WEEK 2: The Importance of Fatherhood, part II
July 14, 2016
Fatherhood: The Journey Of A Lifetime
THE IMPORTANCE OF FATHERHOOD
- What is your reaction to the assertion that “you, single-handedly, can (and will) shape the future of your children and your family … and the influence they will have on their society and generations to come”? (p. 30)
- In what ways does our society de-emphasize the importance of fathers and fatherhood? (Think about how fathers are portrayed on TV or in movies.)
Read Genesis 2:18, 22-24.
“The Lord said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.
Then the Lord made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she is taken out of man. That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife and they become one flesh.”
“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; make and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
What is God’s plan for marriage and family?
- How has your view of fatherhood been shaped by society?
- How have your views of fatherhood influenced your family?
- What fallout do you see from the breakdown of fatherhood in society?
Optional Additional Questions For Week 2:
Read Proverbs 4:1-4.
“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
still tender and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.”
What is the key role of the father toward his son (or daughter)?
Read Psalm 112:1-5.
“Praise the Lord.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who fight great delight in his commands.
Their children will be might in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely.
who conduct their affairs with justice.”
How does the psalmist the father who fears the Lord?
- How has being a father changed you already?
- What areas would you like to improve in as a dad? What would your family say?
- How will being a part of this group help you in your role as a father?