Father’s Day is just around the corner. It is an extremely important day for many of us! It is a day to celebrate and honor the leaders, caregivers, dad-joke tellers, and providers in our lives… Our fathers!
Throughout the Bible, we see tons of references to God as our Father. This tells us that fatherhood is extremely important to the narrative of our faith. It’s something to take note of and learn from in our own lives. Personal relationships with our fathers can sometimes be tricky. We’ve all been through our teenage rebellious years, we’ve all had hiccups in our relationships with our dads. But at the end of the day, without the father figures we have in our lives, most of us would be completely different people. We’ve learned a lot from our dads through both good and even bad experiences. Because of this, I wanted to bring some scripture and scripture images to you that I believe will be encouraging for your church to use around Father’s Day. Keep reading to find out what they are!
The Importance of Fatherhood In My Story
Now, I’m no dad. Far from it. I just finished my final year of ministry school at Grace Center, Franklin, Tennessee. But while I can’t speak from the perspective of being a father, I have learned quite a bit about being a son. My father has been a traveling missionary since I was born. He still travels around the world preaching the gospel, seeing miracles, salvations, signs, and wonders nearly everywhere he goes. It’s pretty awesome!
However, it did come with some difficulties earlier in my life. My dad traveling so much left me, my mother, and three siblings at home alone for nearly 250 days out of the year for many years. Though I knew his call was to be a missionary, I grew resentful of what he did in many ways. It felt like his job was more important than his family. But luckily, I’ve gone through intense healing and forgiveness from the hurt I had blamed on my dad. Now our relationship is stronger and better than ever. Rather than moping around trying to find every excuse to distance myself from my father, I enjoy hanging out with him when I can. Sometimes I even have the opportunity to travel with him.
I’ve seen my dad this year more consistently than I have my whole life, though I live on my own now. Sure, in the present time, there are factors like the global pandemic that make it easier to spend more time together. But I can honestly say that it’s more than that. The transformation of our relationship was birthed from an actual desire to move on from the past, continue into forgiveness, and deepen our connection as a father and son.
In many ways, I’ve found that our relationships with our physical fathers often reflect our relationship with God the father. This means if we’re not careful, we can let our own past hurt from our biological dads reflect on our connection with God. In my case, God often felt distant or absent. It felt like when I was trying to connect with Him, He had better places to be. There may have been hurt, neglect, or even pain acted out on you by your father and you feel that God is the same way. I can speak from experience though– if you dig into what God’s word has to say about the subject, you’ll find just the opposite. You’ll find a caring loving Father who loves to share His heart with His children. You’ll find that the Father’s heart is, was always, and will continue to be for you.
Scriptures That Tell The Story of God’s Fatherly Love
Along my journey, I can think of several scripture passages that have helped me reconcile my own story and relationship with my earthly father, the larger story of God the Father’s love for humanity, and what it means for us to be sons and daughters of God, the Creator of the universe.
As we look forward to processing these truths together this Father’s Day, let’s check out some scripture that will reiterate the identity of God the Father to us. I hope these themes and verses will be useful to your church for Father’s Day services.
Luke 15:11-32 (ASV)
The first passage of scripture is the story of “the prodigal son.” It is a story that almost all Christians and even a lot of non-Christians are familiar with. This story is beautifully told by Jesus, depicting the journey of two sons and a father. I believe nearly every pastor has a story from their ministry experience that can be related to the prodigal son. It’s a great story that is an awesome representation of the biblical father. The part I want to focus on is after the prodigal son leaves home with his inheritance. This inheritance was meant only for after the father’s death. The fact that the son even asked for his inheritance was like telling his father that he wished he was dead. That is crazy! It was a dishonor to his father, and yet, the father gave it anyway. However, after the son squandered his small fortune away, this is what he said…
18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
As we see here, the father is neither disappointed or ashamed of his son. Though the son ran, and though the son practically spat on the face of his father, the father never stopped looking for the son. He didn’t hesitate to give him a kiss and hug on his return home and he never intended his son to slave away to earn back his place at the table. The father in this story is a perfect reflection of God to His children, and this story is a must-have on Father’s Day.
John 16:26-27 (ASV)
“26 In that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you; 27 for the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from the Father…”
This is one of my favorite scriptures of all time. When I first discovered these verses it changed my world. For my whole life, I was convinced that God was an angry father. The only way that I could ever even come close to Him would be if I worked hard enough to please Him with my actions. What Jesus said in this scripture, however, was far from my incorrect belief. “The Father Himself loveth you” was a cold shock to my system. I had never felt the way I did when I read this passage. The fact that the Father took joy and pride in me and that simply being myself was all I needed to do to feel loved was mind-blowing.
In this scripture, you find true love between a father and son. And it isn’t just between Jesus and Father God, but between you and Father God as well. Maybe someone at your church service is thinking the same way I used to think. Maybe they’re telling themselves, “I have to work to please God.” Let’s join together to fight this mentality! Maybe something as simple as putting this passage on your presentation screens can enable this scripture to change someone’s life, just as it did mine.
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James 1:17 (ASV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.
What an amazing representation of God this depicts. It’s one of my favorite verses to discuss, based on how poetic and beautiful the description of Father God is. “The Father of lights.” I love how much this verse depicts Him as a giver. As someone who doesn’t change– a rock and a constant in our lives. He is a good father, who loves to give from the access of heaven. All we have to do is hold out our hands to receive it. I’m convinced that if God could give us everything we could want in the world at once, He might just do it. Our hands and minds are just too small to hold it all at once.
John 3:16-17 (ASV)
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.”
Here it is, the most quoted passage of scripture of all time. But rightfully so. This passage is such a beautiful representation of God’s love to use on father’s day. Our Father in heaven saw us as His own and deemed us worthy enough that He would give His only begotten Son, who didn’t deserve our punishment, as an exchange to be reconnected with us. Beautiful, isn’t it?! It’s the greatest mystery and the greatest miracle. We have a connection with the Father because He chose to make a way for us to remain in a relationship with Him despite our own actions to destroy the relationship.
Ephesians 6:1-4 (ASV)
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.
I’m convinced, or I at least hope, that the majority of amazing parents also have the majority of amazing sons and daughters. It states in scripture that Jesus is the exact representation of God (Colossians 1:15). So, I contend that this means: The Perfect Son is also the Perfect Father and is also the Perfect Holy Spirit. It’s a relational dynamic of each part of the God-head. Each part reflects each other, over and over again! We can apply the concepts of the relationship of the God-head in our own relationships with our parents and those around us.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my perspective along with these scriptures to the point that this blog is entitled, 5 Father’s Day Scripture Ideas For Your Church. But, I want to throw in several other verses that are great to use in addition to the ones I’ve highlighted above. (And for even more, you can check out any of these other amazing articles as well). There are a ton of resources out there, so I encourage you to use any material you’ve found here or on these other sites that contain such powerful scriptures.
Here’s a list of extra verses I feel are noteworthy for you to use in your Father’s Day services. Be sure to let me know which verses are your favorite in the comments and I’ll be looking to respond to you!
1.) Proverbs 23:24 (ASV) – The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
2.) 2 Samuel 7:14-15 (ASV) – I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
3.) Proverbs 20:7 (ASV)- The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
4.) Genesis 18:19 (ASV) – For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Jehovah may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
5.) Proverbs 14:26 (ASV) – In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence; And his children shall have a place of refuge
Do you have Scripture that wasn’t listed that inspire you for Father’s Day? Leave it in the comment section below!