‘Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Philippians 1:1-2.
NOTE PAUL’S “AND”:
1. Paul AND Timothy,
2. Bishops AND Deacons,
3. God the Father AND Jesus Christ the Son.
The church flourishes when the roles of “father and son” are inherent within its DNA.
Teamwork flourishes when the fathers and the sons work together.
The father/son team is the God type for all church function.
The father/son team is the God strength for society.
When the father/son team fails, society fails.
The father/son God model is far superior to the leader/follower model.
A son is ready for ministry at 30 years of age, and can become a father at 50 when his sons reach thirty years of age.
Fathers honour their sons by setting them up and releasing them for ministry and leadership. Sons honour their fathers by seeking their wisdom, honouring their name, and expanding their house.
You can tell a good father by how he releases his sons, and you can tell a good son by how he honours his father.
A good father has many sons – but only one house.
A good son has many friends – but only one father.
Wise sons can be taught by many teachers, but learn most when shown by one father.
Weak fathers produce wayward sons. Wayward sons produce fractured families.
When the father’s role is spiritually strong, the son’s role is spiritually shaped.
Fathers and sons, working together across their lifetimes, become a formidable force for good.
Jesus always referred to His mission on earth as His Father’s will and work (John 5:19).
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