A CALL FOR FATHERS
1 Cor. 4:15-16 I am writing this to counsel you as my own dear children.
YOU MAY HAVE TEN THOUSAND TEACHERS IN CHRIST, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE MANY FATHERS.
Through the Good News I became your father in Christ Jesus. So I beg you to be like me.
● IT IS NOT FOR LACK OF TEACHING THAT WE LOSE OUR CHILDREN – IT’S THE LACK OF GODLY FATHERS
(Intimate examples) Those who are emotionally aware & invested in the lives of OTHERS!
Yes I said OTHERS this verse is not primarily addressing our relationship with our children.
GOD IS CALLING EACH ONE OF US to be living examples of the things we teach!
● God wants US to display Our Fathers heart to this world… HE WANTS HIS FAMILY TO GROW
1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God!”
● God’s approach to grow His family is:
1.) To engage people where they are at (the lonely, broken & fatherless)
2.) Set them free & adopt them as His own children making them heirs to all that is His.
3.) Then truly Father them!
Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption (sonship). And by him we cry, `Abba, Father.’” Which literally means “DADDY”
Psalm 68:5-6 “A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing.”
It is very important to have good TEACHERS WHO ARE INVESTED IN AND LOVE THE TRUTH!
But it does not have the same impact as the instruction of A FATHER WHO IS INVESTED IN AND LOVES A YOUTH!
1 Corinthians 4:14-16 I am not trying to make you feel ashamed, but I am writing this to counsel you as my own dear children. You may have ten thousand teachers in Christ, but you don’t have many fathers. Through the Good News I became your father in Christ Jesus. So I beg you to be like me.
In my life I have found that my love & relational investment in people
won them to Christ where words & argument would have been failed.
● Reach for the Heart, it is the gateway to the rest!
● God’s love touches & changes the heart… before teaching transforms the mind!
Finally, I want to remind you that your ministry always starts at home.
1.) RESPOND to God’s Call for Fathers… LOVE YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOUR LIFE.
2.) Reach out to others with the Love of the Father… THEY will RESPOND!
John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love.
BE A FATHER! First to your own children, and then to the world!