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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VIII,  Number 42
May 08, 2005

"All material is written by Joe R. Price, unless otherwise noted."

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"...Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers..." (1 Peter 5:2)
Morris Bass, Rick Holt , Joe Price

"...let them serve as deacons, being found blameless..." (1 Tim. 3:10)
Aaron Bass, Rich Brooks, Mike Finn
John Hague, Dan Head

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17)

In this issue:

A Mother's Instruction to Her Son
Melba Edwards

We live during an era when mothers are away from their children much of the time.  Those who have reared children realize how short those eighteen years are.  Mothers have a tremendous influence upon their sons.  We also have grave responsibilities that are God-given, and it is up to me to instill them in my son.

    1) I Must Instruct My Son In The Scriptures: -- I’m reminded of the example Timothy had from his grandmother and mother (2 Tim. 1:5).  They had an unfeigned faith: one that was undisguised.  It was a pure, genuine faith.  Our sons need to see in us a strong faith in God and be taught to put their faith in Him also.

    2) I Must Instruct My Son To Obey His Parents: -- The Bible speaks firmly in Eph. 6:1-3 when Paul wrote, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honor thy father and mother...”  Children must be taught from birth that their parents are to be obeyed and there are rules to abide by.

    3) I Must Instruct My Son To Work: -- “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Eccl. 9:10).  We need to instruct our sons, at a young age, to work.  Our sons need responsibilities to help prepare them for even greater responsibilities that will come their way soon enough.

    4) I Must Instruct My Son How To Become A Christian: -- We cannot think for one minute they will somehow know, or that just because we brought them to Bible study and worship they will automatically become a Christian.  They must be taught the plan of salvation at home.

    5) I Must Instruct My Son How To Remain Faithful: -- He should live “soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12).  Our sons must also be instructed,
“be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).

    6) I Must Instruct My Son To Keep Himself Pure: -- Paul said to Timothy, “keep thyself pure” (1 Tim. 5:22).  Sons must keep themselves pure in the things they touch, smell, see, hear, and taste.  They must be taught to abstain from cigarettes, drinking alcohol, drugs, filthy speech, and unlawful sexual behavior.  They need to know the places they can and cannot go.

    7) I Must Instruct My Son To Choose A Good Wife And How To Be A Good Husband: -- Sons must be taught to “leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife” (Gen. 2:24).  He is the head of the wife (Eph. 5:23).  He must love his wife (Eph. 5:25), provide for her (1 Tim. 5:8), and honor her (1 Pet. 3:7).

    8) I Must Instruct My Son To Be A Good Father: -- Fathers instruct (Prov. 1:8), correct (Prov. 29:17), do not provoke their children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).  Fathers realize their children are a heritage of the Lord (Psa. 127:3).

(Back to Basics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 2005)


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
(A continuation of the sermon, "Son of God"...)

Sons of God (#2)

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 5:5-10

1.  “Son of” denotes sameness and/or equality in some respect (Mk. 3:17; Lk. 10:6).
2.  The “Son of God” emphasizes the deity of Jesus & that he is the Christ (Jno. 5:17-18; 10:30-38; Isa. 9:6-7; Lk. 1:31-35).
3.  “Sons of God” also applies to Christians.


  A.  Sons of God (cf. 2 Pet. 1:4); Jno. 1:12-13; Gal. 3:26-27. Live like sons of God to please God:
    1. Come out of the world, 2 Cor. 6:17-18.
    2. Be a peacemaker, Matt. 5:9.
    3. Love like our Father loves, Matt. 5:43-45
    4. Like God (Christ) in all things, Gal. 2:20.
    5. God disciplines us as sons (Heb. 12:7).
  B.  Sons of Light, Jno. 12:36; 8:12.
    1. Bearing fruit, Eph. 5:7-10.
    2. Alert, 1 Ths. 5:4-6.
    3. Live in truth, Lk. 11:34-36.
  C.  Sons of Peace, Lk. 10:6; Rom. 12:18.


  A.  Sons of this World, Lk. 16:8 (1 Jno. 2:15-17).
  B.  Sons of Disobedience, Eph. 2:2; 5:6; 8:51.
  C.  Sons of the Devil – Matt. 13:38; Jno. 8:44.


1. Whose son are you right now?
2. Whose son do you want to be?


For the complete outline, please go to

Bible Question Box: Teachers & Students

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 2:1-9

1. Teacher & student should have mutual respect for truth & each other, 2 Ti. 2:24-26; Lk. 8:8, 18.
2. Wise counsel a blessing, Prov. 11:14; 15:22.

Question: “Older women are told to teach the younger women to love their husbands and children.  Is it a sin for a younger woman to ignore the teaching of the older women?”

1. Yes, it is sin whenever we ignore the word of God & refuse to obey it when we are taught it (Jas. 4:17; Lk. 6:46); Tit. 2:1-5.
  -When a Christian “ignores” NT teaching, our primary concern is not so much whether they sin by not listening to us…but whether they are refusing to listen to & obey God – that is sin! – cf. Lk. 10:16
2. No, it is not sin if what is being taught amounts to personal advice where differences in judgment are allowed, Rom. 14:3-4; Prov. 12:15; Ruth 1:6-18.
3. We should learn how to give counsel, Job 38:2 (42:3); Phil. 4:2-3.
4. We should learn how to receive counsel & instruction, Job 32:4, 6-7; Prov. 19:20-21; 1:5; 9:9; 1:24-26, 28-33.
5. We must know & respect the difference between teaching divine truth & giving personal advice, 1 Cor. 2:5; 2 Jno. 9; Rom. 14:12-13).
6. We want to be careful to teach truth, not personal opinions as if they are truth.


1. Teaching from an older person is not automatically right (or wrong), cf. Job 32:9.
2. All teaching/counsel must agree with word of God; when refused, it is sin against God (Mt. 7:21)


On the Night Jesus was Betrayed...

  He observed the Passover with His apostles, Luke 22:14-15

  He identified His betrayer, Matthew 26:20-25

  He instituted the Lord’s Supper, Matthew 26:26-29

  He washed the disciples’ feet, John 13:2-17

  He sang a hymn with His apostles, Matthew 26:30

  He predicted Peter’s denial, Matthew 26:33-35

  He prayed earnestly to His Father, Matthew 26:36-44

  He was strengthened by an angel, Luke 22:43

  He was betrayed by the kiss of a friend, Luke 22:47-48

  He healed a man in the sight of his accusers, Luke 22:50-51

  He rebuked His apostles for trusting in the sword, Matthew 26:52-54

  He rebuked His enemies for their cowardice, Luke 22:52-53


Created by Chuck Sibbing - 05/09/2005

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