Our Sunday service this week has its focus on Father’s Day. With preaching from Alan Cole and our (virtual) service led by Beverley Sills.
Every time that we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we call God our Father. But what do we actually know about Him and how far can human fatherhood be modelled on God?
1. God makes Himself known to us.
He does this through His creation, through our inherent sense of right and wrong, through the Bible and above all, through Jesus. Yet many ignore all the evidence and deny His existence.
Psalm 19:1; Hebrews 1:10; 2 Corinthians 4:4.
2. God is a creator.
He has created the universe and mankind in His own image. He also creates new life in the Christian as we are born again.
Hebrews 1:2; Genesis 1:27; 2 Corinthians 5:17.
3. God is a sustainer and provider.
He provides the conditions for the farmer to grow food, but He also gives the Christian spiritual sustenance and teaches us how to live our lives.
4. God protects His children from harm.
God protects us in dangerous and testing times. he is always with us.
Psalm 23; Psalm 121; 1 Corinthians 10:13.
5. God disciplines His children. One of a father’s tasks is to act as a role model for his children. This also involves loving discipline so that they may grow up as honest upright citizens of as strong Christians. Discipline may be painful at the time but is appreciated later on.
Proverbs 22:6; Hebrews 12:3-11.
Sermon Title: What does it mean when we call God “Our Father”?
Bible Reading: Psalm 121
Preacher: Alan Cole
Worship Leader: Beverley Sills