Emmanuel Christian Church 6.9.24

INTRODUCTION: A mere four weeks ago, we celebrated the role of

motherhood- and rightly so because it is one of the very few core

principles that collectively serve as the foundation of good society.

As important as motherhood is however, it’s very existence is

dependent on another role- that of fatherhood. Our materialist,

atheist, culture has attacked both of these roles in an attempt to

render them irrelevant in the name of progressive ideology. But

instead of delivering “progress”, they’ve delivered illegitimacy,

poverty, crime and social decay. The attack on the nuclear family in

general and fatherhood especially, can be traced to EVERY problem

we face today.

PROPOSITION: So, As Father’s Day approaches, I’d like for us to

give some serious thought to the importance of fatherhood. There

are only two thoughts I’d like for us to consider from God’s Word this

morning. The first is that…

Fatherhood is at the heart of the God’s Word.

- To make that point, Let’s consider two of the Bible’s leading

father figures: Adam (the physical father of all mankind) and

Abraham (the spiritual father of all who have faith in God)

- We begin with our father in the flesh, Adam and his relationship

with God- it was that of creation to Creator.

(Genesis 2:7) the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the

ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man

became a living being.

- Can you imagine the scene?

- God takes the dust of the ground and miraculously

morphs its elements into the flesh, blood and bone of the

first human body!

- Still and lifeless, the body He’s created is nothing more

than an incredibly complex biological machine.- And then, in one of history’s greatest moments, God

Himself breathes life into the nostrils of man!

- Can you imagine what Adam saw?

- As his eyes fluttered open for the first time, and as his

brain processed the input of his optic nerves, Adam

beheld the face of God!

- Certainly, with no previous experience or understanding,

there must have been a great deal of uncertainty in

Adam’s mind- who was this One responsible for his life.

TRANSITION: Curiously, the Book of Genesis does not record Adam

and his wife addressing God as “Father”! Instead we find them

using the term “YHWH” (translated in Bible as LORD)- it became for

the Jews (and remains for many today) the unpronounced name of


- Next, let’s consider Abraham’s relationship with God- it was that of

servant to Master.

(Genesis 12:1) The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country,

your people and your father's household and go to the land I will

show you.(Genesis 12:4) So Abram left, as the LORD had told him;

and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he

set out from Haran.

- What an interesting exchange! What would you have done if

God appeared to you late in life and gave you the instruction

to leave everything you’ve ever known behind?

- Abraham’s response to God was unhesitating obedience, for

he saw himself as nothing more than a servant obliged to do

the bidding of his Master.

- In all of the Old Testament, there are only 5 references to God

in the role of father.

- Deuteronomy 1:31 “…the LORD your God carried you,

as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you

reached this place.”

- the prophet doesn’t call God the Father of Israel, but

says God carried them like a father through their

desert wanderings.

- Psalm 68:5 David calls God “a father to the fatherless”.- Psalm 89:26 The Psalmist speaks prophetically of Christ

calling God “his father”.

- Isaiah 9:6 The prophet speaks of the coming Messiah in

the role of Father.

- Malachi 2:10 The prophet in asking a rhetorical question

states: “…have we not all one Father?”

- HOWEVER, In the New Testament, God is presented in the

role of Father 45 times!

- Nearly one forth the size of the Old Testament, the New

Testament contains 9 times more references to God as

“our Father”. (a ratio of 1:36?)

- Certainly, we can trace this change to the work of Christ

on our behalf, but the numbers themselves speak of

God’s heart for his relationship with us. God’s desire is

not that we would relate to Him as Creator- although He

is our Creator; God’s desire is not that we would relate to

Him as Master- although He is our Master; God’s desire

is that we relate to Him as our Father!

APPLICATION: Fatherhood is not a man-made, patriarchal social

construct- it is God’s personal design for our most important

relationship! To honor, and revere fatherhood is to honor and revere

God. Which brings me to my second point this morning…

Fatherhood is at the heart of our relationship with God.

- God conducts Himself toward us as the ultimate example of


- Let’s consider the GODLY role of Father as PROVIDER.

- Listen to Jesus from His sermon on the mount.

Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks

receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will

be opened. 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a

stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you,

then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your

children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts

to those who ask him!- The role of father as provider to his family is primary. The idea

that it can be replaced by some progressive socialist

alternative has been proven to be absolutely false.

- The role of “father” is God’s gift to the church, family and

society at large. Men who pursue that role are partners with

God in blessing the people around them.

- God’s word speaks directly to the role of Father as Provider

when it says…

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down

from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like

shifting shadows.

- Let’s consider the GODLY role of father as TEACHER

Hebrews 12:7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as

sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not

disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are

illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had

human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How

much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!

- Another vital role of every father is that of teacher, trainer

mentor of his children (this is the idea contained in the use of

the term “discipline” in the passage we just read).

- When an earthly father trains and disciplines his own children,

he is communicating his love for them.

- Of pastor/elders in the church, God’s word implies their

“fatherly” role in the fellowship…

1 Timothy 3:4 He must manage his own family well and see that his

children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know

how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's


- Finally, let’s consider the GODLY role of father as REDEEMER

John 1:11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not

receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in

his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- 13 childrenborn not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's

will, but born of God.

- Can you hear the sequence of events?

- God Fathered Mankind in the Creation.

- Mankind rejected God the Father.

- God the Father put on flesh and visited rebellious mankind.

- Surrendering Himself for His own Creation, God the Father

made a way by which the rebels could be redeemed.

- And if that wasn’t enough, he adopted those former rebels as

His very own children!

- The privilege to call God our “Father” does not come by

way of our physical creation - (our first birth into this sin

broken world). We are NOT all God’s children!

- Jesus clearly said we MUST be born again if God is to be

our Father.

CONCLUSION: Human father’s are providers for their families, and

teachers of their children, BUT only God the Father has the power to

fulfill the role of REDEEMER. But here’s the truth- earthly fathers

are the family’s most powerful of influencers! Research shows

that more families go to church when father leads the way; and

children walk the path of Christ when they watch their fathers walk

before them.

Fatherhood- it’s the very heartbeat of God, and the foundation of

our relationship with Him!

Next week: We’ll consider the story of a remarkable father who isn’t

remembered for being a remarkable father! His name is Job.