Today is a day for fathers to be thankful to God for the gift of fatherhood. And it is a day to recognize and be reminded of the role and responsibility of fathers. This morning we recognize the importance of a father’s work in teaching and equipping his children such that they would know, love and obey God. And as a result, live lives under the banner of God's blessing.
Fatherhood is a magnificent gift of God. And in honor of Father's Day, we are going to jump out of our series in 1st Corinthians and focus our attention on God’s Word as it relates to fathers. God is the Father of all. God is a good and perfect Father. God has created Fatherhood and hence, God has instructions on how to be a good and effective father. This morning we examine God's Word to the Ephesians and his instructions to fathers regarding their responsibility to lead, teach and equip their children to live in such a way that pleases God.
This Father's Day we examine God's call to fathers to teach their children the glorious deeds of the Lord and his commandments. As father's we are primarily responsible for teaching our children God's Word. Our goal is not merely the transmission of facts but knowledge of God that leads to a love for God that directs our children to put all their hope in God.
As fathers we are commanded to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Hence, as fathers we are models and teachers. But are we faithful models and teachers? All of us are teaching our children something, whether we realize it or not. Are we teaching them that Christ and His Kingdom are our supreme treasure or the things of this world are our treasure? As fathers our goal should be to teach and display the beauty and goodness of Jesus and His Word so that our children will know, love and obey the Him.
This Father’s Day, we look at the instructions Paul gives for older and younger men. We see that men are to be a model of good works and practice self-control. The rise and fall of the family and local church rests in part on their ability to do these two things.