Sermon on Sunday October 6, 2013 by Pastor Thomas Tate
A FATHER’S LOVE
- “A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.”
- Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me’? “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.
- “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. “In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.
- “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.
- “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.” His disciples said, “Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech. “Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we believe that You came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
- “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
- “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.”
- Phileō – To love with the meaning of having common interest with another.
YOU ARE GOD’S FRIENDS
- “You are My friends if you do what I command you. “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD
- He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
GOD IS THE PERFECT FATHER
- For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up.
GOD DESIRES TO BE YOUR DADDY
- “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
GOD DESIRES TO BE YOUR DADDY
- For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
GOD TRULY LOVES YOU
- Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
GOD LOVES YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW
- so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
- Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. What was your relationship like with you and your father? Has that relationship ever effected how you looked at God as your Father?
2. Read John 16:16-22. When was a time in your life that you felt sorrow and didn’t understand what God was doing? When is a time that you understood later what God was doing and it turned out joyful?
3. What is your primary relationship with God; fearful, wrath, master, judge, savior, teacher, friend, father (daddy)…? Why?
4. Read John 16:26-27. We know that God loves us but how does it encourage you to know that God intensely likes you like a best friend? Who has been your best friend and why?
5. Read John 1:11-13 & Romans 8:14-18. Who are the children of God? What kind of life should a child of God expect to have? Take time to discuss the deeper implications of actually being a child of God?
6. Read Ephesians 2:3-7. What were we children of before knowing Jesus? What was God’s motivation to bring us into a relationship with Him?
7. Read Ephesians 3:17-21. What are we to be grounded in (church, doctrine, bi-laws, music or love)? What will we be able to comprehend better if we are grounded in love? Why is this? What does it look like?
8. What affect should this truth, that God loves, likes, desires, made you in for a relationship with Him have on your life? How should it affect your relationships with others?