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Saturday, 01 October 2016 13:08

The Gospel and the Christian Family Lesson 9

The Gospel and the Christian Family

Fatherhood

Theological Presentation

Physical Provider

 

Earthly                                                       Heavenly
*Adam and Eve are given dominion over      *God made, bought, and established us.
  the earth (Genesis 1:29)                            (Deuteronomy 32:6)
*Noah and his sons are given dominion        *God makes the sun rise and the rain fall   including eating animals. (Genesis 9:1-3)     on the just and the unjust. (Matt. 5:45) *Joseph is made father of Egypt to              *God gives greater gifts than earthly           provide during the famine. (Genesis 45:8)   fathers.(Matthew 7:11)
*Earthly fathers give good gifts to their        *God gives every good a perfect gift.         children. (Matthew 7:11)                            (James 1:17)

 

Spiritual Provider

 

Earthly                                                       Heavenly
*Corrects in love. (Proverbs 3:12)                *Corrects in love. (Proverbs 3:12) *Teaches wisdom through sound doctrine.    *Chastens with the rod and blows  (Proverbs 4:1ff)                                           of men. (2 Samuel 7:14) 
*Makes truth known to his children.              *Reveals Himself to us by sending (Isaiah 38:9)                                                 Jesus to save us. (John 1:18)
*Paul describes himself as the father of         *Saves, teaches, and explains doctrine     the Corinthians by the preaching of the         through Jesus. (John 5:16-47) 
  Gospel. (1 Corinthians 4:15)
*Raise children in the fear and                      *Has begotten us again to a living hope.   admonition of God. (Ephesians 6:2)               (1 Peter 1:3)
*Exhort, charge, comfort.
  (1 Thessalonians 2:11)

Respect For

 

Earthly                                                       Heavenly
*4th Commandment (Exodus 20:12)            *Be perfect as He is perfect. (Matt. 5:48) *Certain kinds of disrespect were                 *Don’t do things to glorify yourself, but     punished by death. (Exodus 21:15-17;         Him. (Matthew 6:1-4)
  Deuteronomy 21:18-19)                              
*Revere parents; God is Lord.                      *He seeks to be worshiped in spirit and     (Leviticus 19:3)                                          truth. (John 4:23)
*Hear the father’s instruction. (Proverbs       *If we respect earthly fathers, how much   1:8; 6:20; 13:1)                                         more our heavenly Father. (Heb. 12:9) *Service to the church does not nullify          *Don’t love the world, but Him.
  the 4th Commandment. (Matthew 15:1-9)    (1 John 2:15)

Discussion Questions

1. How are the responsibilities of fathers a reflection of God and what does it mean in our practice?

2. How does God’s example of fatherhood apply to us in motivation and practice?

3. In what way is our physical providing a confession of our faith, and who is affected by it?

4. How are fathers to meet the spiritual needs of their children?

5. What does the fatherhood of God teach about why fathers meet spiritual needs?

6. What are the consequences of neglecting these things?

7. How does our understanding and practice of fatherhood affect our understanding of God's self revelation?

8. What is the proper response of children to Christian fatherhood and how is this   response arrived at?

9. What steps can we encourage toward better fatherhood?

Current Issues

CURRENT ISSUES: June 2015 

     Here in the State of Indiana we have been embroiled in a fight about the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”  Much has been written about it, as well as much on TV.  Not much has been accurate. 
    Christians do not want laws enacted so that we can discriminate against, and show hatred for, anyone.  To suggest that anyone who was for this act is hateful and wants to discriminate against others is the same as claiming that those who opposed this law are opposed to religious freedom and haters of religious people.  Neither assumption has any basis in fact.
    Many Christians, or their ancestors, came to America because it was a place where they would be able to worship God freely, without government intervention or interference.  People of other faiths have come to America for the same reason, since our Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, not any particular religion. 
    Our first consideration is the preservation of our First Amendment rights, especially since those rights have come under fire in recent years.  There are those who accuse us of simply wanting to discriminate against homosexuals.  This is simply not true.  We do consider homosexual behavior sinful.  But if we wanted to promote discrimination against sinners, we would be inviting discrimination since we sin too.  We simply wish to preserve the rights we are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.  We invite you to read the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights if you have not done so.  There will be discussion of marriage and sexuality on this website as time goes along, but we always welcome questions and will answer as promptly as possible.  
    May God bless you in the exercise of your citizenship.  May God also bless our country, president, congress, governors, legislatures, and all our citizens.

 

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