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Just a phase?

03/09/2023 - Matthew Destry

Father’s Day 2023 — A biblical framework for growth

2 Peter 1:5-8: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 4:14-15: “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

This passage speaks to the importance of growing in faith to achieve spiritual maturity and avoid being misled.

Psalm 1:1-3: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

Proverbs 20:29: “The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

So, we’re going to look at 4 seasons or stages in a man’s life — Son, Cowboy, King, Sage

We’re going to explore:

a/ what typifies this season

b/ what is being formed in a man

c/ what are the main threats to this stage

d/ how to provide support in this space

  1. Beloved Son
  1. Cowboy
  1. King
  1. Sage


Where am I? Where is my partner/spouse/child/parent/friend? What do I need? How can I help?

Where is God? What do I need from Him? What is He asking of me?

Luke 2:52:

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man.