Sunday, June 19, 2011

Honoring Dad

Exodus 20:12 tells us, “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (NASB). Sunday we had a wonderful time doing just that, celebrating and honoring dads.

Here are the points of the message:

1. We celebrate dads who made the decision to give up what they cannot keep, to gain what they cannot loose.

2. We celebrate dads who, in spite of all odds, maintain a consistent relationship with God and their family.

3. We celebrate dads who enjoy the journey while keeping their eyes fixed on the finish line.

Fathers play seven key roles in family life. They are:

1. The role of priest (Job 1:1-5)

2. The role of prophet (Proverbs 3:12; Hebrews 12:6; James 1:11)

3. The role of protector

4. The role of provider (2 Thessalonians 3:10; Proverbs 14:23; 18:9; 24:27)

5. The role of lover

6. The role of comedian

7. The role of visionary

For every dad that has stayed up late, or changed the oil, or repaired the nail hole, or fixed a flat tire, or tucked your child into bed, or listened to your child’s repeated stories, or laughed at the same jokes you told as a kid, or played football in the back yard, or had tea with your daughter, or etc. etc. etc.

We honor you for being an exceptional dad.

To the fathers that help children dream and believe; to dads that guide, delight in, nurture, support, protect, mentor, cherish, listen, teach, encourage, instruct, comfort, bless their children and grandchildren, love and honor…

To fathers past and present we say, “Thank you!” 

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