Growing Up Spiritually (3of3) “…fathers…young men...children...” 1 John 2:13,14 Who are the “Fathers”? Rev. Leo Duites Warriors and Watchmen Conference FATHERS (v.13,14) Fathers are mature believers who have fully established a strong and intimate relationship with God because of their experiential knowledge of Him. Fathers know their boundaries and respect their limitations from the world and the influence of worldliness in their lives “…because you have known Him who is from the beginning.” 1 John 2:13 “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14 Fathers become mentors to “young” disciples “Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.” 1 Corinthians 4:15,16 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 Fathers live among believers and take part in the daily affairs of life They do not live secret lives. They follow their convictions in the place where God has brought them and they standout. Fathers live their Christian lives worthy of respect before believers and unbelievers alike “You are witnesses and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 Fathers esteem spiritual things over earthly things “By faith, Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26 Fathers walk selflessly and are not seeking the praise or approval of men “I care very little if I am judged by you and by any court; indeed I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 Fathers give greater sacrifices for the work of the Lord “The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin – but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.” Exodus 32:30-34 Fathers have endured the hardship and discipline of the Lord that is why they also discipline their spiritual sons to train them in holiness in order to produce righteousness and peace in their lives “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirit and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:7-11 End of Presentation Rev. Leo Duites Warriors and Watchmen Conference
"Who are the "Fathers"?"