Godly Fathers

Sunday, November 15 2009 @ 05:00 AM CST

Contributed by: Ricky

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.

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