Father’s Day

One of the most wonderful passages in all of Scripture occurs toward the end of Jesus’ life when He prayed for His disciples in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus used the word Abba, which is the informal translation of “Father.” Essentially, Jesus was saying, “Daddy.” What do you think would happen if our churches started using Daddy or Papa in place of Our Father or Almighty God?

How would things be different if we started teaching “Daddy-God” as the correct term in Sunday School? What would church look like in 50 years?

The standard gifts for dads on Father’s Day seem to be ties or tools. Have you given these gifts to your dad? Imagine there is a tool belt of all the required tools that every dad should have. Look at the list and decide what each tool symbolizes a father’s role in your life. (Example: Sandpaper—smooths out the rough spots.)

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Duct tape
  • Level
  • Crescent wrench
  • Flashlight, batteries
  • Utility knife
  • Spare roll of duct tape

Can you think of others?

Writer C. McNair Wilson once said, “It wasn’t until I could look down on my father that I first looked up to him.” Is this true? How so?

  • What has your father taught you not by lesson but by example?
  • Where do you and your father most disagree?
  • What is your dad’s favorite song? What did he listen to when he was your age?
  • How did your dad ask your mom to marry him?
  • What is your dad’s favorite joke, the one he likes to tell and repeats again and again?
  • What stories have you heard about your dad when he was a kid that surprised you?
  • What stories has your dad told you about his parents?
  • What did your dad teach you about being an adult?
  • Name the best dad you’ve ever seen on television of movies.
  • What were your dad’s dreams when he was your age?
  • What is the biggest problem fathers face these days?
  • What do you think your father likes best about being a father?
  • What is the most frustrating part of his life?
  • Could you do what your dad does for a living?
  • Would you be more likely to trust a business with the phrase “and Sons” in the name?
  • When did you realize your dad wasn’t Superman?

Read Proverbs 4—yes, the whole chapter. Which of these sounds like something your dad would say? Rewrite it so it sounds like a dad-ism.

Read Psalms 103:13-14. Where sometimes it seems mom’s role is to nurture, dad is more of the molder, which takes time, talent, practice and sometimes learning from your mistakes. How has your dad molded you?

Spend some time getting to know the dad that your Heavenly Father has gifted you with this Father’s Day.