Sunday, June 15, 2014

“Point Man” Fathering

Deuteronomy 6:4-7
The "Point Man" in the military is a soldier who walks at the front of an infantry patrol in combat seeking the right path and leading the team.  Today, we need “Point Man” fathering to meet the challenges of our world in the lives of our families.

The sacredness and dignity of fatherhood is under attack in our world. 

I.     Point Man Fathers Emphasize Heart Over Head  Deuteronomy 6:6

The only parenting that makes godly men out of boys and godly women out of girls is intentional parenting.

The education of your children must be second to the building of character.

Point Man Fathers don’t leave the value system of their child to the world.    

·      Point Man Fathers have a keen sense of awareness of the dangers, are discerning of the things around his family, are prevention oriented and proactive to protect.

II.     Point Man Fathers Emphasize Presence Over Provision  Deuteronomy 6:7

Point Man Fathering must be relational.
The people who have the most influence on children are the people they spend time with.
Fathers should relate to their children as teacher, counselor and coach.
  • Point Man Fathers are relational and not dictatorial, seek to influence and not control their children and value time with their children over things for their children.

III.     Point Man Fathers Emphasize Their Walk Over Their Words.  Colossians 3:21

It is not our failure as parents that hurts our children as much as hypocrisy.
Children need to know how to overcome weaknesses and not make excuses.  

  • On Point Fathers know the difference in discipline and criticism; how to be tough but compassionate.
  • On Point Fathers seek to be understanding not critical; to be consistent, faithful and dependable.

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