God’s Grace For Fathers
Father’s Day Sermon, Selected Passages
1. Grace for living.
“9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” Jeremiah 17:9.
· We live in a time wherein our pop-culture says we must follow our heart.
· Our culture says, “We can be all we want to be.”
· But the truth is, we can’t always be what we want to be.
· Sometimes we can be what we want to be, but we also get ourselves into troubles.
“6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:6
· Satan reshaped God’s word by telling them half-truths and denying the consequences of disobedience.
· Satan took Adam and Eve’s eyes and focus them on the prohibitions of God, rather than the blessings that come out of the commands.
· Adam wasn’t as good as a husband to Eve as he did not consult God to determine the truth.
“I will create a new heart and put a new spirit in it.” Ezekiel 36:26.
· It was God’s grace which will enable us to obey His commands.
· It is God’s grace which will help us to become whom, and what, God wants us to be.
· God’s grace is always available in every space of our life.
· As children are God’s heritage to parents, thus, He will help the fathers relying in His grace to raise godly children.
2. Grace for loving.
21 When King David heard all this, he was furious. 22 And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar.” 2 Samuel 13:21, Read the whole chapter 2 Samuel 13 for context.
· David was furious when he heard about Amnon’s assault to his half-sister, but did nothing to discipline him.
· David was tolerant to his children and tossed over his parenting to his wives.
3. Grace in leading.
“11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.” Luke 1:11-15.
· As a priest, Zachariah taught his son, John the Baptist, about the coming Messiah.
· Zachariah John many spiritual things that prepared him to become the forerunner of Jesus.
· John in turn, prepared God’s people to meet Jesus.
· God uses this method of spiritual connection to bring people to the Messiah.
· Fathers are the spiritual connectors of their children to the Savior.
· Ask God for his grace to help you create time to talk to your family about Jesus in the Bible.