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The Commitments of Fatherhood

June 20, 2021 Speaker: Dr. Rick Gregory Series: Special Services

Topic: Fathers Day

Theme: A godly father is committed to learning to love God so he can lead His family toward God.

I. A Commitment to Learning – Proverbs 9:9

A. Learning God’s Word 

  • A constant need for reorientation to truth – allowing Scripture to be that gyroscope that rights us constantly - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Without our constant submission to the Word, we fail to see things from a spiritual viewpoint and default to “natural” or ungodly perspectives and perceptions - 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

B. Learning Wisdom 

  • In that we are exhorted to “Acquire wisdom” indicates that we do not have it naturally – it is something we must seek - Proverbs 4:5
  • We have to remain teachable - Proverbs 19:20

C. Learning Your Weaknesses

  • It is understood that we have moral, spiritual, emotional and mental weaknesses for which the Holy Spirit is committed to helping us overcome - Romans 8:26
  • When we learn to recognize our weaknesses, the power of Christ is able to compensate for these things - 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Jesus identifies with us in our weaknesses – and stands ready to assist us as we “draw near” to Him for the grace we need - Hebrews 4:15

D. Learning Your Wife 

  • Men are to make their wives a personal “study” – until they are able to “understand” them - 1 Peter 3:7
  • Men who fail to “learn” their wives – constantly, are men who fail to honor them and have a hindrance in their relationship with God – “… so that your prayers will not be hindered.”

E. Learning to Work 

  • Work was assigned to Adam before the Fall – as something that we are designed to do - Genesis 2:15
  • As a result of the Fall, work became more intense and demanding - Genesis 3:17-19
  • Prosperity is directly tied to one’s willingness to work hard - Proverbs 10:4
  • Laziness will certainly destroy a person’s life - Proverbs 18:9
  • Assistance ought not be provided to those who can work but do not – they are not even to be permitted to eat - 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
  • A man must be committed to a constant momentum in learning more of what it means to be a man. 

II. A Commitment to Loving – John 15:17

A. Loving the Lord

  • Matthew 22:36-37

B. Loving One Lady 

  • Matthew 19:4-6
  • Ephesians 5:2, 25

C. Loving your “Littles” 

  • Proverbs 3:11-12

A man must be others-oriented, putting the needs of others before his own preferences. His priorities are to love the Lord, then loves others – most notably his wife and children (his nearest neighbors)

III. A Commitment to Leading – Philippians 3:17

A. Leading by Example 

  • Deuteronomy 6:5-6

B. Leading by Explanation 

  • Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:4

A man who is learning from the Lord and loving his wife and children will do everything he can to lead them into the same valuable lessons that the Lord is teaching him. 

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