SONS AND DAUGHTERS


SPIRITUAL FATHERHOOD?

For you to have come this far, I believe that you have obtained peace and conviction that God had placed me in your heart to be your father in the lord. I want you to know that you are making the right decision towards growing in grace. It will take you just a few minutes to complete the Registration form below. That will give me access to your contacts information. The essence to to connect and build ourselves together as a family till we all come to the unity of faith, unto the perfect man, unto the fullness of the measure of the status of Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to hearing from you.


Just before you begin filling the registration form, i want you to know that the phrase "spiritual father" can be found through out the Bible. In the old testament for instance, Elisha referred to Elijah as his father when he cried out "My father, My father" at the translation of Elijah. But there was no where that indicates any blood lationship between them (2Kings 2:12). Joash the king of Israel also referred to Elisha as a father when he also cried "My father, My father" at the death of Elisha (2Kings 13:14).


Without contradictions, there are passages that do imply a form of spiritual fatherhood between individuals and over churches. Peter called Mark “my son” (1 Peter 5:13). Paul refers to Timothy as “my true son in the faith,” thus indicating his close relationship to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:2). Elsewhere in Paul’s letters, he also refers to Onesimus as his son, indicating that he was a spiritual father to the former slave (Philemon 1:10).


The apostles also imply that they are “spiritual fathers” in relationship to various congregations. The apostle John referred to members of a church he was overseeing as his children (1 John 2:1, 12–13). Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church is likened to that of a father to his children (2 Corinthians 12:14–15). Elsewhere, Paul writes, “I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel (1 Corinthians 4:14–15). In each case, it could be that these apostles had led their “spiritual children" to faith in Christ; even if they did not, the apostles loved, protected, and led those under their spiritual care as a father would his own children.


In church history also, Father (abbreviated as Fr.) is a title used by Catholics to designate priests and even the Pope, whose title means “father.” Just as a father works at raising his children to maturity, so Catholic priests do their job as spiritual fathers to raise their congregations to spiritual maturity. They liken their job as spiritual fathers to that of physical fathers, believing that they wash the children at birth with infant baptism, feed them with the Eucharist, and guide them by interpreting the Bible. Roman Catholics use verses such as 1 Corinthians 4:14–15 and 2 Corinthians 12:14–15 as support for their priests being called “fathers".


The idea of a spiritual fatherhood is often used more generically of any Christian MAN who is willing to take upon him the work of labouring in the word and prayer for his growth in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ thereby extending the hands of love to be a source of spiritual nourishment, a covering, and a confidant to a younger Christian in the faith. A spiritual father is any man whose life is an expression of Jesus Christ, not withstanding his age, societal status or material possession. Spiritual fatherhood is basically more individualistic than a general thing. Your spiritual father may have other children, but you must learn to find your personal place as a Son/Daughter not minding who is there before you or who comes after you. Jesus has commanded His followers to “make disciples,” which involves creating spiritual relationships that in some ways resemble father/children relationships (Matthew 28:19).


As Timothy’s spiritual father, Paul taught doctrine and modeled Christian living to his young son by taking him along on mission trips (2 Timothy 1:13; Acts 16:1–3; 2 Corinthians 1:19). After a while, Timothy took on a leadership role of his own, and he in turn discipled other believers in a “spiritual father”- type of relationship (1 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Timothy 4:11–16).


Most times people misunderstand the context of the message of Jesus in Matthew 23, where we see him forbidding the use of the title father as a sign of superiority: “Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven” (verse 9). But In that same context, Jesus also forbids the titles rabbi(“teacher”) and instructor (“master” or “leader”). John MacArthur comments: “Here Jesus condemns pride and pretense, not titles per se. . . . Christ is merely forbidding the use of such names as spiritual titles, or in an ostentatious sense that accords undue spiritual authority to a human being, as if he were the source of life and truth rather than God” (The MacArthur Study Bible).


In conclusion, it is important to note that even though God can reveal your spiritual father to you, most of the times, he will place it in then heart of the father to choose you or in your heart to love, and be comfortable to report your life the father without any form of fear. Either ways, it is scripturally correct. Furthermore, as in the physical family, no man can have two fathers so also in the spiritual. You must make up your mind to stand by your spiritual father no matter what, pray for him, honor him, love him, ask him questions, inform him about your life and choices, give to him, and proudly speak of him to others. Never speak evil of him, protect his image, respect his wife, help his ministry and family and be his confidant as well. ABOVE ALL, TRY YOUR BEST TO LEARN TO PATIENTLY DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH HIM OVER TIME AND DON'T LET FAMILIARITY DESTROY THE ESSENCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP.


THANK YOU FOR OBEYING GOD TO CHOOSE ME AS YOUR FATHER IN THE LORD. I WILL NEVER TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT IS AN HONOR AND A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU. PLEASE PROCEED WITH YOUR REGISTRATION BELOW...


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APOSTLE DANIEL YUSUF ADAMU

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