Dads Matter (Know Your Role)

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Dads Matter

My Dad:

Taught me how to work

Cannon Mills

Around the House (Clothes, Dishes, etc.)

Taught me how to play

Vacations

Wrestling and Tickling

Tried sports with me, although it was not his thing, really

Taught Me to Love

Love his wife

Love his children

Love his church

Love his Lord

Fathers Should Be:

Providing

Present

Praying

Teaching

Modeling & Guiding

Giving opportunities (opening doors)

I.  Fathers Should Be Providing

1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV): 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

II. Fathers Should Be Present

Deuteronomy 6:4–7 (NKJV)

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Wife and children must be more important than sports, hobbies, leisure activities.

If your “fun” is making it hard to be connected with your family, find some different fun that you can all enjoy together!

III. Fathers Should Be Praying

John 17:9–10 (NKJV):  9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.

IV.  Fathers Should Be Teaching

Deuteronomy 6:7 (NKJV): 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

V. Fathers Should Be Modeling and Guiding

Colossians 3:20–21 (NKJV)

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

VI. Fathers Should Be Giving opportunities (opening doors)

2 Corinthians 12:14–15 (NKJV):  14 … And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls….

Sons and Daughters Matter

Children should be:

Obeying

Following

Listening

Imitating

Taking Advantage of Opportunities

I. Children Should Be Obeying

Proverbs 6:20 (NLT): 20 My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

II. Children should be Following

1 Kings 11:6 (NLT)

6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done.

III. Children should be Listening

Proverbs 1:8 (NLT): 8 My child, listen when your father corrects you.  Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.

IV. Children should be Imitating

1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV): 1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

V. Children should be Taking Advantage of Opportunities

Ecclesiastes 12:4 (NLT): 4 Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint.

Takeaway Thoughts

Fathers have a very distinct role in the family.  Their leadership is essential. 

Fathers should be providing, present, praying, teaching, modeling & guiding, and giving opportunities.

Children have a powerful role as well to make the family whole.

Children should be obeying, following, listening, imitating, and taking the opportunities provided.

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