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Why don't kids come with instructions? I mean seriously; the most valuable gift you will ever receive as a parent and there isn't even a brochure on what to do. The Bible however is a manual for building a human life and will always have what we need to raise our kids. The question for this message then becomes what is the role of a Dad and a Mom? If you got to sit down with Jesus and ask him what your job description was, I think he might say something like this.
Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death. – Proverbs 19:18
The Father's vision for our families is found in Deuteronomy six. Dads today are called to take up that vision and guide their families by God's vision and direction so that they might together have a life that they can enjoy.
Humanity was created in God's image. That means that we were made to resemble God in His attributes and represent Him in His creation. In fact, even our sexuality, that is, our "maleness" or "femaleness", says something about God. This is reinforced by the fact that the Scriptures speak of God using paternal (fatherly) images. So, when God wanted to describe His own provision and giving of good gifts, His discipline, compassion, and modeling, He compared these attributes to those reflected by a father. So, to all the fathers out there, you are a unique reflection of God's glory. That being the case, embrace and reflect God's image in you. You'll need God's help and you won't be perfect, but you can still point your children to their heavenly Father. (NOTE: this sermon began with a video [not recorded] that illustrated how some things are better with dads.)
The first thing the first speaker said was that there’s not a single functional family in the entire Bible, not one. Every home we encounter in the Bible is dysfunctional. Sin has laid waste to every human family and all of us come from broken homes, some more than others, but all broken. And that definitely includes the one I came from and the one I created and have. Nothing like traveling 2300 miles with a couple of sons to remind a dad of his sins and the sins he has passed down from one generation to another. Without a doubt the most painful experiences of my life are seeing my sins in the mirror of my sons. What I want to do this morning is say some things I wish I had heard 30 years ago and not just heard but taken to heart and put into practice. If we want to know what fatherhood looks like and sounds like and smells like and tastes like, we should turn to the original designer, the first architect, the best example and model and look in the book He wrote. I’m serious about this. The older I get and the more I read and study the Bible the more amazed I am at how it really does have the answer to all of life’s questions and issues. It’s the most supremely practical book. It contains God’s wisdom for doing life. If there is a question we need to know the answer to, that answer will be found in Scripture. Scripture teaches us everything we need to know about fathering and mothering. When you boil it down to the basics, fathering and mothering is love and correction, tender and tough, grace and guidance, delight and discipline. That’s what I want to focus on this morning and the next time I preach, delight and discipline, or pleasure and pain. From Scripture I want to show every father here these two aspects of godly, Biblical, masculine fatherhood. By the way, this has broader application beyond sons and daughters, to grandsons and granddaughters, nieces and nephews, and to all the children we relate to in this covenant community. This morning we will stop with the first half of what I am calling the pleasure and pain of fatherhood, or the delight and discipline of being a dad.
In a slump? Did you expend your energies throughout the holidays and now find yourself experiencing the "blues?" Rachelle Renee's father, Tim Reside, shares some helpful tips to take back your emotional control in this podcast.
I realized something this week—For the 19 years now that I have been a pastor, on Mother’s Days, I have almost always preached on subjects about mothers. On Father’s Days in those 19 years, I have almost never preached on subjects about fathers. I guess I can identify with the pastor who, before he had children, preached a sermon entitled "Twenty-five Principles for Raising Godly Children." When all of his children had left the home he preached a sermon entitled, "Two or Three Things that Might Work with Your Kids." The movie Courageous traces the lives of several law enforcement officers. A teaser for the movie says: “When tragedy strikes, these men are left actively wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith, and fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God and to their children?” I’m wondering the same things in our lives.