Having The Fatherheart Of God - A Fathers Day Sermon
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Having The Fatherheart Of God – A Fathers Day Sermon


A Father’s Day Sermon

This Father’s day I want to present to you as a model, the father’s heart of God. We will take our text from

Romans 8:15  

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Abba = “father” father, customary title used of God in prayer.

Whenever it occurs in the New Testament it has the Greek interpretation joined to it, that is apparently to be explained by the fact that the Chaldee “ABBA” through frequent use in prayer, gradually acquired the nature of a most sacred proper name, to which the Greek-speaking Jews added the name from their own tongue.

The use of the word “Sacred” gives the connotation of formality but it is meant to give the meaning of intimacy. It is the most heartfelt and closest term used for a father.

So when we see that God adopted us and in such a way that we cry out with the most intimate and closest term for father, it shows the type of father He really is and the type of father that we want to aspire to be.

This term is used in 3 places in the New Testament. The Romans 8 passage I shared above, and in Galatians 4:6 and Mark 14:36

God speaking to people

The Spirit of Adoption in the Father’s Heart of God

Think about for a second how God has adopted you as His child. You are not the red-headed stepchild. You have been given the same name and the same family tree as if you were His very flesh and blood.

Hebrews 2:11 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.

God is not distant or aloof. He is not unavailable or hard to come to. He has open arms extended to receive any of His children. This shows us that to be a good father with the father’s heart of God, we are to be open with our children and to extend our arms to them.

The confirmation of adoption as part of the Father’s heart

Galatians 4:1-6

New Living Translation (NLT)

Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. 2 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. 3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. 

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

Our Abba Father did not sit back and just let us figure it out on our own. He made the effort to establish a relationship.

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This shows that being a good father with the father’s heart of God means that you make time and seek out your children to keep the relationship alive with them. Just as God sought us out, we are to seek out our children.

The authority and responsibility of being a father.

Mark 14:36 Jesus when praying in the garden shows that His father had ultimate authority. He surrendered to His will.

This shows that a father has to do what is best for the kid even if the kid wants something different or does not always understand. Part of being a father that has the father’s heart of God is leading and directing.

Jesus Gave This Example of the Father’s Heart Towards Us.

Luke 15:11-32 New King James Version

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’

28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’

31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”

Your heavenly father is preparing for you a banqueting table out of His love for you. That is the father’s heart of God!

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.