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Radio transcript for the week of November 15, 2009

Ricky Berger preaches on "Godly Fathers" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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And now a lesson titled: "Godly Fathers"

Throughout the Bible, God places a great emphasis on the home and conducting it in a way acceptable to Him. He especially gives a command to fathers in being the responsible leaders of the home. A father has the responsibility to provide for and protect his family. His greatest responsibility is to be the spiritual leader in the home. Not only should he live in a way to go to heaven, but he should also do all he can to influence his wife and children to do the same. In our lesson â??Godly Fathersâ? I would like to learn from four Old Testament men who were godly fathers and characteristics that made them this way.

Abraham was a godly father. Abraham had the ability to be a leader. God knew he would lead his family in the right direction (Genesis 18:19). Abraham was a great leader because he knew how and who to follow. When God told him to do something, he did it (Genesis 12:1-3; Hebrews 11:8-10).

Joshua was a godly father in his strength and dedication. Joshua had the task of following Moses, one of the greatest leaders Israel ever had. He learned from Moses and became a great leader of Israel (Joshua 1:7-9) and his family (Joshua 24:15). A strong leader must also be dedicated. Without dedication Joshua would have given up at the first struggle. His dedication caused him to be eager to begin his service early (Joshua 6:12).

Noah is a man that many people have heard about. It is well known that he was the builder of the ark. Some may not realize that his faithfulness to God not only saved himself, but his wife, three sons, and their wives. Noah was a godly father because he was obedient (Genesis 6:22; 7:5). When building the ark, he did so exactly as God commanded him (Genesis 6:14-16). Noah was a godly father because he desired to live righteously and taught this as well (2 Peter 2:5).

There is a lesser known man in the Bible named Manoah. Manoahâ??s son, Samson, is better known then he is. However, Judges 13:1-12 teaches that Manoah was a student. He wanted to learn and know for sure what God expected of him and his wife concerning their child Samson.

Men, my encouragement to you is to live godly. If you have children, be the godly father God expects you to be. Your greatest influence is the influence you have over your children.

What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • Godâ??s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lordâ??s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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