Six Ways Fathers Pursue Christ In Their Fatherhood

6 Ways



1.  Fathers Pursuing Christ see their children as a blessing from God

Never give in to the notion that your children are anything but a blessing from God (Psalm 127:3-5; Genesis 1:28; 3:16; 4:1, 25).

2.  Fathers Pursuing Christ understand that their children are born with a bent toward evil

Children are born in total depravity (Romans 3:10-18; 5:12, 18 19; 8:7-8; Psalm 51:5; 58:3). All the potential for sin of every kind is already present in seed form in every child. Parental tolerance, passivity and lack of involvement will allow the seed to germinate (Proverbs 22:15).     

  • Legalism is not the answer
  • Behavior Modification is not the answer
  • Isolationism is not the answer (John 17:14-19)
  • Self-Esteem is not the answer
  • Regeneration is the answer (John 3:6-7; Romans 8:7-8)

    3.  Fathers Pursuing Christ believe the Gospel is the Good News for Children

    Leading your children to Jesus is a long-term, full-time duty given to parents (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:11, 18-20). Genuine faith is prompted by God’s work in the heart of a child (John 6:44-45) and assured by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:15-16). The essentials of the gospel are the following:

    4.  Fathers Pursuing Christ train their children to honor and obey

    This principle of obeying parents lays the foundation for every other principle about how we should treat our fellow human beings. (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2). It also lays the foundation for how one is to obey the Heavenly Father (Ephesians 6:4). Below are some steps of training children to obey:

    5.  Fathers Pursuing Christ practice and demonstrate submission (Ephesians 5:19-21)

    • Father submits to Christ
    • Family submits to father
    • Father submits to wife’s needs
    • Wife submits to Christ
    • Wife submits to the leadership of the husband as granted by God
    • Children submit to parent’s authority
    • Parents submit to children’s needs

    6.  Fathers Pursuing Christ love their wives (Ephesians 5:25 ff)

    Love is the summarizing duty of fathers. Leadership flows from love. Love is sacrificial (Ephesians 5:25; Acts 20:28; 1 John 3:16; John 15:13; 1 Peter 3:7). Love is purifying (Ephesians 5:25-27). Love is caring (Ephesians 5:28-31; Genesis 2:24). Love is Enduring (Ephesians 5:31; Matthew 19:6)

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    by Scott Thomas
    Acts 29 Network
    Used with permission from Scott Thomas, the director and Chairman of Acts 29 Network, a non-profit church planting organization of missional reformed churches.
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