Not Many Fathers

Randy Bezet

June 19, 2022

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Not Many Fathers

June 19, 2022

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1 Cor 4:14-17 (NIV): "I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. {15} Even if you had ten thousand [teachers] in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. {17} For this reason I have sent to you Timothy my son, whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church."

Mal 4:6 (NIV): "He [the Messiah] will turn the hearts of the [Fathers] parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents [Fathers]; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction."

1. Allow God to Heal our Father Wound

Jer 6:14 (MS): "My people are broken—[wounded]!—and they put on Band-Aids, Saying, ‘It’s not so bad. You’ll be just fine.’ But things are not ‘just fine’!"

James 5:14–16 (NIV): "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."

2. Find a Father and be a Father

1 Pet 3:8-9 (NCV): "Finally, all of you should be in agreement, understanding each other, loving each other as family, being kind and humble…{9} because you yourselves were called to do this so that you might receive a blessing."

3. Relate to God as Father

Matthew 3:17 (NIV): “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Psalm 103:13 (NLT): "The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him."