August 13, 2011

Does submission mean respect?

First, let me say that I like Congresswoman Bachmann and I believe she is a viable contender for the republican nomination, for the office of the President of the United States. 

This post in no way attacks her and what she said during the presidential debate this past Thursday night, but this topic and more importantly the word submit itself has been greatly misunderstood by many, especially by those outside of the church. 

Will those in the church, especially pastors help provide a sound biblical answer to what has not been communicated with a clear understanding from Scripture?

Did Michelle Bachmann get it right during the debate when she answered the question if she would submit to her husband, if she were elected President of the United States, saying, "submission means to us, it means respect. I respect my husband." 

The commentary that follows by CNN anchor Don Lemon and his guest was good too.


Ephesians 5:22-27 must be looked at closely to understand what the word 'submit' means in Greek, in order to apply it to our lives, from the context of the text. 

Is submission, respect, or is there a greater meaning that we must learn to apply? This has been greatly misunderstood by many as obeying dictatorial behavior, but this is not what the text says submission means.

Please comment with your thoughts regarding the text (Ephesians 5:22-27) in regard to Congresswoman Bachmann's answer.  Does submission mean respect?


Reference
Blueletterbible.com - http://www.blueletterbible.com/
Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Version 9.8.3) [Computer software].
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

August 9, 2011

When Demons Cause a Revival

Each week on Sunday, I have the privilege to teach an adult Sunday School class at our church and have been doing so since January 9, 2011.

I began teaching the class right after they had concluded Acts chapter 12, so, my time of instruction with them has been since Acts chapter 13 and after 7 1/2 months we are now at Acts 19:13-20, for another expository look at a passage of text.  Each expository study is intended to help the class learn and understand more in depth whatever important aspects there are that should be learned during each weekly study.

I know I've said this before, but there is no other way in which a person may learn and understand what the Bible says, than by hearing an exposition of Scripture, by listening to it explained to them, which has the affect of raising their worship to God because they have been taken deeper into the text, on a regular basis.

To learn what expository preaching is, please click here to listen to John MacArthur explain it.

This week, our class looked at a passage where certain individuals attempted to imitate what they had seen the Apostle Paul say and do, as they witnessed many unusual miracles that God did through him.  The demons however, had something very surprising to say to these imitators and unfortunately, they were met with a very unexpected result that humiliated and hurt them.

Those that had witnessed this were brought under a great conviction and decided to reject their aspirations to obtain power through mystical practices and instead magnified the Lord.  Such repentance and reverance that fell upon the whole city proved the power of the Word of God, to prevail in the lives of people that witness true spiritual power and authority.

The audio file is located on the Podcast tab of this blog, so please click on the tab and click on the media player, to listen to this class study session, an exposition of Acts 19:13-20 - When Demons Cause a Revival.


Faithfully in Christ,

Pastor Kurt


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August 7, 2011

Why there should be an uninterrupted and constant spirit of prayer

(1) That we are to be regular and constant in the observance of the stated seasons of prayer. We are to observe the duty of prayer in the closet, in the family, and in the assembly convened to call on the name of the Lord. We are not to allow this duty to be interrupted or intermitted by any trifling cause. We are so to act that it may be said we pray regularly in the closet, in the family, and at the usual seasons when the church prays to which we belong.

(2) We are to maintain an uninterrupted and constant spirit of prayer. We are to be in such a frame of mind as to be ready to pray publicly if requested; and when alone, to improve any moment of leisure which we may have when we feel ourselves strongly inclined to pray. That Christian is in a bad state of mind who has suffered himself, by attention to worldly cares, or by light conversation, or by gaiety and vanity, or by reading an improper book, or by eating or drinking too much, or by late hours at night among the thoughtless and the vain, to be brought into such a condition that he cannot engage in prayer with proper feelings. There has been evil done to the soul if it is not prepared for communion with God at all times, and if it would not find pleasure in approaching his holy throne.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible regarding 1 Thessalonians 5:17 - pray without ceasing

Reference

Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Version 9.8.3) [Computer software]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved

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