Day. I’m Assistant Pastor Natalie and I will give the sermon today to give Pasto r Don a much needed holiday on his special day which is special to all fathers..

On this day we think of our earthly fathers but the ultimate father is our Heavenly Father.
2 Corinthians 6:18: "And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty."
2 Samuel 7:14-15: "I will be a father to him, and he'll be a son to me. When he does wrong, I'll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life. But I'll never remove my gracious love from him."
So God explains to us what a good Christian father is. He does so by example. That is how father’s should behave; our actions to our children should follow the behavior that our Heavenly Father shows towards us.
God tells us in Proverbs 4:11-12, Proverbs 4:11-12: "I will guide you in the way of wisdom and I will lead you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble."
Do this for your sons and daughters and you will rejoice in your children. God carefully gives us instructions on how to raise children throughout the bible.
Hebrews 12:7: "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?"
These encouragements can be found throughout God’s word in the bible. For instance
Start children off on the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6)
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
so you as a far play an important role in shaping how your children see the world and understand right from wrong. We can not push this off on the education system. We are the definitive guidance for our Christian children. You build the foundation that starts them on the path to God.
Your faith will hold your children (Proverbs 14:26)
“Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.”
God is the one who ultimately makes us righteous and gives us wisdom. But fathers have an opportunity to participate in the process. And when a father sees that God has used him to produce righteousness and wisdom in his child, it’s something to rejoice about.
HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN FATHER
1. LOVE GOD
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
THEREFORE to properly instruct your children and to train your children well,you must start by loving God above all else.
2. LOVE OTHERS
Mark 12:31 “And the second [commandment] is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Love not just your own children, but love others. To be a good father you must be a good Christian or you will influence your children negatively. This is a command from our Lord to love even our enemies.’
3. Mentor
train your children in the way they should go.
proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
4. Patient
be patient in training your children
Ephesians 6:4 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
I was in the supermarket when I saw a father push his 5 year old son out of the way of a coming carriage. I cringed because I saw that the little boy was hurt by that action. I expected him to cry. However,he put his hands on his hips and yelled with anger “don’t push me again”. I then realized that this angry act by the father was something that was routine in this little kid’s life. o much so that he was provoked to wrath and was being taught to be angry just like his father.
Losing your patience with your children creates an environment that does not promote correct learning but augments tension.
A GOOD WORKER BUT NOT A LOVER OF MONEY
Genesis 2:15 “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
1 Timothy 6:6-11 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
Manifest the Fruit of the Spirit
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECT YOU….MANIFEST HIS WORK IN YOUR LIFE BY HAVING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF:
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance
what about
church fathers
even if you have no physical children
These men may be physical fathers to their own children on the one hand, and spiritual "fathers" to the new converts on the other. Though your earthly father may not be a Christian, yet the godly men in the church can and should receive you as their spiritual "children" in the faith.

I. First, “fathers” in the local church are men of Christian maturity.
They are not new to the work of the church. Usually, we mean by “fathers,” men who are long time followers of Christ, men who are full of wisdom, who through long years of labor in the local church have learned to tell right from wrong, and work alongside the pastor. . New converts need to speak to these older men, and learn from them, and listen to their advice.
They are men of strong faith and solid convictions, men of courage, capable of making wise decisions, men who are strong Christians. Substantial men of God like these are the pillars of the church.
Churches must be built on solid men. These men are strong in the faith and firm in their convictions. These are not men who change their minds, or shuffle their opinions. They are faithful and true. They give confidence to the weaker members by their calm defense of the church. All Christians should seek to grow into the kind of character these men have. The Apostle Paul spoke of this when he said,
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”      (I Corinthians 15:58).
II. Second, “fathers” in the local church naturally care for the souls of others.
A man truly becomes a father of his family when his thoughts go out to his children and his wife. He no longer lives for himself, but for them. His family is now the center of his life, and so is the local church. They live for their families and for the church, and for the care and guidance of its members, especially the newer ones.
They live their lives as fathers – not living for themselves, but living to nurture, guide and care for those who are evangelized and are infants in the faith. III. Third, “fathers” in the local church know Jesus Christ personally.

SO EVEN IF YOU DONT YET HAVE PHYSICAL CHILDREN OR WILL NEVER HAVE PHYSICAL CHILDREN, THIS DAY IS YOUR FATHER’S DAY IF YOU CARE FOR THE SOULS OF THE CHURCH AS IF THEY WERE UNDER YOUR CARE AND GUIDANCE AS CHILDREN.
AND MORE IMPORTANTLY REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY BY COMMEMORATING YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR GIVING YOU LIFE , LOVING AND MENTORING YOU AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS.
I SAY THIS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHIRST.