Sermons and Classes
SOMETHING NEW IN OUR CLASSES: We are trying something new for our adult Bible class today and next Sunday. Instead of having our class in the auditorium in a lecture type of format, we are having a discussion class on the subject of submission in the fellowship area. We have the tables in a closed set up so we are all facing one another and we are discussing the topic. Bring a beverage. Study Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 5:21 – 22; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 5:5; and James 4:7. There is also a sheet of questions available to prod your thinking.
SINGING TONIGHT: Richard Hoyt is out of town, and we are going to have a congregational singing tonight instead of our class. Come with a request for a song to be led, and a desire to unite our voices in praises of and in petition to our God.
TUESDAY NIGHT DEVO: The third Tuesday of the month we have a devotional with other Christians in the area at the home of John and Cynthia Clayton. This coming Tuesday at 7:00 we will have a time of study, singing, and prayer followed by some light refreshments and fellowship. If you need directions, see John or Cynthia.
A. Impregnating a woman is not being a father biblically.I. A REAL FATHER IS A LEADER.
1. Viewed as a minimal sacrifice in our culture.B. It takes a special man to be a real father.
2. Too hard for most men.
A. Involves making critical decisions — Joshua 24:15II. A REAL FATHER IS A LABORER
B. Involves training of children — Proverbs 22:6
1. Training requires fathers taking a lead.C. A Christian leader involves discipline — Proverbs 13:24
2. Amos Rice story “Do you want your kids to walk where you have walked?”
1. Kids have to learn self discipline — do so by watching.
2. Fathers teach and live values — Proverbs 22:1.
3. Ephesians6:4 and Colossians 3:21
A. From the beginning man is active in molding his world — Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:15;III. A REAL FATHER IS A LOVER.
B. God calls the Christian father to be the provider.
1. 1 Timothy 5:8
2. Ecclesiastes 9:10
A. We are to be obsessed with all kinds of love.IV. HOW DO WE GROW INTO BEING A CHRISTIAN FATHER?
1. For God — John 3:16; Matthew 22:37B. Being joined to wife is not primarily a sexual union.
2. For our wives — Ephesians 5:25 – 33; 1 Corinthians 7:1 – 5
1. Genesis 2:24 "Cleave" is "dabag"= adhere toC. Love characterizes us as Christian men — verses 16 – 18.
2. Titus 2:2
3. 1 John 3:11 – 24
A. Obey God — allow his Spirit to work in you — Acts 2:37 – 42.
THE BACK PAGE
“CALL NO MAN FATHER”
We have talked about being a father both last Sunday and today, and that has raised a question about Matthew 23:9 where Jesus says “… call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven.” We have quoted Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21 in which instructions are given to fathers, so is this in conflict with the teachings of Jesus? Anytime there appears to be a conflict between different verses in the Bible, there are two ways to resolve it. Looking at the context is one, and the second is to look at the original words to see what their real meaning is.
In Matthew 23 Jesus is talking about the hypocrisy of the religious establishment who made rules and demanded things that they themselves could not or would not do. He specifically condemns their desire to be praised in public (verses 6 – 7). Jesus tells his followers not to seek the praise of humans in any way; so he says that we should not wear titles — not “Rabbi” (verse 8) or “Master” (verse 10), or “Father” (capital F in verse 9). The Greek word used in Matthew is “pater” and was used as a focus of honor. In religion there has been a tendency to establish one human as being of more importance than another, and that is the context of Matthew 23 and has little to do with family.
Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3 are letters written by Paul to families about how the family should function. In Ephesians Paul uses a different Greek word for “a father” (small f) and starts out with instructions to children, then to fathers, then to servants, and then to masters. The context is how to be the kind of child, father, servant, or master that God calls you to be. Earlier in Ephesians he talks to wives and couples.
There is no conflict between what Jesus said and what Paul wrote. Our purpose in addressing fathers today is to encourage all of our men to be the best that they can be as they provide an example to children, to wives, and to the outside world who watches us as Christians very closely; but, we do not use the word “Father” as a title.
— John Clayton