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A Faithful Father

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1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (NIV)

10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

I.                   Introduction:

II.               A Father Should Set The Example For His Children

A.                 A Visual Example

1.                  Living Before God

2.                  Living Among Spectators

B.                 A Virtuous Example

1.                  Holy In His Character

2.                  Righteous In His Actions

3.                  Blameless In His Integrity

III.            A Father Should Seek To Motivate His Children

A.                 By His Encouragement: A Supportive Presence

B.                 By His Comfort: A Sensitive Presence

C.                 By His Urging: A Strong Presence

IV.             A Fathers Should Strive For Excellence In His Children

A.                 Children That Live Lives Worthy of God: A High Standard

B.                  Children That Live Out A Call From God: A Heavenly Goal

V.                Conclusion:

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