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A Father's Responsibility
 
By Pastor Ron Wood

Bible Baptist Church, Coffeyville, KS

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Text:  Duet.6:4-9

As father's we have a great responsibility to teach our families to love the Lord. God gives us the key ingredients to accomplish this purpose. Intertwined in this is teaching them to love, respect and follow God's Word. Notice three things that are vital to teaching our families to love Him.

I.  We need to Talk Of God's Word

    A.  We need to take the time to talk with our
            families of the things of God

Proverbs 22:6-15 admonishes us to "Train up a child"

            1.  Dedicate or set aside for God's purpose.
            2.  We must have clear cut objectives of what we plan to teach them
            3.  We must create a strong desire for spirituality in there lives.

    B.  Some principles of Training

            1.  Training is more than teaching.
                    b.  Teaching deals with the mind
                    c.  Training deals with the will
                    d.  Training is not only TELLING them what to do, but
                        SHOWING them how to do it.
                    e.  Training is bringing our families to the place that they are
                        accustomed to dong right habitually, willingly and happily!


            2.  Prevention is better that Cure. This means start early and stay
                on the job constantly! Be aware of what is going on around us and
                our families.

            3.  Habit precedes Understanding! It seems that when children get
                into their teen years they start to question the things we have
                taught them. This is the time that those things are being weighed.
                They are deciding if these will be THEIR convictions also.


            4.  Example is better than Precept. Actions speak louder than
                words.

            5.  Love that Draws is better than Law that Demands!

II.  We need to Do God's Word

    A.  Pray FOR our families. Pray WITH them

    B.  Praise is very important

            1.  Praise God!!!

            2.  Praise your Wife and Children. This teaches them to be grateful

                a.  Listen to them. God listens to us! He even asks us to bring
                    our needs to Him!
                b.  Spend enjoyable time with them!

    C.  We need to BE God's Word

Matt.12:34-35 "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Prov.4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life

            1.  We Must be saved!!!!

            2.  We Must have the "Great" commandment firmly placed in our
                    hearts.

Matt.22:37-38 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

            3.  As we love the Lord we become more like him. As we become
                more like Him, more of His love and action show up in our lives.

            4.  When our families see that the Lord is REAL to us they begin to
                  realize just how important it is to also love Him and this is what
                    being a father is all about!!!

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