Like most of my fellow Americans, I will be celebrating Father's Day this Sunday. In fact, this will be my first ever Father's Day sermon. Does this mean that I will spend more or less time in study and sermon preparation this week? Nah. Does it mean that I will bend and manipulate the Bible's text to fit the purpose of glorifying fathers and fatherhood? Nah. The whole bending the Word of God to fit our messages is kind of frowned upon.
“So,” you ask, “what will you be preaching on, then?” I will be preaching from the 22nd Chapter of the book of Genesis. Those within the church know this as “The Testing of Abraham.” It is this pastor's opinion that this passage of Scripture, more than any other, most accurately depicts what God expects of fathers. What are the details of this passage? What is it that God expects from fathers? Well...you don't really expect me to answer that here and now, do you?
I will reveal a bit more on Friday. To hear the entire message will require a visit to Wellington Church of the Nazarene at 10:30am this Sunday morning. I will, however, leave you with a small sampling...
I imagine that the following quote will find its way into the message in some way, shape, or form:
“A Child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.” - Austin L. Sorensen, author.
Pastor Damon Singleton
Wellington Church of the Nazarene
702 W. 8th St. Wellington