1. FATHERHOOD IS A MATTER OF CHOICE 2. FATHERHOOD IS ROOTED IN CHILDHOOD 3. YOU’RE BEING FATHERED, WHEN YOU’RE BEING TAUGHT “Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding, for I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my instruction.” (Proverbs 4:1-2 NASB) “Hear, my son, and accept my sayings and the years of your life will be many. I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.” (Proverbs 4:10-11 NASB) 4. YOU’RE BEING FATHERED, WHEN YOU’RE BEING DISCIPLINED “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6 NASB) “…we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them…” (Hebrews 12:9 NASB) “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” (Proverbs 13:24 NLT) “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Hebrews 12:11 NLT) Victory Group Questions: 1. How does God show Himself as your HEAVENLY FATHER in your life? 2. Why is a “father’s” role so important in the family? 3. What effects do you think “fatherlessness” have on the family and society?