It’s often said that the way we view our birth fathers plays a large role in how we view our heavenly Father. As a result, many picture a God who is physically or emotionally distant. However, Scripture is filled with examples of God’s constant care, presence, and love for his children. His example shows that the greatest gift fathers can give to their families is being fully present in their lives.
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1 Corinthians 8:6, Psalm 68:5, Psalm 103:13
This Father’s Day, preach a sermon about God the Father. Discuss how all things come from Him, how we respond by living for Him, how He gives us compassion, and how He is a father to the fatherless. If you want to dig deeper, explain the concept of the Trinity and how we see God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit throughout Scripture.
Genesis and 1 Samuel
In your Father’s Day sermon, tell stories of fathers in the Bible and lessons we can learn from their lives. Talk about Noah and his faithfulness, bravery, and devotion; Abraham and his faith, obedience, and his role as a father of many nations; and David and his repentance, self-examination, and close walk with God. Each of these stories of Biblical fathers has lessons that fathers today can learn from.
Matthew 1 and other references
Or, instead of preaching about many Biblical fathers, preach specifically about Jesus’ earthly father. Speak about his care and protection of Mary, his obedience to follow God, and his righteousness and honesty. Try to help your congregation understand the historical and cultural context so they can relate to Joseph and his struggles.
Start the summer off with a movie sermon by preaching about a movie that’s popular among dads! In order to pick a movie (and take this idea to the next level), create polls on Facebook or Instagram where dads can vote on their favorite movies. Then, pick a movie based on the poll results, create a sermon that’s based on a topic in the movie, and use this as an opportunity to connect with dads.
Reach out to a dad (or two) from your congregation about being a guest speaker on Father’s Day. Ask them to share how fatherhood helped them grow closer to God, better understand God’s love, and develop a deeper walk with Christ. Or, ask them to talk about how God helped them become a godly father. Congregation members will connect with your guest speaker when they pull illustrations from their own life.
1 Timothy 6:11-21
Preach from Paul’s charge to Timothy about the actions of godly men. Urge them to “flee from [temptation and love of money], and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” Charge men (and everyone else listening) to put their hope in God and do good. Make sure you provide practical application steps. If you want to dig deeper, explore Paul’s mentorship of Timothy and how we can follow Paul’s example of teaching the next generation.
One of the famous fathers in Jesus’ parables is the father of the prodigal son. We hear many sermons about the sons in this story, but what about the father and his perspective? Preach a sermon about the father’s response to both sons and how people can learn and apply lessons from the story to their own lives.
If you can’t decide which topic to choose, combine a few of the topics above and preach about traits of a godly father. Incorporate examples from Biblical fathers, teach about God the Father and how he treats his children, and charge men of God to follow Paul’s teaching.