. . . [Y]ou have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” . . . [W]e are children of God . . .

Paul in Romans 8:15b, 16b

The child asks of the Father whom he knows. Thus, the essence of Christian prayer is not general adoration, but definite, concrete petition. The right way to approach God is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Questions for Small Group Study

Chapter 13 – Fatherhood

  1. Have you ever known someone who had, or felt like you had, ADD – that is, affirmation deficit disorder?
  2. Have you ever felt you suffer from a father wound, or know someone who does? What does that mean? How does it manifest? How was it evident?
  3. Go back to page 129 and review the Scripture in the middle of the page from Romans 8:15–16. What is that text saying to you?
  4. Are there ways in which you need to more readily accept the Fatherhood of God?
  5. Go to page 134 and read aloud the personal declaration.