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The Olympic Games are crowning athletic champions, but God has called us to be spiritual champions. So far, we have considered the seriousness of our calling as Christians. We have also considered our opponent, the devil, that He is real, he seeks to devour, but that through Jesus he is destroyed. We consider a very clear call today from another text in the New Testament that uses athletic competition as the analogy to the Christian life. The Word of God exhorts us to “Run in such a way that you may win.”
We must learn to put on Christ like we put on clean cloths every day. Not for our salvation, but because of it. Not so we can have nice cloths, but because we have been given a brand new wardrobe.
What are the proper motivations for godly parenting?
A few weeks ago I started a sermon with the intention of preaching about two aspects of fatherhood, called the Pleasure and Pain of Fatherhood. I had one key Scripture text for each aspect, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that if I was going to do either text any justice at all I was going to have to devote a sermon to each text. So last time I preached I spoke on what Scripture teaches about the pleasure and delight of fatherhood from the words of God the Father to God the Son at the Son’s baptism. This morning I want to address the question of how we love our children when they sin. What about when they disobey and cause us much displeasure? What does Scripture say about discipline and how do we do it in the context of love and pleasure and delight? Many of us discipline the way our parents did, what we need to do is learn to discipline the way God does. What I want to do again 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.
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 this sermon we look at God's discipline and instruction in our lives and the result in parenting.