||The Legacy of a Godly Dad
A sage piece of advice is as follows: Live so that your son, when people tell him that he reminds them of you, will stick out his chest, not his tongue! On this Father’s Day, we examine the blueprint the Lord gave to His people after their deliverance from bondage. For God’s redeemed people, this was a reset—a chance for families and especially fathers to rightly arrange their priorities so that future generations might enjoy the benefits. Let’s ponder three directives to make a positive impact.
Connect Group Guide: June 20, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Legacy of a Godly Dad”
Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
A sage piece of advice is as follows: Live so that your son, when people tell him that he reminds them of you, will stick out his chest, not his tongue! On this Father’s Day, we examine the blueprint the Lord gave to His people after their deliverance from bondage. For God’s redeemed people, this was a reset—a chance for families and especially fathers to rightly arrange their priorities so that future generations might enjoy the benefits. Let’s ponder three directives to make a positive impact: love your God personally; learn the truth inwardly; lead your kids diligently.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” —Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Talk about It
- Discuss how your dad shaped and influenced your view of life and your view of God.
- If you are a father, how are you building up your spiritual life? Discuss ways men can get deeper spiritual roots in truth.
- Discuss how you can honor a parent as an adult.
- Share examples of how you’ve experienced God as your heavenly Father.
“If you build a house without a blueprint, you’ll end up with a crooked house. God’s Word is the blueprint to show us how to build our lives straight.” —Pastor SkipMake It Practical
- Pick up the phone, send a text, or make a visit. Comfort someone with the same comfort you’ve been comforted with. Since you and I reflect God’s own character and nature, He chooses His children to comfort people when they need it most. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. As you consider how God has comforted you, ask His Holy Spirit to reveal who in your life this week can experience God’s comfort through you and take the step to reach out.
- Let God comfort you. This week, read, write, and pray. Read one of these seven passages each day: Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14; 71:6; Genesis 1:27; Acts 17:26-28; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Ephesians 1:11-12. Write down the passage. Pray out loud honestly and thank God that He’s made you His child.
- Be a dad. The psalm writer said of God that he is a “father of the fatherless.” Read Psalm 68:5. Whether you have or don’t have a child, you can take up the position of a father to those in your life who need one. Since Jesus made us family, be the family others need. Read Matthew 12:46-50; Romans 8:14-17; Romans 9:25-26.
- Pray for the men in your life to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength.
- Pray for those in your life who need healing from the hurt or absence of their father.
- When covering aspects of the family unit in a discussion, not everyone in your group may be able to relate to others in the group. Be aware and considerate of those in your group who may have a difficult time relating God to an earthly father. Gently rally the group around them if this is a tender subject.
- If discussing your own experience with your father is tough for you, pray and ask the Lord to strengthen you to lead by example in sharing and accepting comfort. If He has redeemed how you relate Him to a father, share that as well.
- Love Your God Personally (vv. 4-5)
- Learn the Truth Inwardly (v. 6)
- Lead Your Kids Diligently (vv. 7-9)
Topic: Father's Day
Keywords: children, dads, family, fatherhood, fathers, heavenly Father, home, kids, parenting