THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL FATHER
Intro: If you were to make a list of great Bible fathers, you might include
men like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You might include Solomon, who
wrote many of the Proverbs for his sons. You might include Joseph, the
husband of Mary, who raised Jesus as his own Son and provided him with
a godly home. There would surely be many others who would make the list
of the great dads of the Bible. However, most of us would not include the
man who is the object of the text before us today: a man by the name of
When they think of Noah, people always remember his work on the ark.
They see that as his greatest achievement. Many would question his
successfulness as a dad because of some of the failures that occurred later
in his life. People remember when Noah got drunk, Gen. 9:20-21. They
also remember the business with his grandson Canaan and Canaan’s father
Ham, Gen. 9:22-27. But, think about this, Noah’s great success as a father
was in the fact that he saw every member of his family saved. What greater
accomplishment in life could there possibly be?
Now, we look at men like Noah and say, “Well, of course he was a
success, after all he was Noah!” But, did you ever stop to think that he
had to get across some of the same hurdles that fathers face today?
1. He raised his family during a time of extreme wickedness - 6:5
2. He raised his family during a time of extreme violence - 6:11
3. He raised his family during a time when God and His ways were
being ignored - 6:12
4. He raised his family against the backdrop of the impending judgment
of God - 6:17
Noah raised his family during an exceedingly difficult time, yet in spite
of all this, Noah made certain achievements that identify him as a successful
father. I am interested in this because I want to be a successful dad. I am
sure that every dad in this place wants to be successful as well. The truths
the Bible reveals about this man named Noah can and will help this to be
more than a desire, they can make it a reality.
Now, whether you are a father or not, there is a word here for you as
well. Because, in reality, these achievements that mark Noah as a
successful father, should also be true about every believer in God’s family.
You see, whether you are a dad or not, you are still a person of influence in
someone’s life. Therefore, what these verses teach us can help you be
successful in your life as well. So, let’s allow the Lord to speak to our hearts
today as we identify THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL FATHER.
I. Gen. 6:8-9 NOAH WALKED WITH GOD
A. Noah Was A Converted Man - Two words give a clue as to where
Noah stood with the Lord: Grace and Just. Grace is the
unmerited love and favor of God for sinners. Grace shows us
our sins and provides us with the faith to turn to God for salvation.
The word Just refers to our standing before God. To be just means
to be right with God, to be right in His sight. This is the result of
responding to God’s grace by exercising faith in God and in His
provision for sin. Simply put, this is the message of the Gospel,
Eph. 2:8-9. (Note: It is the grace of God that shows us our condition
before God as sinners, Rom. 3:10-23. It is grace that points us to
the remedy for our sins: the Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 16:31. Grace
makes the cross and the empty tomb real, Rom. 10:9-10. It is grace
that provides us with faith believe and when that faith is placed in
Christ alone, the sinner is saved and justified before God, 1 Cor.
6:9-11!) (Note: Dad, or anyone else for that matter, the greatest gift
you can give to your family is for them to know that you are saved by
grace and headed to Heaven. That will mean more to them than
your money, your houses or your lands. That is a legacy that can
never be tarnished or taken away from them!)
B. Noah Was A Consecrated Man - The Bible says that Noah was
“perfect”. This word means “upright”. This carries the idea that not
only did Noah claim a relationship with the Lord, but he lived out a
relationship with the Lord as well. It’s one thing to talk about being
saved and loving the Lord, it is quite another thing to actually live out
that claim every day. Let me just remind you that those around you
are watching you! It may not be right to judge one another, but you
will still be tried and convicted in the hearts of those who see the
kind of life you really live. (Ill. 1 Pet. 1:16, 1 Pet. 2:9) (Ill. Do not let
“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”
be said about you!)
C. Noah Was A Consistent Man - The Bible says that Noah “walked
with God”. The idea here is of a consistent walk with the Lord. He
wasn’t hot and cold, up and down and in and out, he just walked with
the Lord day by day. I am sure there were days when Noah “felt”
better about things than he did on other days, but when it was all
averaged out, he just walked consistently with God. (Note: There is
no greater testimony than a patient, consistent walk before the Lord.
Just being steady in a world of constant change says more about
you than a thousand verbal testimonies! Besides, a consistent walk
before the Lord is a walk others want to emulate!)
