The Definitions….


As promised yesterday, here are the definitions for covenant and sacrament. As you will notice, they are lengthy and better explained in these articles, than in any brief sentence found in any dictionary.

I hope you find this helpful as we continue on in our journey understanding the Domestic Church.

Marriage Like Christ and His Church


Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, He himself the Savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed Himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body. ” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband. Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise,” that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but to bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.   Ephesians 5:21- 6:4.

This is quite a long text and we will be breaking it down. But I wanted us to start here because, in my experience, this is a very mis-taught passage. With to much emphasis on the minor issues and little emphasis on the major issue, which is the covenant of marriage and it also being a sacrament.

We will define these terms of covenant and sacrament and the important role they play, not just in our own families, but within the Church itself.

May God bless us all as we study His word.

Amen.

The Domestic Church


As Jesus ended the sermon on the mount, He challenged us to be “wise” disciples, that is; listen to His words and act on them (do them).We are called to put our faith into action!

To look at the “big picture” can be be overwhelming but God didn’t call us to change the whole world at once by ourselves. When Jesus stated,” You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountian cannot be hidden,” the reference is to the church as a whole. We as individuals are the lamps of the house. That means our “house” has to be lit up (the starting point) for true, effective discipleship.

God created the family, and the family is to be a testimony to the Triune God, a community of love. God has given us a great blessing and at the same time an awesome responsibility. Each Christian family must have for it’s goal the “bringing in of the Kingdom”. This is our individual goal, our family goal, our local church goal and the world-wide Church goal.

So, let’s study the role of the family within the Kingdom of God. The Domestic Church!

Two Foundations


Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined. When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.  Matt. 7: 24-28   

Jesus makes the relation of hearing and doing to every Christian disciple (everyone who listens).Earlier He had related saying and doing (false teachers).

If we only listen to Christ (read His word, go to church) and do nothing with what He says, what good are we as disciples? It’s not about once a week visitation, it’s about everyday visitation! Everyday worship, everyday prayer, everyday meeting others needs in love, showing the compassion of Christ Himself.

Look at the last verse, if Jesus truly has authority in our lives, we will be changed! We will live out His beatitudes and His laws for the kingdom (sermon on the mount) because we are it’s citizens. His brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the Most High God.

Father, thank you for giving us your instructions to live by.Thank you, that in your love for us, you didn’t leave us as orphans, but left us your family kingdom, with brothers and sisters to love and care for. And the Church, in which your family takes refuge, called out to be the city on the hill. Guide us by your Holy Spirit into all truth so we will continue to be your people who are called by your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The False Prophets


Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to me, ” Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day,” Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?” Then I will declare to them solemnly,” I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.”  Matt. 7: 15-23   

Ever seen a false prophet? Are there any around today? A prophet is a disciple who claims to speak in the name of God. So, we have pastors, deacons, evangelist, theologians and Sunday school teachers all claiming to speak in the name of God. How can I tell who’s speaking God’s truth? Jesus says we can tell by the quality of their deeds (fruits).

The “wolves in sheep’s clothing” is interesting because Jesus refers to credentials. Prophets in the old testament, wore a sheep’s garb (wool mantel) as a symbol of authority (2 Ki.1:8, Zech.13:4) so it was hard even back then to tell, by their credentials, who was a “true” or who was a “false” prophet just by looking.

Let’s look at three categories of fruit:

1) Doctrine: What do they teach? Where does “it” come from? Where was “it” established? Who established “it”? (Remember the who, what, where, when and why.)

2) Effect of their doctrine: What effect has it had on the people they’ve served? Growth or stagnation? Love for God and others? Rejection of God’s authority? Division or unity? Sensual life or spiritual life? Deception or honesty?

3) Their own moral character: Are they marked by pride, greed or immorality? Are they dominated by worldly things? Do they prey upon the weak and the guilt-ridden?

Remember, the best way to fight “false” teaching, is to know “true” teaching! Why do you believe what you believe?

2 Peter 3:17-18: Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory now and to the day of eternity. Amen  

Amen.

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