Isa 42:5 ¶ Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it:
Quotes • “One good father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters.” • “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” • “One of the most important things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” • "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."Billy Graham
Our Primary Responsibility De 6:4 ¶ "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. 8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The Lord’s Constant Exhortation • Ps 78:1 ¶ Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; 6That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, 7that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;
Ps 145:1 ¶ I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.
The Consequences of Neglecting this Responsibility Jg 2:7 So the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel. 10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel. 11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals; 12 and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt;.
Two Biblical Roll Models to Follow • Ge18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him. • 1Co 4: 15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
A Courageous Resolution • for Fathers
I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. • 1. I will love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the word of God as the spiritual leader of my home. • 2. I will be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me. • 3. I will train them to honor authority and live responsibly. • 4. I will confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy. • 5. I will pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion. • 6. I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
7. I will learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God. • 8. I will seek to honor God, be faithful to his church, obey His word, and do His will. Conclusion “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 Happy Father’s Day