A Father Who Fought Till He Won


This little sermon outline is one of our free sermons that's great to use for a Father's Day sermon. Take and shape it and use it!


Mark 9:14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

In this familiar story, let's change our perspective a bit and focus on the father in the story. When we do we discover that–

He was a Father who knew how to:

1. Work for His Child
-This was a father who worked hard to find the best for his child. For years he provided for this child stricken by the enemy. He did not abandon his child. He was not embarassed to bring his child into the public arena to search for help.

Give honor to working fathers….

2. War for His Child

-He fought the enemy for years. He fought this disease for years. He fought through the crowd to bring him to Jesus. He had a daily battle which he warred on behalf of his son.

Give honor to warring fathers….

3. Wait for His Child
-Since childhood, his now much older son, had suffered. Think of the time his father had pulled him out of the fire, had to wrestle him to stop him from hurting himself. Yet, this father, years down the road was still searching and waiting for his son to be set free and healed.

Give honor to waiting fathers….

4. Worship for His Child
-In the moment, when it was just him and Jesus and he was called upon to have faith, he humbled himself before God, he wept and admitted he had the desire to believe but it was shrouded with unbelief. Jesus was moved by this man's honestly and Jesus also knew the man brought the son to him because he was believing.

Give honor to worshipping fathers…


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