Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Circles - The Model Father

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: Because He Lives
Memory Verse: 1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Lesson: The Model Father

Not every father is a model father … and not every family is a model family. This morning however, we are going to discover the Characteristics of a Model Father by looking at God. (Father referenced over 1500 times)

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle

First Principle: The Characteristics of a Model Father
Scripture Reference: Matthew 6:9-11 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Discussion Points:
A model father is deserving of respect (v.9)
A model father leads the family (v.10)
A model father provides for his family (v.11)

Conclusion: Jesus taught us how he approached His Father and what He expected from His Father. The Ten Commandments show us that our fathers are to occupy an honored position in our lives. Our respect for a father’s position might, at times, say less about our father than it does about how godly we are. Not every father is a model father but we should not use that as an excuse to be less than the model child.

                Pastor Ashley’s remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: The Characteristics of a Model Father
Scripture Reference: Matthew 6:12-13 12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Discussion Points:
A model father is forgiving (v.12)
A model father protects his family (v.13a)
A model father is forever (v.13b)

Conclusion: Jesus came to show us the model Father (John 1:18c) but He also came to show us the model Son. We, at some points in life, will fall into at least one and perhaps both of these roles. Our goal is to give honor to our fathers and if we are fathers to be honorable ourselves.

Pastor Ron’s closing remarks  (Ephesians 5:1)

John 1:18c tells us that Jesus came to declare or show us the Father. Not only did Jesus show us the perfect Father and His role but Jesus also showed us the perfect Son and His role as well. We all have a role model to follow – Father, Parent or Child …

Ephesians 5:1  Therefore be followers of God as dear children.

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse

·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by one of our Elders, John and Fronnie LeBlanc in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.