And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 21, Number
In this issue:
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1–4)
God knows the importance of children obeying their parents. When God spoke the Ten Commandments to Israel from Mt. Sinai, He made honoring their parents the condition upon which He would bless them with long life in the promised land (Exo. 20:12). The home is the training ground for honoring and obeying God Himself. Obeying parents develops moral accountability in children, preparing them to also honor and obey God. Disrespectful, disobedient children grow up to disrespect and disobey the heavenly Father (Rom. 1:28, 30; 2 Tim. 3:1-4). While the obedient child obtains blessings from God and men, the rebellious child equips himself for a painful life and eternal sorrow. “My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother” (Prov. 6:20).
Fathers have a supreme responsibility of guiding the instruction and rearing of their children. Fatherless homes are not God’s norm, for it is God’s will that fathers lead in educating their sons and daughters in the way of the Lord. God gives sound counsel and command to fathers not to exasperate their children to angry outbursts as they train them. Respect cannot be demanded by the father of his children; it must be earned. That requires treating your children with fairness, honesty and the guiding principles of faith from God’s word of truth. Parents (fathers and mothers) must live their faith before their children as well as teach the faith to them. And, when necessary, warnings and corrections are in order to train them to make good and righteous choices (Heb. 12:9-10). Our heavenly Father trains us by His word, as well as through the trials of life (Heb. 12:3-11). Such training is an attribute of the Father’s love for us, His children. Like God, fathers who teach and correct their children are showing love for them, while avoiding provocations to wrath. -Sword Tips, #851 and #852
Preaching Divine Creation (Gen. 1-2) stirs the Evolutionist.
Preaching the one true church (Col. 1:18) stirs the denominationalists.
Preaching against liquor (I Pet. 4:3) stirs the drinker.
Preaching on modesty (I Tim. 2:9-10) stirs the immodest.
Preaching on attendance (Heb. 10:25) stirs those unfaithful in attendance.
Preaching on pure speech (Eph. 4:31) stirs the gossip.
Preaching on dedication (I Cor. 15:58) stirs the uncommitted.
Preaching on honesty (Eph. 4:25) stirs the cheat.
Preaching against sin (Isa. 59:1-2) stirs the guilty.
Preaching on Christ (Acts 8:35) stirs those who love Him.
Preaching on Heaven (Heb. 11:13-16) stirs the hearts of those who want to go there.
Based on the above, let us ask two questions:
1) What kind of preaching are you hearing in the pulpit?
2) What kind of preaching are you DEMANDING in the pulpit?
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When the Savior stood before Caiaphas, the High Priest, Peter waited outside the palace. When a young woman approached him and said, “Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee,” he denied it. Another came with the same observation and he denied it with an oath. Then others that stood by said to Peter, “Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee,” and he began to curse and swear, saying he did not know Jesus (Mat 26:69ff).
Peter’s identity was confirmed by the way he spoke. Because of the way he pronounced his words - by his accent - those he was with knew he was from Galilee.
By our speech today, people can tell a lot about us, not just in a physical sense, but spiritually as well. Our speech can betray us. We may tell people we are Christians and citizens of God’s kingdom, but our words will let them know where we are really from. We can be identified by our:
Filthy Speaking. Christians are urged to put away, among other things, “filthy communication out of your mouth” (Col. 3:8). A filthy mouth reveals a filthy mind, “...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34). We may claim to be Christians, but if we tell dirty jokes and if we constantly use obscene “bathroom” words, our speech betrays us and our true identity is made known. The true Christian will think on things that are pure (Phil. 4:8) and season his speech with salt (Col. 4:6).
Lying. If we say we are Christians and do not always tell the truth, our speech betrays us. A lying tongue is an abomination in God’s sight (Prov. 6:16-19). We cannot say we are of Christ if we tell lies, for the devil is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor” (Eph. 4:25). A child of God is to so speak and so do that he can be relied upon in every way.
Murmurings and Complainings. Paul admonishes us not to murmur as did the Children of Israel when they wandered in the wilderness (1 Cor. 10:10). A Christian should rejoice in his relationship with his Heavenly Father. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). The complainer lets everyone know his true identity.
Boasting. “So the tongue also is a little member and boasteth great things” (James 3:5). Bragging is contrary to Christianity and James says it is evil; but it is especially sad for one who claims to be a Christian to boast of the evil he does. When a young man brags about his illicit conquests, or a young woman shamelessly tells about going to night clubs and getting drunk, the cause of Christ is dealt a critical blow. “But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil” (James 4:16).
Using the Lord’s Name in Vain. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (Ex. 20:7). There are many things worthy of honor and respect. We honor the name of our parents and resent anyone’s speaking of them disrespectfully. We respect the flag and are filled with indignation when men regard it lightly. How much more should we regard the name of the Lord our God with reverence and awe. One who uses it in any disrespectful and irreverent way, identifies himself as one who does not honor his Heavenly Father.
Knollwood Reminder (11/11/18)
A refusal to take personal responsibility for one’s failures is a sign of a lack of character. Unfortunately, this weakness is as old as man himself.
Adam and Eve were confronted by God when they sinned. God asked Adam if he had eaten from the forbidden tree. “Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate’” (Gen. 3:12). Eve’s response wasn’t any better. “And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate’” (v. 13). They tried to get God to believe it was someone else’s fault they had sinned.
When Aaron was confronted by Moses for crafting the molted calf, he tried to blame his action upon the people (Ex. 32:22-24). When Samuel confronted Saul regarding his failure to obey the Lord’s command, the rebellious king tried to blame the people (1 Sam. 15:15, 21).
This game does not work. We cannot avoid the guilt of our personal sins by trying to blame them upon someone else. Each one of us will stand before God and be judged as individuals (Rom. 14:10-12). We will bear the guilt of our personal sins (Ezek. 18:20).
Instead of being like Adam, Eve, Aaron, or Saul, we need to be like David when he was confronted with the reality of his transgression. He humbly replied, “I have sinned against the Lord,” to which Nathan replied, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die” (2 Sam. 12:13).
All of us are going to sin. While people may influence us to do so, we sin because we choose to do so. Let’s admit when we have sinned. This is how we maintain our character, and more importantly, it is the only way we can receive forgiveness for our sin (1 John 1:9).
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Zeal for What is Good
Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22
“excitement of (the) mind, ardor, fervor of spirit…in embracing,
pursuing, defending anything” (“to boil with heat, be hot”).
I. MISPLACED ZEAL.
without Knowledge, Rom. 10:1-3; Acts 22:3-5; Phil. 3:6; 1 Tim. 1:13.
II. GOD-APPROVED ZEAL:
Harmonizes with the Divine Will, Num. 25:6-11 (Rom. 10:2); Psa. 106:30-31.
III. THE ZEAL OF THE LORD.
Lord is Zealous of Righteousness, Num. 25:11-13.
Conclusion Heb. 10:24; Titus 2:14
Created by Chuck Sibbing, last updated. 11/27/2018
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