(Note: If you are saved by grace, living a clean life and are consistent in your walk with God, you have accomplished something great with
your life already! Friend, are you walking with God?)
II. 2 Pet. 2:5 NOAH WITNESSED TO OTHERS
(Note: The Bible calls Noah a “preacher of righteousness”. This
means that while he was building the ark, he was telling a lost world that
the end was coming. He was telling them about a way of escape.
Notice here how Noah witnessed.)
A. Noah Witnessed Through His Conduct - Look at what the Bible
says about the people around Noah in that society, Gen. 6:5, 12-13.
Now, look at what the Bible says about Noah, Gen. 6:9. He was so
different from the people around him that his very life was a living,
breathing witness to every lost soul that saw him. Noah stuck out in
his world like a sore thumb! (Note: People talk about “lifestyle
evangelism”, and that’s fine, if your lifestyle is so radically different
from the world around you. This is what the Lord expects from His
children, Matt. 5:13-16) (Ill. The radical lifestyle Jesus lived out is
what He desires for each of His children, Matt. 16:24, 1 John 2:6.)
B. Noah Witnessed Through His Conversation - While Noah lived
right and worked for the Lord, he also took the time to open his
mouth to tell others about what the Lord was about to do, 2 Pet. 2:5.
(Note: We are to live the right kind of life, but we need to be in the
business of sharing our faith with a lost world as well, Acts 1:8,
Matt. 28:19-20. When your children, and others that look up to you,
see you care enough about the lost to tell them about salvation
through Jesus Christ, it teaches a lesson that will not be easily be
C. Noah Witnessed Through His Commitment - For 120 years, Noah
worked and preached. After all that effort, the only converts he had
were to members of his own family. Surely he became discouraged
and frustrated, but he stayed the course and maintained his
commitment to the Lord. What a wonderful testimony! (Note: One
of the greatest proofs of the validity of your testimony is your
consistent commitment to live for God in spite of what others around
you are doing. Friends, there will be times when it will not be easy,
fun or popular to be found on the side of the Lord. However, it is the
people who stick with their commitment to the Lord through all the
varied times of life that win the respect and the admiration of those
around them who are watching. Don’t give up friend, there’s a pay
day at the end of the way, Gal. 6:9! Besides, a steady commitment
silences your critics, 1 Pet. 2:15.)
III. Gen. 7:1-2 NOAH WON HIS FAMILY
(Note: Noah was a successful father because he walked with God and
because he witnessed to others. But, his greatest achievement was
this: he won his family! Notice what we can learn about getting our
families to God.)
A. He Won Their Respect - Notice 6:18 and 7:7. You will also notice
that when God spoke He only spoke to Noah, 6:13-7:4. Yet, then it
was time to enter the ark, his sons and their wives followed him in.
Why? I think the answer is this: they believed in what he believed in
because they believed in him! His family knew that Noah’s walk with
the Lord was the real deal and they respected him for the man he
was! (Note: Contrast this the response Lot got from his family -
Gen. 19:8, 14, 30-38.) How did he win their respect? By his walk
and his witness!
B. He Won Their Response - Genesis 7:7 - They followed Noah into
the ark! Then, when the rains fell and the rest of the world perished,
they were saved. I would submit to you that the greatest
accomplishment of the life of this great man was the fact that he was
able to see his children saved. This eclipsed everything else he did
in his life. (Note: When all is said and done, will your children follow
your faith? I know that their decision is purely between them and the
Lord. But, I also know that they may base what they do on what
they see in your life! Determine in your heart today that you will do
everything in your power to see your family get in the ark with you!)
(Note: You may not leave your family a single dime of inheritance.
You may not leave them an inch of property. But, if you pass down
your faith to those who come behind you, you have left them the
richest legacy of all!)
Conc: Noah was a successful father because of his achievements. He
walked with God, he witnessed to others and he won his family. I think that
marks his as a success, don’t you?
As you look at Noah and then look at yourself, I want to ask you a
couple of questions.
1. Are you saved and in a relationship with the Lord?
2. Are you living a consecrated, consistent life before those who are
3. Are you sharing what you have with others?
4. Is your family in the ark?
5. Have you seen things in you or in those around you that need to be
If you need to bring these or any other things to God, not is the time.