Biblical Qualities of a Christian Father

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Following the wedding of his youngest son, Press On Podcast host Keith Holloway took some time to reflect on his time as a father and a grandfather. This week, he looks at what the Bible has to say on parenting and lays out ten principles for Christian fathers.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • If your husband and the father of your children does not exhibit these biblical qualities of a father, you can pray and ask God to bring them into his life.

  • A father must be present in the home investing time and effort into his family, but sadly studies show that fatherless homes are growing.

  • Fathers are to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

  • A father needs to have a sacrificial love for others that is an overflow of his love for God.

  • Fathers are to be the spiritual leaders of their family.

  • Christian fathers are to be a mentor to their children through both what they say and how they live their life so that their children will realize their own need for salvation, the importance of living a life surrendered to Jesus, and to mature in their faith.

  • Being a biblical father requires patience, because the Christian life of discipleship and mentoring is one of perseverance and endurance.

  • Children need to see a father who faithfully works hard to provide for the needs of the family.

  • Christian fathers must be sober-minded, calm, even-tempered, and self-controlled.

  • The character of a blameless father is one who seeks to live above reproach allowing God’s standard of righteousness to be their guide.

  • A godly father will be one who has earned the respect of his family and those in his sphere of influence.

  • Contentment is a key quality of a Christian father—sacrificing worldly pursuits and possessions for the betterment of his family.

  • The fruit of the Spirit should be manifested and demonstrated through the life of a godly father. 

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Ephesians 6:1–4; 1 Timothy 5:8; Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Proverbs 22:6; Titus 2:2; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 103:13; Proverbs 18:9; 1 Timothy 3:2, 7

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About Keith Holloway

Keith Holloway has been with World Challenge for 26 years holding various positions. He is currently the Senior Director of Leadership Development. Keith is a Bible teacher and Community Health and Evangelism (CHE) trainer, facilitator, and a member of the Global CHE Network’s Representative Council. He and his wife Maureen live in Colorado Springs; they have six grown children and ten grandchildren.