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Port Hueneme church of Christ


Who Is Your Father?

John 8:42

by Jim Gallagher


  • Introduction
    • 1. We often hear people speak of the "Fatherhood of God"
      • a. Suggesting that all people are the children of God
      • b. There is some truth to that, for we are all the offspring of God (Acts 17:28-29)
    • 2. Yet in one sense, not everyone has God as their Father
      • a. Jesus identified some who did not have God as their Father (John 8:42)
      • b. He even said their father was the devil! (John 8:44)
    • 3. Who is your Father? God or the devil?
      • a. If God is your Father, you will love Jesus (John 8:42)
      • b. Love of the Son is proof that we have God as our Father
  • I. PROOF THAT GOD IS OUR FATHER
    • A. Do We Love the Son?
    • B. How Does Love for Jesus Express Itself?
    • C. We Prove That God Is Our Father When We Love the Son in at Least Seven Ways
      • 1. By trusting in Jesus (John 14:1, 6; Matthew 6:33)
      • 2. By obeying His commandments (John 14:15, 21, 24, 15:10; Acts 2:38; Mark 1:14:15, 16:16, 8:28, 19-20; Luke 6:46)
      • 3. By delighting in His company (John 16:12-14, 14:13; Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 3:12-14)
      • 4. By speaking about Him (Acts 5:41-42)
      • 5. By willingly suffering for Him (Hebrews 5:7-9; 2 Timothy 1:7-12)
      • 6. By longing to be like Him (Colossians 3:9-11; Galatians 2:20)
      • 7. By desiring to please Him (1 Corinthians 16:22; Galatians 3:26-27)
  • Conclusion
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