Sunday, June 19, 2022

Father’s Day - 2022 Fathers: The Real Superheroes

Father’s Day - 2022

Fathers: The Real Superheroes

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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INTRODUCTION

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Today we look at fathers and honor them and their position in the family. Whether you had a father, stepfather, grandfather, today is the day we thank God for provision and family!

 

Kids generally see their fathers as superheroes. Able to fix anything, make anything, do anything that needs to be done.

 

Today we look at fathers as the real superheroes in the world.

           

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

 

 

TODAY’S MESSAGE

 

I.       GUYS DESIRE TO BE HEROES

a.      We know this from the stories that have been told through time

                                                 i.      Fables and mythology

1.      Stories of morality and father’s fighting against all odds

2.      Aesop’s Fables, Clash of the Titans, The Odyssey

 

                                              ii.      Music and poems

1.      Of heroic travels and love, defending their true love

2.      Many classical operas were about heroes

 

                                           iii.      Novels and magazines

1.      Of men overcoming all odds, 100 against 1

2.      Comics evolved from these

 

                                            iv.      Movies and video games

1.      In modern times, one guy can take out an army of evil doers

2.      This is why so many young men are drawn to video games, where they can be the hero who overcomes all odds.

 

 

b.     It is in a guy’s nature to be a hero, save the day, protect the weak

                                                 i.      Avengers grossed $2.79 billion dollars in 2019

 

                                              ii.      The top 12 superhero movies grossed between 1-2 billion each!

1.      All of them were Marvel except the DC at the bottom of the grossing list, just saying.

 

                                           iii.      In 1987 Superman IV made $36.7 million (almost $100 million in today’s currency)

 

                                            iv.      Why? Because people want to be heroes, we all have a deep desire to be powerful enough to put an end to evil.

 

 

c.      Well, most anyway

                                                 i.      We can’t say all because if that were true there would be no bad guys to fight

                                              ii.      But for the most part, we want to save the day

 

 

II.   SCRIPTURE TELLS US ABOUT THESE THINGS

a.      About being a great man

                                                 i.      Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. - I Corinthians 16:13-14

                                              ii.      Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, - Titus 2:7

 

                                           iii.      When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. – Corinthians 13:11

 

                                            iv.      Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24

 

 

b.     About being a husband

                                                 i.      Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. – Ephesians 5:25-28

 

                                              ii.      You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker (gentler), since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. – I Peter 3:7

 

                                           iii.      Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. – Colossians 3:19

 

 

c.      About being a father

                                                 i.      “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4

 

                                              ii.      There are many scriptures about being a father, a husband, a man

                                           iii.      What if I told you today, that you COULD be a superhero?

                                            iv.      A real, evil fighting superhero

 

ILLUSTRATION

 What if I told you that you had the power to fight crime, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, stop mass shootings, stop suicides, save runaways?

 Do you know what

 

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

g. And 26 of the 27 deadliest mass shootings have in common?

 

These are all statistics from fatherless homes

 

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.

 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

 In 2022

 ·        7 million American dads were absent from the life of their children

·        Divorce is one of the leading causes of fatherless homes

·        17.4 million children lived in fatherless homes (making them vulnerable to the mentioned evils)

 So how can you be a real-life superhero and fight these evils?

 By being a godly man, a godly husband and a godly father.

 

 

III.            STATISTICS DO NOT LIE

a.      God knows the troubles and risks to children

                                                 i.      Therefore, God instructs men on how to be men, husbands, and fathers

 

b.     These evils (statistics/facts) are only primary data

                                                 i.      Secondary data goes even deeper into the mental health issues, emotional issues, relational issues, etc.

 

c.      But men can stand up, and be the heroes the world needs

                                                 i.      Be a good biblical man

1.      The good man brings out of his treasure what is good – Matthew 12:25

2.      A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again – Proverbs 24:16

3.      A good man leaves an inheritance to his children – Proverbs 13:22

4.      A good man will gain favor from the Lord – Proverbs 12:2

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

            The mark of a real superhero man, husband and father is this

 

Be your child’s “first teacher” Proverbs 22:6

 

Exemplify a good life 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

 

Provide for your family I Timothy 5:8

 

Discipline your children Proverbs 13:24

 

Spend time with your children Deuteronomy 6:6-9

 

Be doers of the word James 1:22

 

Never give up on your kids Luke 15:20-24

 

You can be superheroes and when you get that coffee cup, hat or tee-shirt that says “worlds greatest dad”, it will be true because you put God and His Holy Word first so everything else could fall into place and be blessed.

 

 

So, what can we “do” to help in all of this?

 

Everything I spoke of on this Father’s Day is exactly why The House of Faith Church will be working closely with the Ministerial Association in developing and putting into action free workshops for

 ·        Family God’s Way

·        Pre-marital counsel

·        Marriage enrichment

 And many more.

 I am working closely with Stewart Carver and this is just the beginning of many great things that will be taking place in our county because of the ministerial association in cooperation with local churches taking a stand.

 

With that, Happy Father’s Day to all!

 

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