NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK TO VIEW LIVE OR FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. YOU MAY ALSO WATCH LIVE OR A REPLAY ON the DR. Greg SLOOP FACEBOOK PAGE. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO To THE WEBSITE, kcog.org, AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

June 20, 2021

1 Corinthians 16:13–14 (NKJV): 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

1 Corinthians 16:13–14 (KJV 1900): 13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 14 Let all your things be done with charity.

I. The Essential Nature of Fathers

As supported by data from the US Census Bureau, the US Department of Health and Human Services, New York State Psychiatric Institute, US Department of Education, Psychology Today, and various articles published in academic journals, children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems. Boys are more likely to become involved in crime, and girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens.

II. The Over-Expectations Forced Upon Single Mothers

In the absence of a present father in a home, women have the strength and ability to step up to the challenge and rear children, yet according to these statistics, the job is greater than a single mother should do or even be expected to do.

HOWEVER, the presence of a non-involved father, or a non-leading Christian example can be almost as detrimental as the absence of a father.

A mother cannot show a boy or a young man how to be a Christian man. Sir, that is your responsibility as a FATHER

III. Traits of Poor Fathers

  • Emasculated
  • Lazy
  • Fearful
  • Inconsistent
  • Prayerless
  • Idolatrous
  • Ungodly

IV. Traits of Godly Fathers

  • Watchful
    • In prayer
    • In awareness
    • In assessment
    • In Spiritual leadership
  • Faithful
    • To their mother
    • To their well-being
    • To their spiritual development
  • Strong and Consistent
    • Example
    • Instruction
    • In rules/discipline
  • Charitable (Loving)
    • Love Jesus more than anyone
    • Love your family more than yourself
  • Takeaway Thoughts
    • Good Fathers
      • Watch over their families
      • Be faithful in all things for your family
      • Be strong in every situation and consistently courageous
      • Be loving
    • QUIT LIKE A MAN!

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