The Fatherhood of God

Sun, Nov 08, 2015
Duration:49 mins
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:4-7 ESV) The Fatherhood of God is basic Christian teaching. It's fundamental. In fact, the 19th century so closely associated it with the message of the whole Bible, they felt they could reduce its teaching to two ideas--the brotherhood of mankind and the universal Fatherhood of God. While it might be a bit of an oversimplification, it points to the idea that addressing God as Father is fundamental. But it might be new to you to realize that before the New Testament, this idea was faint, if not completely absent. And, I'm guessing that while we use it often in prayers and discussions, we have done little thinking about the origin, meaning, or implications of God as our Father. I confess I was a little captured with the idea when we ran across it last week in Galatians 4. So I want to take a week to explore it a little further. This is not going to be a drive-by guilting on being a better father (there will be something there for the ladies too). But it won't be a theological elocution about Trinitarian Spiration (yes, those are theological terms--I didn't make them up). But I want us to understand, enjoy, and live as children of our Father. So plan to attend and bring someone with you.
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