Our Tuesday night Men’s Fraternity at First Central Baptist Church is working our way through Volume 6 of 33 The Series. This volume covers a man and his fatherhood. Here are the foundational principles for the first session which the rest of the volume will build on.
Five Foundational Truths of Fatherhood
1 – Family was God’s idea
Psalm 127:3–5 (ESV) Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
2 – Fatherhood is a God-given commission
Fathers are commanded to train up and discipline their children.
Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 29:17 (ESV) Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
Moses told parents to diligently teach the commands of the Lord to their sons and daughters.
Deuteronomy 6:4–9 (ESV) “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
3 – Fatherhood takes intentionality
Authentic Men: Reject the cultural norm of the detached dad; Accept the responsibility of this sacred commission; Lead their families courageously regardless of setbacks or confusion.
4 – Wise fathers focus on the heart
The heart is the wellspring of life
Proverbs 4:23 (ESV) Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Luke 6:45 (ESV) The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
5 – Wise fathers are grace-dependent
Authentic men recognize their own brokenness and need for forgiveness.
Romans 3:23 (ESV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Luke 7:47 (ESV) Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
33 The Series: Volume 6—A Man and His Fatherhood; Session One: Foundations