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An Excellent Wife

Friday, July 08, 2016

TEXT: PROVERBS 31.10-31

A popular notion in modern culture is that the Biblical text is old, archaic, culturally insensitive, and demeaning to women. One passage that receives a great amount of attention is Ephesians 5.22-24. What is written here is not temporary, or cultural. It is part of God’s expectations for all time. How should we view the passage? If we have a knowledge of the general concept of submission in all aspects of life, for both sexes, then these verses do not fit what the cultural left wants us to believe. On Sunday, we’ll do the following things:

  1. Discover five important concepts surrounding the idea of a wife submitting to her husband.
  2. Examine God’s definition of an excellent wife in Proverbs 31.10-31.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • As you read the Scriptures, what seems to be God’s viewpoint toward women? 
  • How does this contrast to the false narrative we hear all around us?
  • As you reread Ephesians 5.22-24, is there anything that stands out to you as being lofty? (Some positive motivation for a woman submitting to her husband?) If so, what is it?
  • Now, read Proverbs 31.10-31. Write down some of the admirable qualities of this woman.
  • How much is she valued? 

The Foundation for Your Godly Marriage

Friday, July 01, 2016

TEXT: Ephesians 5.18-21

On Sunday, we’ll start a new series of themed lessons for the month of July. What does a godly marriage look like? To answer this, we’ll examine Ephesians 5.22-33. When you consider the context of Ephesians, salvation by grace through faith (2.8), why shouldn’t we strive to be God’s kind of husband or wife? If you are currently blessed to be inside a marriage, how seriously do you follow through on who God has called you to be as a husband or wife? Both marriage partners are called to bring their life into compliance with God’s will. As we study together this weekend, we’ll talk about:

  1. Why this series on marriage is so necessary.
  2. The general principle of submission seen in Ephesians 5.18-21.
  3. Passages like Philippians 2.1-11; 1 Peter 2.13-3.12; Hebrews 13.17; and 1 Peter 5.5 which further develop all the areas Christians demonstrate submission.
  4. Conclude by making the application that it is the submissive attitude that makes a marriage work.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • It has been said that the only thing worse than wishing you were married is wishing you weren’t. What can we learn from this statement?
  • What are some internal and external pressures Satan puts on marriages?
  • What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5.18)? And, what do Spirit-filled people do (5.19-21)?
  • What is the worldly concept of Biblical submission?
  • Read Philippians 2.1-11 and 1 Peter 2.13-3.12. What general principles about submission do you see here? In what areas of life are we to demonstrate submission?

A Forgiving Spirit

Friday, June 24, 2016

TEXT: 2 Samuel 16.5-14

On Sunday, we’ll be looking at an Old Testament example of what it means to have a forgiving spirit. 2 Samuel 16 details one of the lowest chapters of David’s life. His son has just robbed him of the throne, raped his wives, and he finds himself fleeing for his life. Then, Shimei comes to pour out his hatred. He cursed continually. He threw stones, 16.5-8. David’s refusal to retaliate is an amazing story of self control. How could he do that? Do we possess that kind of self control? Do we have that kind of forgiving spirit? In our lesson this weekend, we will:

  1. Apply this text to the topic of family relationships.
  2. Look closely at 2 Samuel 19 and see how David demonstrated forgiveness.
  3. Examine four points of sound advice to help us forgive.
  4. Read five passages that emphasize our need to have a forgiving spirit.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • Why is it so tempting to respond in kind when someone hurts us?
  • Why is forgiveness more about us than the other person?
  • Read 2 Samuel 16.5-14. What if you were David? Could you have done the same? How can you get there?
  • How can our awareness of our own failures help us become more forgiving?
  • What does Jesus teach us about forgiveness? (Luke 23.34; 1 Peter 2.21-23)

A Humble Spirit

Friday, June 03, 2016

TEXT: EPHESIANS 5.18-21

How strong are the relationships in your family? What are your holiday gatherings and special occasions like when the family gathers together? Is everyone on “pins and needles,” worried about what happens if they bring something up they’re not supposed to? Instead of one big happy family, some families find themselves entrenched in a constant state of cold war - with occasional skirmishes breaking out that only exacerbate the problem. God’s word is not silent on this matter. His way is best and it will work every time. On Sunday, we’ll examine Ephesians 5.18-21 and learn three key principles behind every successful relationship:

  1. Be Filled with the Spirit.
  2. This leads to a life of praise and thanksgiving.
  3. Have a heart that submits.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? 
  • What are some things you can do to be controlled by the Spirit?
  • How often do you spend in quiet reflection on the things you can be thankful for?
  • What are some things that might challenge you in following through on the Spirit’s expectation to submit to others?
  • How are we to consider the needs of others? See Philippians 2.3-4.
  • What are some things you can do to eliminate selfish pride?

Clarifying Our Vision

Friday, May 27, 2016

Clarifying Our Vision

TEXT: EPHESIANS 3.20-21

The most successful local church of any time is undoubtedly the Jerusalem church in Acts. We can be like them. Kettering is setting the example in so many areas. So, what should be our vision as we move forward? On Sunday, we’ll talk about a few things that, if we clarify for all to understand, and then apply - we’ll find ourselves at the beginning of something very special. What are six principles we can rally behind?

  1. Constant and unlimited growth.
  2. All hands working.
  3. Getting the workers that are needed.
  4. Become a closer-knit family.
  5. Sacrifice to make the church successful.
  6. Be committed to overcoming problems.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • How can you play a role in converting, grounding, and keeping people at Kettering?
  • As our work grows, what are some ways you can help so that more is accomplished?
  • Read Acts 2.41-47 and 4.32-37. How large is the church here? How did they work to develop such a close-knit family? How can we apply this today?
  • Read 1 Peter 4.10-11. What are some abilities you have to use to serve others and glorify God?
  • When problems come, how can you become a part of the solution and not contribute to the problem?

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