If you’re going to be a dad in our society, given the way that the surrounding culture works, you need to see fatherhood for what it is. It’s challenging. There’s just no way around that. But it is also a heroic and noble endeavour. It is a call for the very best that you have to give it. It’s not a hobby. It will call for your best intelligence and for your finest judgment and for your heart. It will change people’s lives.
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-7. To help get a good understanding of the passage, try to describe what is happening or being said in your own words. Take a moment to reflect and note down what stands out as important, significant or meaningful to you. What does this passage tell us about God? What does this passage tell us about people? How does this passage change how we live?
Guest Speaker: John Anderson
1. What does the biblical image of God the Father evoke in you? Discuss.
2. Read Deuteronomy 6:1-7. What biblical role do fathers (and mothers) have to play in the family and in the lives of their children?
3. How does our culture portray modern fathers? Give some examples.
4. What can be the impact of an absent father on a family?
5. Read Ephesians 6:1-4. According to this verse, why should we honor our mother and father? How does this impact upon me?
6. Fathers leave a legacy in their children, that can have both positive and negative elements.
a. What is something that you can give thanks for from your father?
b. What is something that you would you like to leave at the foot of the cross, that came from your father?
Take time together right now to pray with and for each other. Ask what people’s key needs in life right now in their families are. Then ask God to prompt you, speak to you, give you a Scripture or prophetic picture as you pray. Take a moment to share what you feel God might be saying. This can be a tremendous time of comfort and encouragement.