March 26, 2017 PM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1779
#6 in series
The Blessed Family
"We have to be very careful not to overstate this biblical teaching on authority. It does not mean that the authority of husbands, parents and masters is unlimited, or that wives, children and workers are required to give unconditional obedience. No, the submission required is to God's authority delegated to human beings. If, therefore, they misuse their God-given authority (by commanding what God forbids or forbidding what God commands), then our duty is no longer conscientiously to submit, but conscientiously to refuse to do so." – John Stott
I. CONTEXT MATTERS
The Sacrifice of Christ:
"Throughout the passage, Paul seems to be calling on husbands
to measure up to the ideal of Christ in His love for the church, and
to wives to measure up to the church in its devotion to Christ." – Curtis Vaughn
II. CHILDREN, MIND YOUR MANNERS
In the book Christian Dimensions in Family Living, the author gives four basic needs of children:
Eadie (referring to Ephesians 6:2) said these words "involve a great principle, and that is, that filial obedience, under God's blessing, prolongs life, for it implies the possession of restraint, sobriety, and industry, which secure a lengthy existence."
III. COMMITMENT TO DISCIPLINE AND DIRECTION
IV. A CALL TO RIGHT RELATIONS IN THE WORK FORCE
Is slavery wrong? Absolutely! Why didn't the apostles address it?