You Can Be a Godly Father

You Can Be a Godly Father

 

The father is the source of the family. He is the wellspring that provides a sense of well-being. A father is intended to be God’s representative in the family. In this role, he has certain responsibilities. These are spelled out in three Biblical roles He is to fulfill.

 

  • A Father is a priest who represents the family to God
    • A father carries his family to God in prayer (Job 1:5)
    • A Father believe God for his family.
      • The father has a unique standing for the family before God and against the Enemy.
      • The principle is seen repeatedly in Scripture.
        • Mark 9:23-24 (ESV) ~ And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
      • A father establishes the home’s salvation.
        • In Scripture, salvation affected the whole family
          • Joshua 24:15 (ESV) ~ And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
          • John 4:53 (ESV) ~ The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.
        • In Scripture, a father’s righteousness covered the family with protection.
          • Genesis 6:8-9 (ESV) ~ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
        • A Father serves as a prophet to his family
          • He represents God to those who are under his care.
          • He hears from God on behalf of the family.
            • Hebrews 11:7 (ESV) ~ By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
          • He speaks God’s Word to his family.
          • His first responsibility is to teach God’s Word with his own direction and God-consciousness.
          • He sets the example of godliness in the home.
            • Ephesians 6:4 (ESV) ~ Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
          • A Father serves as a king to the family.
            • The role of king rightfully follows that of priest and prophet. This is a rightful progression, because once a man has become his family’s true priest and prophet, he can be the king. When a man accepts this responsibility, God will back him with an authority in the home that rules with wisdom and love… and is honored.
            • The father is to manage, oversee and rule on behalf of God.
            • The father’s role is one of accountability and responsibility.
              • Genesis 18:19 (ESV) ~ For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.

 

 

You may not have grown up with a righteous father, you may not have acted in your past as a righteous father, but God wants to turn that around. He wants you to know that you can and have been delivered from the curse of unrighteousness, and that you can forgive you father and yourself, and begin your own godly line today. You can be the Biblical Godly Father in your family starting right now.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

 

The word “SUDDENLY” appears 87 times in the Bible.

                                              

Acts 2:1-4 ~ When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

The Day of Pentecost was one of the most phenomenal and important events in all of history. There are several reasons why the event was so important:

  • It was “the coming of the Holy Spirit.”
  • It was the birth of the church
  • It was the corporate filling of the Holy Spirit, of the body of believers with the promised presence of Christ
  • It was the personal filling of the individual believer by the Holy Spirit
  • It was the Presence and Power of God coming upon believers, gifting and equipping them to proclaim the glorious message of salvation to men

 

Pentecost was a glorious day of celebration, a day when the people were to heap praise and thanksgiving upon God. Why? The harvest of the fields, the exodus, and the giving of the law upon Mt. Sinai.

 

Notice the parallel of what they were thankful for and what we celebrate as Pentecost Sunday:

  • When “Pentecost was fully come” the first fruits were born – the church itself and the first harvest of souls. The new beginning, that is, the filling of the Holy Spirit, began fifty days after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit had a very specific purpose. The Holy Spirit was to live and work within the heart of man, to deliver and free him from the enslavements of this world – from sin, death and hell. The Holy Spirit came to set man at liberty even as God had delivered the Jews out of Egyptian slavery.
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit was two things:
    • It was the birth of the church, the new people of God. People who truly came to God were now to be sealed and known by the presence of the Holy Spirit, by His very presence within their hearts and lives.

 

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (ESV) ~ And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

 
  • It was the institution of the new law, the new rule and principle of God. Man is now to be guided by the Spirit who empowers him to live right and to serve Christ.

 

John 16:13 (ESV) ~ When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) ~ The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

 

 

Obedience ~ Man was obeying God. The believers where in “one place” in the city of Jerusalem precisely where Christ told them to go and wait upon the coming of the Holy Spirit. They were obedient – obedient despite the great danger the Jerusalem authorities posed to them. One thing is absolutely essential if a believer wants to receive from the fulness of God’s Spirit: obedience.

 

Unity ~ There was the spirit of being in one accord, the same mind or spirit, oneness of mind and heart. It means to be one in spirit and purpose. The believers, all 120 of them, were of the same spirit and mind. The idea is they were after the same thing, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They were focusing and concentrating their thoughts and energy upon seeking God for the promise of His Spirit. One Accord:

  • One Accord in prayer (Acts 1:14; 4:24)
  • One Accord in one place (Acts 2:1)
  • One Accord in daily worship and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:46; 5:12)
  • One Accord in obedience (Acts 8:6)
  • One Accord in a business meeting (Acts 15:25)
  • One Accord is needed to glorify God (Romans 15:6)

 

Suddenly ~ The Holy Spirit suddenly, abruptly, unexpectedly, abrupt happening, something that jolts and startles a person. God was dramatizing the supernatural and precious significance of the event.
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert


Prior to Pentecost

Prior to Pentecost

 

Luke 24:49-53 (ESV) ~ And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

  • The believer was to be equipped for witnessing.
    • He was to receive the promise of the Father
    • He was to receive power, being clothed with power
  • The source of the spirit and power was God.
    • Christ was to send the promise
    • The promise was of the Father. God gave the promise
    • Believer had to tarry, that is, wait upon the Lord and pray for the promise.
    • The promise was to come from “on high”. God Himself was the Source of power for all evangelism.

 

 

John 14:25-26 (ESV) ~ These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

 

  • The Holy Spirit is the Teacher. He teaches “all things” which Jesus taught. “All things” means all the things which Jesus taught including the presence of the Comforter (Holy Spirit), who is given to help the believer through the trials of life, and the indwelling presence and love of the Father and Son.
  • However, a crucial point must be heeded. The Comforter comes only from the Father “in the name” of Jesus.
  • The purpose of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life is twofold.
    • To teach all things: both the words and the life of Christ, both the Truth and the Life, both the Word and how to live, both the theory and the practice, both the principles and the conduct, both the morality and the behavior.
    • To help remember: to help remember all that has been taught in the Word of God, to help especially in the moments of trial when the truth is needed. In a moment of trial the Holy Spirit either infuses the believer with the strength to endure or flashes across his mind the way to escape (cp. 1 Cor. 10:13).

 

 

John 16:7-11 (ESV) ~ Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert