18 June 2017 - The Role of a Father - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes begins here:
Fathers are called to sacrifice, serve and lay aside their own desires.
Fathers are here to serve, not to be served. If anyone in the family needs to give in, it has to be the father.
Sometimes your children's 'love tank' will get low - let you as their father be the one to fill it.
When you have no love left of your own, still be the one to fill it.
A holiday with the family is really fathering - you have to juggle looking out for your children's safety and giving them your attention at the same time.
When your eyes are on the Lord, your fathering and performance as a husband will be better than usual.
She will feel guilty for treating you that way and find you so attractive.
Isaiah 40:30-31 - God promises that those who wait on Him will exchange their human strength for God's divine strength.
The root word of "wait" means "hope". To hope in the Lord.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31 NKJV)
Don't stay up late watching shows, cliffhanger after cliffhanger. You grow old very fast if you don't sleep enough.
It is important to discipline your children, if not they will grow up thinking that the world revolves around them if daddy and mummy always give in to them.
Your children need you to set boundaries for them.
Honor the leaders of our nation. There is an anointing in their office (position).
God promises that you will live long on the earth when you honor your parents.
Don't speak badly against your parents.
Give weight to their words.
Then things will go well with you.
Discipline your children so that they will live life.
We don't break their spirit but we break their will, like a horse. They will grow up well.
Luke 15:11-32 - In Luke 14, Jesus was a guest in a Pharisee's house and He saw people jostling for popularity and position. He didn't feel comfortable there.
Great multitudes followed Jesus for their own reasons.
But in Luke 15, sinners drew near to Him, seeing Jesus as Savior.
Jesus is comfortable with that and opens up His world to them.
In Luke 15, Jesus shares three parables: First, the Shepherd represents Jesus our Good Shepherd.
The number one picture of the Lord in the Old Testament is as a Shepherd.
The number two picture is a Woman, which represents the Holy Spirit -
The One who draws you and is gentle to you.
Feed and treat your hired servants well.
The Father saw his son from a long way off because he was scanning the horizon for his son every day.
The Father kissed his son unceasingly. Your son will grow up whole if he receives lots of proper affection as a child.
It's the ones that are treated strictly - no touching, no kissing, that you have to worry about.
The Father gave the order to kill the calf in their presence - drawing focus on the sacrifice: Jesus at the cross.
Some people don't want to talk about the cross but the Father deems it necessary.
The older brother represents the Jew. The Jews are ordained to be a light to the nations.
He also represents those who are self-righteous and who hate things like music and dancing.
He has a picture of an angry God. The Father was not angry though.
It is not our job to answer someone about the Bible and convince them about it. That will only drain us. Just preach the gospel.
Our job is to eat the fatted calf and it is God's job to teach and explain the person.
Murmuring is something that God hates. God likes it when you praise. When you praise you get more blessings!
Don't be a fault-finder, be a good-finder. Don't focus on the one bad thing when there's so many good things to be thankful for.
Be thankful for what you have! A blessed man doesn't focus on his lack.
A cursed man doesn't focus on the good that he has received from God.
It takes great skill to snatch defeat from the face of victory.
Because of self-righteousness many people don't see the good things that they have.
They keep looking and focusing on what other people have.
A lot of people would love to be in your position.
“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. ’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”” (Luke 15:11-32 NKJV)
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 - This is talking about older sons like 18 or 20+ years of age.
Eli the high priest had rebellious sons who were priests and he failed to chasten them.
This is in the Old Testament. The Old Testament (OT) son was showered with stones.
The New Testament (NT) son was showered with kisses.
The OT account ended with death, and the NT account ended with delight.
The OT account ended with a funeral, and the NT account ended with a feast.
Under Law, God is dealing with righteous judgment, but under Grace, God is dealing with the heart of righteous love.
““If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.” (Deuteronomy 21:18-21 NKJV)
The River Jordan is at the Dead Sea which is the lowest point of earth's surface.
Jesus was baptized there and the Father opened the heavens and affirmed Him.
In the lowest place of your child's life, you affirm him or her.
Mount Hermon is the highest place in Israel -
Jesus was transfigured there and the Father affirmed Him too.
At the highest place of your child's life, affirm him or her too.
In both the lowest and highest places of his or her life, affirm your child.
Stop postponing your enjoyment. Enjoy now while you're on the way to your destination.
Don't lose the ability to see good.
II Samuel 18:9 - The very pride that Absalom has, his hair, became his curse.
Jesus also hung between heaven and earth on the cross, as if not worthy of either heaven or earth.
He did that so that we could be worthy of both heavenly and earthly blessings.
“Then Absalom met the servants of David. Absalom rode on a mule. The mule went under the thick boughs of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between heaven and earth. And the mule which was under him went on.” (II Samuel 18:9 NKJV)
We need the Law to see its righteous demands so that we can appreciate how much God loves and blesses us now that we are under Grace.
The Law reveals the hand of God, whereas Grace reveals the heart of God.
The heart moves the hand, not the hand moves the heart.
Jesus' work at the cross gave God a righteous outlet to be Himself - to love us.
Deuteronomy 21:21-23 - Crucifixion is death while hanging on a tree.
“Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear. “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.” (Deuteronomy 21:21-23 NKJV)
Galatians 3:13-14 - This verse was quoted from Deuteronomy 21:23.
The blessing of Abraham is yours. Declare that, don't declare your lack.
The Gentiles (we were formerly Gentiles before being saved) are blessed so that we can provoke the Jews to jealousy and lead them back to God.
Stoning will produce blood also. Why did Jesus have to die by crucifixion? It is because Jesus became accursed for us by hanging on the cross, so that we can have the blessing of Abraham. Jesus redeemed us from the curse.
Stop thinking in a worldly manner. You have been redeemed from the curse! Focus on the good things in your life, not on your lack.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14 NKJV)
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