Biblical Fatherhood

On June 20 this country will celebrate Father’s Day. This is a time to honor our dads and all they have done for us. It is also a great time for dads to think about what it means to be a godly father.

When Paul addresses the church at Ephesus about the importance of instructing children in the Scriptures, he zeros in on the fathers, expecting them to take the lead. He writes, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Now, of course, Paul would not say that this task of bringing up children is only the father’s responsibility. It’s the mom’s job too. But the fact that Paul singles out the fathers, means that, dads, when it comes to bringing up God-fearing children, the primary responsibility rests on our shoulders. In light of this, I would like to make a few suggestions that might help us be faithful in bringing our children up in this way:

  1. Make sure you are being disciplined and instructed before you try to discipline and instruct your children. The example we set for our children will either reinforce the discipline and instruction we give them, or it will negate it. Let’s not be hypocrites.
  2. Bring your family to church faithfully. While the primary responsibility of training your children to be godly rests on your shoulders, your church is a vital part of the God-given context in which your children are to grow in godliness. Let them be consistently under the teaching of the pastor and leaders of your church. Let them be around elderly people who have served Jesus faithfully for decades. Let them see a congregation sing the great hymns of the faith. Let them be in this context and you can be sure that this will go a long way in helping you bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  3. Read the Bible with your children before they go to sleep (or at some time during the day). Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17); so read them the Scriptures, and watch their faith grow!

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Grant

(To download a copy of the BFBC June newsletter of which this post was a part, click here.)


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We are a small rural church in Indiana that wants to impact its community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

One Response to Biblical Fatherhood

  1. Betty Thomason says:

    This is so good. God’s blessings.

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