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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

The Place of the Father in the Home

June 17, 2007

                Psalm 112:1—3

 

1.)    The Father is Responsible for setting an Example in the Home.

A.)  He should set a worthy example for His children.

(Ezek 20:19 NIV)  I am the LORD your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

 

B.) He who sets bad examples have children follow his example.

(1 Ki 15:25 NIV)  Nadab son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.

 

(1 Ki 15:26 NIV)  He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, walking in the ways of his father and in his sin, which he had caused Israel to commit.

 

C.) He who sets bad examples brings hardship to his children.

 (Exodus 20:5 NIV)  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

 

 

2.)    The Father’s Association with his wife.

 

A.)  He should have a sacrificial love for his wife.

     (Eph 5:25 NIV)  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

B.)   He should live joyfully with his wife.

 (Eccl 9:9 NIV)  Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun-- all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

 

     C.) He should give honor to his wife.

     (1 Pet 3:7 NIV)  Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the          gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

  

 

3.)    The Father’s association with his children.

 

A.)  He should recognize that children are a gift from God.

(Gen 33:5 NIV)  Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."

 

B.)   He is commanded to correct his children.

(Prov 29:17 NIV)  Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

 

C.)  He should correct his children without provoking them to wrath.

 (Eph 6:4 NIV)  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

      (Eph 6:4 KJV)  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 

4.)    The Father is Responsible for the Spiritual welfare of his family.

A.)  He is responsible for the training of his children.

     (Prov 22:6 NIV)  Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

 

B.)   He is Responsible for bringing his children to Worship.

(Deu 31:12 NIV)  Assemble the people--men, women and children, and the aliens living in your towns--so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.

 

(Deu 31:13 NIV)  Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess."

 

C.)  He is Responsible for bringing his children to Christ!

(Mark 10:13 NIV)  People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.

 

(Mark 10:14 NIV)  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

 

(Mark 10:15 NIV)  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

 

(Mark 10:16 NIV)  And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

 

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