Ingleside Notes

The Father Factor: Why Dads Are Essential to Healthy Family Formation

June 21, 2020 / Tim McCoy, Lead Pastor

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, June 21, Hebrews 5
  • Monday, June 22, Hebrews 6
  • Tuesday, June 23, Hebrews 7
  • Wednesday, June 24, Hebrews 8
  • Thursday, June 25, Hebrews 9
  • Friday, June 26, Hebrews 10
  • Saturday, June 27, Hebrews 11

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Both and are essential to healthy family formation.

27  So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, …
(Genesis 1:27-28a, ESV; Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6)

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12, ESV; Matthew 15:4-6; Mark 7:9-13; Ephesians 6:2-3; 1 Timothy 5:4)

  • Decline in commitment

In a Father’s Day speech in Chicago while running for president in 2008, then candidate Barack Obama said:

“If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that . . . too many fathers [are] missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. . . . We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit a crime; nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.” (Cited by Heather MacDonald, The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, Encounter Books: 2016, p. 135)

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7. Fathers are essential to development.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4, ESV)

Heavenly Father,

I need you. Please help me. I am willing to turn from my sin in repentance. By faith, I receive Jesus, your Son, as my Savior, and I will confess and follow him as my Lord. Please teach me, lead me, and show me how to live in a way that pleases you. I want to live for your glory. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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