Sunday, June 28, 2020

Father’s Day Sunday Service 2020 Father’s Day - Our Father in Heaven Who Loves Us

Father’s Day Sunday Service 2020

Father’s Day - Our Father in Heaven Who Loves Us

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

House of Faith Church ||

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 Happy Father’s Day, dads!



Matthew 6:9
“This, then, is how you should pray:“‘Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…’



a. Some of the best-known words from scripture


b. If you asked the random person on the street to say the Lord’s prayer, most probably could say it in part if not completely


                                                        i. “Our Father which art in heaven...”


c. Many can quote this, yet, as it is with most quotes, saying it, understanding it, and living it are all different things.


                                                                               i. Whenever someone tries to impress with scripture quotes, and it is obvious they lack any understanding of what they are quoting, it’s good to remind them who else can quote scripture, Satan.


                                                                            ii. In fact, he could easily beat every single follower of Christ at Bible Trivia.


                                                                         iii. Quoting, saying it, understanding it and applying it (or living it) are all completely different.


                                                      iv. “Our Father in Heaven”, what an awesome thought!


                                                         v. What a privilege to be able to address the Creator of all things as “our Father”


                                                      vi. To think of ourselves as His children.


                                                   vii. Throughout the scriptures there are many places where God describes Himself in the terms of Fatherhood.


Psalm 68:5 - “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God...”

Psalm 103:13 - “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;”

Isaiah 63:16 - “You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”

Matthew 7:9-11 - Jesus said: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

John 20:17 - After He rose from the dead, Jesus told Mary to go to His disciples and tell them he was alive and he said, “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”




a. The glory of sons is their father - Proverbs 17:6

                                                                 i. There are word-pictures in the Bible that reveal something of God’s character. This morning I’d like us to look at three pictures of fatherhood from the Bible.


                                                              ii. Each shows us an aspect of our great heavenly father.


                                                           iii. The first is found in Genesis22, the picture of A willing Father, a wailing Father and a waiting Father.








a. The Story of Abraham and his son Isaac

                                                                 i. Abraham was WILLING, in his love and devotion to God, to be obedient even in sacrificing his own son. This was the boy God had promised him, and he had waited years for his wife Sarah to conceive him. And yet, at the word from God, he took his son up Mount Moriah with Isaac carrying the wood for the fire of his own sacrifice.

Not only do we have a willing father here, but evidently a willing son also. It’s very doubtful he was a little boy - he was most likely a youth or young man - certainly strong enough to carry the wood up a mountain! But he had spoken to his father, and they went together willingly. And Abraham stood on that mountain, no doubt with his vision blurred by the tears streaming down his face, and he raised the knife to sacrifice his beloved son. And at the last possible moment, when Abraham revealed (not to God who knows everything, but to himself) he was obedient, even unto death, the Angel of the Lord called to him to stop.


                                                              ii. Those of us who are fathers here today can only marvel at this total obedience and faith. What a test!


                                                           iii. Another reason God did this, besides revealing to Abraham his willingness to be obedient unto death, was a foreshadowing.


1. Like Isaac, Jesus was a promise of God

2. Like Isaac, Jesus would was to be sacrificed

3. Like Isaac carried the wood of his sacrifice, so Jesus carried His cross

4. But unlike Isaac being spared, Jesus was sacrificed so that we, the children of the Lord, would be spared from the debt of our sin.



b. God, likewise, is the willing father

                                                                 i. In His love and devotion to US, He was prepared to give up His own son. His Son Jesus was willing and obedient, and carried His own cross up on a mountainside - a hill called Calvary - to give His life in atoning sacrifice.

However, while Abraham was given a reprieve - because it was a test - there was no such reprieve for Jesus; it was no mere test! WE were in the balance. God went all the way and gave His son.


                                                              ii.  You see Romans says“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”, and therefore, without atonement, we are all guilty and face condemnation. But Christ’s atonement gives us the reprieve from what we are truly due.



c. Adam and Eve rebelled against God

                                                                 i. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God it cut the entire human race off from God. Right to this present day, man has continued in sin. And the Bible says that “the wages of (our) sin is death.”


                                                              ii. The wages of our sin is everlasting death, the second death we speak of in Revelation.

When God gave up His only Son to death, He was dying in our place. Providing a substitute sacrifice, so that whoever believes in Him, trusting Him to be their Savior can be forgiven and come back into right relationship with God. Our heavenly Father was WILLING, in love and devotion, to give His Son.

A WILLING Father. A father willing to die in place of his child.


                                                           iii. A WILLING father, a real man... unlike a lot of the “so-called” men today who abandon their children.


                                                                           iv. Some father’s today abandon their children, leaving them to raise themselves.


1. Out of 27 of the deadliest mass shooters, 26 came from fatherless homes.


2. These also come from fatherless homes…


a. 63% of youth suicides

b. 90% of runaways

c. 85% behavioral disorders

d. 71% of high School Dropouts

e. 70% Juvenile Detainees

f. 75% of Substance Abusers


3. In 2014 17.4 million children in the U.S. lived in fatherless



4. In 2018 that number has grown nearly 4% to over 18 million!


5. In 2020, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.7 million children, more than 1 in 4, live without a father in the home. Consequently, there is a father factor in nearly all social ills facing America today.


