Happy Father’s Day

As we get ready to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend it seems a perfect time to reflect on the undeniable necessity and value of having a good father in the home.

The Epidemic of Fatherlessness

In the west specifically we know that fatherlessness is an epidemic affecting the next generation in numerous and dire ways. Worldwide we know the voice, presence, guidance, discipline, and instruction of a father is necessary to any child and family’s growth, health, and well being.

God the Father

Biblically, how could we expect anything else? God Himself relates to us as our Father, calling us His beloved children and showing us the ultimate model of a Father’s love. He gives Himself up for us, guides us, teaches us, trains us, comforts us, challenges us, and helps us to become all that we are intended to be. Good, Godly fathers everywhere follow that same path. 

While there are only a handful of instructions given directly to fathers in the Bible (Ephesians 6:4; Psalm 103:13; Proverbs 22:6; Proverbs 23:24; Hebrews 12:7) the heart of God the Father comes through on every page, providing the standard to which fathers everywhere attempt to rise up and meet. While of course every earthly dad will miss the mark, their continual repentance and commitment to serve the role God has given them in their families makes an unquantifiable impact.

Seeing God

We have only to look up statistics on fatherlessness to know the importance of a present father. Everything from future poverty and criminal activity to mental health and self esteem are greatly impacted by simply having a father in the home. 

Perhaps even more importantly we get our first glimpse of God from our fathers. Whether we consider Him to be angry, distant, and disappointed or we know Him to be near, involved, compassionate, and loving is a direct reflection of what our earthly fathers taught us. Those lucky enough to grow up in a home with a dad who loves God deeply and loves his family well reap untold benefits both practically and spiritually their entire lives long.

Carry on Dad

For the Godly men out there all over the world fighting the good fight in your own homes: showing up, working hard, teaching, discipling, instructing, loving, serving, and leading your families; today we see you, we honor you, and we thank you for the valuable work you are doing. As you impact the next generation, you transform the world. As you lead and instruct in the ways of the Kingdom, you are ushering His presence ever nearer and raising up the future leaders, pastors, and missionaries who will pick up where we left off. 

So to the dads in every corner of the earth making their homes a place of discipleship, we charge you to keep up the good, necessary, gritty, life changing, Godly work of fatherhood. As Galatians urges, do not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a great harvest, if you do not give up. Carry on dads, and a very Happy Father’s Day from GCM.

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”