Fathers Who Walk with God

Fathers Who Walk with God

What a precious blessing that Jesus taught us to pray,

“Our Father in heaven…” (Matt 6:9)

In what way is our Father in heaven looking to shape fathers on earth? Let’s take this phrase–fathers who walk with God–and work our way backwards.

GOD (Jer 9:23-24)

  • God can be understood and known through the revelation of himself to mankind.
  • God “practices” or “exercises” steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
  • Indeed, not only does he “practice” these things, God “delights” in these things.

WALK (Micah 6:8)

  • “Walking” is used throughout God’s written revelation to describe how we conduct ourselves, how we spend our time, how we prioritize, with whom we align ourselves, “day by day” (Exo 18:20; Lev 18:4; 26:23-24; Josh 22:5;  2 Kings 21:22; Psa 81:13; John 1:14; Rom 6:3-4;  1 John 2:6; Gal 5:16;  2 Cor 5:7; 6:16).
  • By the grace extended through Jesus Christ, we can “walk humbly with our God.”

FATHERS (Gen 5:1-21)

  • By God’s design, men have “fathered” sons and daughters since Adam and Eve.
  • Not all biological fathers “walk with God” (Gen 5:22; 6:9-10).
  • Our heavenly Father wants fathers on earth not only to walk with him, but to walk with him “before” their children; to say with their mouths and by their lives: “Watch me.”

WHICH MEANS, FATHERS, WE MUST BE:

  1. Be intentional in our urging (1 Cor 4:14-16)
  2. Be watch-worthy (1 Cor 11:1)
  3. Wisely draw our children into not only watching, but participating (Phil 3:17)
  4. Teach them the ultimate reason behind the participating (Phil 4:8-9)
  5. Consistently remind ourselves of the power of our examples (2 Thes 3:7-9)
  6. Realize that our influence extends far beyond what we say (2 Tim 3:10-11)

This sermon was delivered on June 19, 2016.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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