6. In 10 years This number could be 23 ½ million children, or more!


7. Fatherless children have….


a. 4x greater risk of poverty

b. 7x more likely to become pregnant as a teen

c. 2x greater risk of infant mortality

d. More likely to go to prison

e. More likely to commit a crime

f. More likely to use drugs and alcohol

g. 2x more likely to suffer obesity


8. Why is the traditional biblical family so important?

a. I think these statistics are evidence of why God made us male and female, each with our own part and role to play in a family, that cannot fully be replaced or substituted by the opposite sex, or with absence.


b. If fathers were not necessary, we would not see these statistics.


c. Just as I preached for the irreplaceable need for a mother in the home, I preach the same about the father.


d. 2 mothers will not work, two fathers are just as insufficient


e. There is a reason and purpose to God’s plan.


                                                               v. The second picture I’d like you to see of God’s character as our Father in heaven is found in 2 Samuel18. It’s the story of ...



a. The Story of King David’s son Absalom


                                         i. This is the story of when King David’s son Absalom had plotted treason against his own father. He raised an army and sought to bring about a military coup to take his father’s throne.


                                      ii. David’s loyal soldiers, under General Joab’s command, went out to stop them in battle. And they did, and in the fighting Absalom himself was killed. And the news was brought back to David, that his son was dead.


b. 2 Samuel 18:24-33

                                         i.  Here is David heartbroken over the death of his son, Absalom.

Absalom had not been a faithful son. He dealt treacherously with his father! He sought to overthrow him from the throne.

But David perhaps remembers the little boy he had bounced on his knee, the youth he had watched grow before him into manhood. Parents always seeing their children as children, no matter their age.


                                         ii. It was his flesh and blood. True fathers do not stop loving their children. David LOVED Absalom. At the news of his death, David’s heart was torn.

Here is a picture of God, the God who takes NO delight in the destruction of the wicked.


                                      iii. He loves us. Like Absalom, we too have turned our back on our Father in heaven, and gone our own way, and so many refuse to return, even after His willingness to give up His son for us - but God still remembers how it SHOULD have been / COULD have been. He knows the plans He has for us; the relationship He wants with us. And God’s heart is broken over the lost and rebellious.

There’s a glimpse of this in Jesus’ words over Jerusalem.


                                       iv. The refrain sounds very much like David’s words over Absalom: “O my son Absalom; my son, my son Absalom”.


                                          v. Jesus said: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!” Israel would not receive Jesus, and in rejecting Him they were rejecting God.

Jesus’ heart was broken. God our heavenly father’s heart is broken by people who live without Him.

Our God is a holy God. He cannot look on sin condoningly.


                                          vi. His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts. There is no fragment of sin in His perfect nature. God loves you with a committed and everlasting love - a love more real and powerful than any other you have ever known - but do not mistake that God will sweep our sin under the carpet and overlook it.


                                       vii. He cannot deny Himself. God’s HOLINESS - His justice - means that He WILL banish people to hell, because although His love us unwavering, so is His righteousness!


                                       viii. The Bible is very clear about that.


                                             ix. But He will not do so gladly, but mournfully, with a breaking heart.


                                                x. For it is not God rejecting mankind, rather, mankind’s rejection of God and the sacrifice He was willing to give to offer a reprieve from punishment for the lost and rebellious whom He loves dearly.



c. Not Willing that ANY should perish


                                                  i. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”


1. It IS NOT God’s Will that any should perish or die a second death


2 Samuel 14:14 says “For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.”


                                               ii. God DEVISES MEANS - He goes to extraordinary lengths and works extravagant plans - so that people can be saved.


1. No one will end up in hell by accident...they will have to work for it by rejecting every effort of God during their life.


                                            iii. God sent prophets to prepare the way, He fashioned history to prepare a time, and then “when the fullness of the time had come”


                                                iv. He sent His only Son to live and die for us that we the banished ones may not be expelled from Him.


                                                v. Having done all this, do you think He won’t be heartbroken when people keep living without Him, lost in sin, rejecting and rebelling against their Father in heaven? It breaks His heart.

                                                vi. The third and final picture is found in Luke 15. The story of ...


V.                   A WAITING FATHER

Do you remember this very famous story that Jesus told?

[The story of the prodigal son ... “A man had two sons...”]

One of his sons walked away from his father’s house.


a. Following his rebellious ways.

The WAITING father is out in the fields - WAITING - LONGING - HOPING – LOOKING, and I am sure, praying.

When the prodigal returns - even when he is still afar off - the father RUNS to embrace, welcome and restore him.



Take just ONE step toward your Father God today, and He will run to you with arms open wide to embrace, welcome and restore YOU.


Give you a place in His household.


Dress you in the privileges of son-ship / daughterhood.


He loves you! He’s a God of grace. He’s the WAITING Father.



What’s your response to the waiting Father today?


Will you come home?


Will you cast yourself on His great mercy today,


and say: “Father, I’ve sinned. I’m not worthy to be called your son. But I believe you willingly gave up your Son Jesus to die my death penalty.


I believe you gave all in heaven to keep me out of hell - to have me home. And I will not ignore that sacrifice. Forgive me.”

When God hears that simple prayer of trust in Jesus, you’re going to find the waiting Father will receive you.


He’ll take you as His own son or daughter. And you’ll live with Him forever. He will be your Father and you will be His child!

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