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WEEK 1 - God’s Design for a Dad

Key Verse:

God’s divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by His own glory and goodness. [2nd Peter 1:3]

Experiencing God’s Design for a Dad Involves:

  1. Accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord

    Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony.  Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. [1st John 5:10-13]

    “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” [John 15:4-7]

  2. Becoming a power source for my family

    For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen. [Ephesians 3:14-21]

    Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. [Ephesians 6:4, 10-17]

  3. Committing to living by faith with God as our Father

    For we live by faith, not by sight. [2nd Corinthians 5:7]

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for… And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. [Hebrews 11:1-2, 6]

    Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ… For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we also share in his glory. [Romans 8:8-10, 13-17]


WEEK 2 - God’s Divine Power

Key Verse:

God’s divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. [2nd Peter 1:3]

Experiencing God’s Divine Power Involves:

  • Taking God at His Word

    Then the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?  Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”    …Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.  Samuel then went to Ramah. [1st Samuel 16:1, 12b-13]

    For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. [2nd Timothy] 1:7

  • Noticing what God has provided for you

    Saul said to David, “Go and the Lord be with you.” Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. [1st Samuel 17:37b-40]

  • Trusting God’s Power

    David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” [1st Samuel 17:45-47]



Week 3 - Where Does Our Power Come From?

Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

What ways is the name “paraclete” translated?  Counselor, Helper, Advocate

Key Verses:

God’s divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. [2nd Peter 1:3]

For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. [Ephesians 3:14-21]



How does He help us?

  1. He helps us to Understand God’s Word.

    But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. [John 14:26]

  2. He Guides us.

    When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. [John 16:13-14]

  3. He never Leaves us.

    And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. [John 14:16]

    I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” [John 16:33]