"...Shepherd the flock of God which is among
you, serving as overseers..." (1 Peter 5:2)
Morris Bass, Rick Holt , Joe
"...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:
Instruction to Her Son (Melba Edwards)
On the Night Jesus was
A Mother's Instruction to Her Son
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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
(A continuation of the sermon, "Son
Sons of God (#2)
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.
I. WE MUST BE:
A. Sons of
God (cf. 2 Pet. 1:4); Jno. 1:12-13; Gal. 3:26-27. Live like sons of God to
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).
Sons of Light, Jno. 12:36; 8:12.
1. Bearing fruit, Eph.
2. Alert, 1 Ths. 5:4-6.
3. Live in truth, Lk. 11:34-36.
Sons of Peace, Lk. 10:6; Rom. 12:18.
II. WE MUST
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
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.
“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
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
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
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...
observed the Passover with His apostles, Luke 22:14-15
identified His betrayer, Matthew 26:20-25
instituted the Lord’s Supper, Matthew 26:26-29
washed the disciples’ feet, John 13:2-17
sang a hymn with His apostles, Matthew 26:30
predicted Peter’s denial, Matthew 26:33-35
prayed earnestly to His Father, Matthew 26:36-44
was strengthened by an angel, Luke 22:43
was betrayed by the kiss of a friend, Luke 22:47-48
healed a man in the sight of his accusers, Luke 22:50-51
rebuked His apostles for trusting in the sword, Matthew 26:52-54
rebuked His enemies for their cowardice, Luke 22:52-53