1 Peter: Father -- Judge???
Peter tells us we are to love God as our Father and fear Him as our Judge. How does that work? Why does the Bible say we will be judged by our deeds and yet salvation is by grace and not of works? How does that work? What is the nature of Judgment Day especially how are Christians supposed to view it? Are we ready?
The consideration of God as Judge is not improper for those who can truly call Him Father. Holy confidence in God as a Father, and an awful fear of Him as a Judge, are very consistent; to regard God as a Judge is a singular means to endear Him to us as a Father. Matthew Henry
Sermon discussion questions for parents to use with their children:
How are we supposed to relate to God when He is both our Father and our Judge?
What does it mean to me that He is my Father?
What does it mean that He is my Judge?
What will take place on Judgement Day?
How can I best be prepared?
Should I warn others?
How without not sounding like a fool?