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Ephesians 6:4: Parental Discipline

The main parental responsibilities of instruction, love and discipline can be assigned to the ways in which we mediate Christ’s mediatorship as prophet, priest and king. We have looked at our parental responsibilities as prophets and priests, but now we need to turn to the matter of authority and discipline. In saying the word discipline we all have certain pictures in our mind, most people think about spanking or corporal punishment. That certainly is a part of it but not the whole. As we consider our role as God’s representatives in the home and ensuring that His rule is...


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Ephesians 6:4: The Priestly Duties of Parenting

Recently Kevin DeYoung in a blog article called ‘The World is Catechizing Us Whether we Realize It or Not,’ commenting on his recent experience of watching the Olympics he writes, ‘You couldn’t watch two weeks of the Olympics—or at times, even two minutes—without being catechized in the inviolable truths of the sexual revolution. Earlier in the summer, I watched parts of the Euro, and you would have thought the whole event was a commercial for rainbow flags.’ His point is right, we are being catechized whether we like it or know it or not. He issues this pertinent warning:...


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Ephesians 6:4: Instructing our Children

John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, was born in 1725 and at the age of 7 his mother Elizabeth died of tuberculosis. She was sickly the whole of his childhood. One biographer writes: ‘Though Elizabeth was unable to function as she might have wished, she did not squander her days. Knowing that time with her son might be short, she determined to make the most of what remained. She took on the role of teacher and spent hours with John each day. She was a good instructor, and he was an eager, bookish student. He progressed quickly. “When...


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Ephesians 6:4: Fathers

Father’s Day is approaching soon, but it has been called ‘an awkward holiday.’ It will not only be awkward because of the token gifts which seem to trivialize it, as has happened to Mother’s Day. It will not only be awkward because of the many who have toxic fathers who have been a source of trauma and abuse. It will be awkward because of the sexual revolution we are a part of and the attack on the nuclear family. The transgender revolution has created a situation where natural women identifying as men who give birth to children do not...


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Ephesians 6:1-3: Children obey your parents: Part 3

Obeying your parents, why should we do it? On the one hand we have the pragmatic view of psychology which has finally admitted the age old wisdom of God’s ways and tells us that every child needs loving parents for various reasons. On the other hand we have evolutionary views that tell us that we should be able to evolve beyond the need to have parents. Parenthood as an institution is no longer seen as sacred, but rather it is tolerated only in so far as it is useful. Today you can divorce your parents; you can legally have...


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Ephesians 6:1-3: Children obey your parents: Part 2

Obeying your parents, why should we do it? On the one hand we have the pragmatic view of psychology which has finally admitted the age old wisdom of God’s ways and tells us that every child needs loving parents for various reasons. On the other hand we have evolutionary views that tell us that we should be able to evolve beyond the need to have parents. Parenthood as an institution is no longer seen as sacred, but rather it is tolerated only in so far as it is useful. Today you can divorce your parents; you can legally have...


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Ephesians 6:1-3: Children obey your parents: Part 1

The family today is under attack.  This basic building block of society which has everywhere had a basic form of father, mother and children as the inner core and in laws and other extended family beyond that, can no longer be assumed as the norm.  Romans 1 tells us what happens when humanity turns its back on God.  They suppress the truth in unrighteousness.  It can be the truth of God’s existence as witnessed in nature, the truth of God’s law as witnessed in conscience, and the truth of our sexuality in our bodies, and the truth of family...


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1 Kings 1:1-10 : The Self-Exaltation of Adonijah

Introduction: Kingmaking, self-enthronement, pride, self-exaltation, these are the sins that meet us as we begin the book of 1 Kings moving from the reign of David to the reign of Solomon.  We are at a crucial point in salvation history.  David becoming King has fulfilled an important prophecy given to Judah by Jacob, and is giving substance to the longed for deliverer promised from the foundation of the earth—the seed of the woman promised in Gen. 3:15.  Just after the fall of mankind into sin God promised a deliverer who would destroy satan and his works.  With David having...


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Romans 13:1: God and the Government

Introduction: There are two extremes we need to avoid as we investigate the biblical teaching on our relationship to the government.  We can call these overrealised and underrealised views of the kingdom.  The overrealised view of the kingdom totally confuses the governments of this world with the rule of Christ.  That rule which will one day rule over the new creation is attempted to be installed now.  This results in conflating the work of the church and the state.  This spiritualises the work of political activism as kingdom activity. It tends to be a liberal tendency and attaches to...


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The Spirit Filled Marriage 12: Dating

Outline Independent dating Undiscerning dating Immoral dating Shallow dating Introduction The history of dating is a pendulum swing from total dependence to total independence. In ancient times marriages were arranged. An arranged marriage could have been arranged while the bride and groom were still in their infancy by the parents, or by a person appointed to choose a suitable spouse. Potential spouses did not necessarily have the opportunity to meet until the wedding day. There are still many today who implement this practice usually allowing the son or daughter to meet the prospective mate and veto to reject or...


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Homosexual Marriage 4: Practical Engagement

Outline Home Work Introduction Given the newness of engaging with the problem of homosexuality in society in the Western world Christians are still struggling to know how to engage homosexuality in some of the complex everyday life situations. My goal in this message is not to give you a list of laws that you can apply in any situation but rather to try and demonstrate how to think through issues for yourself. You see, when one wanders into the realm of ethics we are faced with as many different situations as there are people, personalities, cultures, perspectives, etc. it...


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