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					    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

				
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