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Father's Day Message - Hebrews 12-1-3 (Sermon)

Father's Day Message - Hebrews 12-1-3 (Sermon)

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Drawing from Hebrews 12:1-3, this sermon encourages fathers by telling them it is possible to model godly discipleship for their children, which is their most important responsibility as fathers.
Drawing from Hebrews 12:1-3, this sermon encourages fathers by telling them it is possible to model godly discipleship for their children, which is their most important responsibility as fathers.

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Fathers DayHebrews 12:1-3Fatherhood is a solemn trust. The fact that every father naturally feels an incrediblejoy and responsibility when they first meet their child tells us that the role of thefather is from God.God intends fathers to provide for and to protect their children, but there is muchmore to being a father. We are to train and instruct their children in the way of theLord. We are to set them on the right path and lead them until it is time for them tomake their own decisions.Fathers: More than any physical provision, protection, or opportunities, the most important thing you can do for your children is to teach and model godliness. Yourchildren need to see you choose to obey God in good times and bad times. They needto see what it means to be a disciple of Christ.There is a saying: To the world, you may be nobody; but to somebody, you are theworld.My message today is not about how important the role of a father is, but rathersome biblical encouragement and advice on how we can pass on a good example of discipleship to our children. Remember, this is the most important thing you can dofor your children.Lets read Hebrews 12:1-3:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and  perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning itsshame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
There are times when I feel that I cannot do everything God has called me to do.Thats why we need Gods word to hang on to. These verses tell me:1.
 
I am not alone. Many people have accomplished incredible things bycooperating with what God was doing in their lives.2.
 
I have a game plan for getting on track with God.3.
 
I have a model to follow in Jesus.4.
 
I have God with me, helping me at every point to do what He has called me todo.Brothers, we all need to remember and treasure verses such as these because ourfaith rests on them. Often we are buffeted by our emotionswe
feel
that we cannot be a good father or do what God has called us to. However, that is just our feelings.
 
We do not walk by our feelings, but by faith in what God has done and promised.And, how do we know those things? Because He has revealed them to us in Hisword!Lets take a close look at what God promises here 
We have those who have gone before
v. 1a
 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses 
Hebrews 11 is called The Hall of Faith because it reminds us of all the heroes of thefaith from the Old Testament who accomplished incredible things by cooperatingwith what God was doing in their lives. It is good for us to study the example of those who have gone before us and set a good example. They are like oursupporters, cheering us on as we run the race.Fathers, I encourage you to read the memoirs of George Mueller. This will give yougreater faith that God will provide for every need. There are many other wonderfulexamples of Christians that we can learn from. Another that I love deeply is CorrieTen Boom. Or John Sung, Eric Liddell, Hudson Taylorthat is just the beginning!These people were not superheroes. They were normal human beings like you andme. Teach your children about the men and women who have set an example for us.Give them a different type of role model and celebrity to admire!
We have a game plan
v. 1b
 
 let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
The second thing this verse tells me is that I have concrete steps to take as a discipleof Christ. First, I need to throw off things that hinder. These are not bad things, but simply things that keep me from running well. Remember Jesus parable of the fourtypes of soil? The seed that fell on thorny ground was eventually choked out becauseof the cares and worries of this life. We need to be wise and listen to the Holy Spirit about what is permissible and what is beneficial. Paul said everything is permissible,but not everything is beneficial.The second step I need to take is to throw off sin. Sin is deceptive. It tells you that you can get in and out with no consequences. That is a lie! You need to viciouslyuproot sin in your life. Dont just trim it back. Yes, it feels impossible, and it is withyou alonebut with God, all things are possible!Finally, we need to run the race with perseverance. One thing that I learned from myfather is an example of perseverance. He is a faithful man. He is faithful to his familyand his church, and no matter the difficulties, we were always at church on Sunday

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