Ephesians 5:25; 6:3





1.                  The most unique combination of humanness, love, and responsibility


2.                  The most challenging call to Christian men





1.                  Husband and Father: Holy Work


a.                   Love like Christ does

i.                    The nature of the word

ii.                  In the manner of Christ

iii.                Hosea: the God-kind-of love


b.                  Lead like God does

i.                    Psalm 103:13,14

ii.                  Isaiah 64:8

iii.                Hebrews 12:5-7,10


2.                  The Models Preclude the Abuses


a.                   “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.” (Col. 3:19)


b.                  “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”  (Col. 3:21)


3.                  A Strong Ethical Heart for Husband and Father


a.                   Be...

i.                    Be a man (Tit. 2:2,6)

ii.                  Be present and be involved

iii.                Be responsible


b.                  Love

i.                    Nourish and cherish (Eph. 5:29)

ii.                  As yourself (Eph. 5:28,33)

iii.                By acting lovingly (1 Cor. 13:4-7)



c.                   Nurture

i.                    Bring them up

ii.                  In the discipline and instruction of the Lord

iii.                Like a father with his children (1 Thes. 2:11,12)


d.                  Provide

i.                    For members of his household (1 Tim. 5:8)

ii.                  Know how to give good gifts to your children (Matt. 6:11)

iii.                Matt. 6:9,11


e.                   Protect

i.                    Matt. 6:13

ii.                  Keep long-term best interest in view (Eph. 5:27)

iii.                “And gave himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25)





1.                  Workers together with God


2.                  Malachi 3:16,17