In this message, Mark Bowen (from Evergreen Community Church in Lakeville, MN) gives a compelling view of fatherhood from the life of John the Baptist. Specifically, Mark explains how these six characteristics of John's life are necessary to "turn the hearts of the children to their fathers."
1. John was poor in spirit. (Matthew 3:11 and 5:3) - His admission of moral bankruptcy was the foundation of his moral authority.
2. John obeyed by faith. (John 1:29-34) - This simply means that he obeyed God with incomplete information.
3. John had doubts and asked questions. (Matthew 11:33) - John found himself in prison because, in his trust of God, he was willing to be unpopular and when Jesus didn't follow his script, John took his resulting doubts directly to Christ.
4. John denied himself. (Matthew 3:1-2) - Interested in one the main ingredients in itching powder? Mark reveals it here.
5. John led courageously. (Mark 6:17-29) - He was willing to make the unpopular decisions and to be demonized because he was poor in spirit.
6. John fulfilled his limited role in the saving of civilization.
Mark's message woke me from a daze of confusion in my own fatherhood. It left me with a powerful new vocabulary and fresh vision for the big leagues of being a dad to which all other minor league experiences are only preparation. Watch it, I dare you. If it isn't one you hand out to all the dads you know, I'll give you your money back.