Santa Paula Church of Christ
SANTA PAULA CHURCH OF CHRIST (SPCC)
A GODLY FATHER
“6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord... 2 “Honor your father & mother”--which is the 1st commandment w/ a
promise. 3 “so that it may go well w/ you & you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training & instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:1-4).
Paul’s command to father’s is pointed. He tells dads not to “exasperate” their children, which means surrendering any right they may feel they have to act unreasonably toward their children. Instead, father are to train their children, as a coach trains an athlete, in the ways of the Lord.
A godly father always treats his children in a manner that befits their standing as children of God. A child who can see Christ working through his or her father [and mother] will be likely to cultivate a personal relationship with Christ.
If you’re a dad [or mother], do you do things that needlessly frustrate your children? Do you balance correction with affirmation and discipline with play? Do you let’s Christ’s love show through you to your children? (the above comments were taken from the Promise Keeper’s Men’s Study Bible, 1300). Below are my comments
In closing, I would like to suggest three things to start doing as the leader of your household. First, start a family fun night. Play a game, go out to eat, make it fun. Second, pray for patience. Yes, it is so easy to sabotage the fun once it starts. Finally, include food. There is nothing that pleases his family more than good food and good fellowship. Oh, start off your day by worshipping our Father in heaven.
The SPCC is located at 276 W. Santa Paula Street. Our services begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and 10:45 a.m. in English. Our also we have a Wednesday 6:30 PM Revelation Zoom Bible Study. Call us for the ID and password (805-525-3645). Also, we are hosting a Surf Camp on July 14 and 15. It is geared to 9th graders through 20 yrs. old’s. The Cost in $35.00 for overnight, $25.00 if you just wish to meet us at the beach. Our campsite is at 9104 Emma Woods Group Site south of the 101 Fwy. See website www.santapaulachurchofchrist.com for details.
Happy Father’s Day,
Dr. Robert Perez