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1 FREEDOM, FAITH, LOVE, RESPECT Difficult words, easily misunderstood, disastrous results…

2 ANIMALNATURAL DESIGNARTIFICIAL ENVIRONMENTLETHAL ENVIRONMENT BIRDLANDCAGEOCEAN FISHOCEANAQUARIUMLAND HUMANGOD’S DESIGN Submit to God’s role for you ACCEPT ALTERNATIVE Create artificial role for yourself ABDICATE COMPLETELY Allow spouse to dictate role FREEDOM John , then Romans

3 Freedom to one thing demands slavery to another. As Christians we enslave and entrust ourselves to Christ who is a benevolent dictator looking out for our interest not His own. In this way we are free from sin and the consequences that come from our directing our own lives. A wife is NOT the slave of her husband but, as a slave to Christ, fulfills her submissive role because of her submission to Christ (“Likewise, wives be in submission…”) and seeking freedom in Him. A husband is NOT the master of his wife but, as a slave to Christ, fulfills his role (“as Christ is the head of the church”) so that he can be free to live as he was designed to live. Matter of perspective. To whom do you wish to be a slave? FREEDOM (cont)

4 Now 1161 faith 4102 is 2076 the substance 5287 of things hoped for, 1679 the evidence 1650 of things 4229 not 3756 seen. 991 Substance—”hupostasis”, lit., a standing under (hupo, under, stasis, a standing. That which stands, or is set, under, a foundation, beginning. Evidence—”elemos”…which denotes a proof, proving, test. FAITH

5 VINE—The main elements in faith in its relation to the invisible God, as distinct from faith in man, are especially brought out in the use of this noun and the corresponding verb. they are (1) a firm conviction, producing a full acknowledgement of God’s revelation or truth; (2) a full surrender to Him; (3) a conduct inspired by such surrender. Prominence is given to one or other of these elements according to the context. 1)a firm conviction, producing a full acknowledgement of God’s revelation or truth, Rom , Jas (not just an opinion) 2)a personal surrender to Him, Jas (doing matches believing) “Faith without works is dead” 3)a conduct inspired by such surrender. 2 Cor. 5.7 (“walk by faith, not sight”) This is seen vs. unseen (see Heb. 11.6) Give examples from text of how THIS kind of faith is illustrated FAITH (cont.)

6 Give examples from text of how THIS kind of faith is illustrated FAITH (cont.)

7 Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (unseen). Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off (unseen), and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Heb 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. UNSEEN versus SEEN FAITH (cont.)

8 What FAITH does… Believes the unbelievable (as believable) v. 3 Motivates the unmovable (as movable) v. 7 Receives the impossible (as possible) v. 13 Sees the invisible (as visible) v. 27 Doesn’t it take a lot of this kind of faith to stay married? FAITH (cont.)

9 Four words translated “love” (only three used in the Bible) Eros (  ) intimate or romantic love, especially of sexual passion. Storgos (  ) to cherish affectionately with natural affection especially toward kindred, therefore, familial love. Romans 1.31 Phileo (  ) to be a friend to (fond of), hve affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling, while agape is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliverate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety. Titus 2.4; I Pet. 3.8 Agape* (  ) benevolence, the act of doing good to another with no ulterior motive in mind. John. 3.16; Matthew 5.44; I Pet This love is an action. It is demonstrated through active servicing in the way a person needs to be served (I Cor. 13) and commanded of the husband. A wife is never commanded to love her husband, why? LOVE

10 RESPECT Eph However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) Read different translations, then, Acts 10.35; 5.26; Lk. 22.2; 19.21; Rom ; I Jn Phobeo (  ) to frighten, that is (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is revere; be sore afraid, fear (exceedingly, reverence. I Pet. 2.18; 3.15; Heb (not afraid to inaction) It seems as though “fear, reverence, respect” either paralyzes to inaction or produces positive action but in a reverent way. What factors could produce either action and how might a wife’s demeanor change in a positive way if she reverenced, respected, biblically feared her husband as he loved her and submitted biblically to her? Eph. 5.21

11 OUR GOALS 1)Be REALISTIC 2)Understand SUCCESSFUL 3)ANALYSIS without over-analyzing 4)ANSWER questions 5)Establish FRAMEWORK 6)Direct our FOCUS MAJOR CONTEXTMAIN THEME Genesis 1-3Differences in DESIGN I Corinthians 11Difference in CREATION I Timothy 2Differences by FUNCTION Ephesians 5Christ’s Example of LEADERSHIP I Peter 2-3Christ’s Example of SUBJECTION Titus 2Striving to be a great HOUSE MANAGER Proverbs 31The wife’s exemplary ROLE Proverbs 5-7How women ENTICE men away I Corinthians 7Intimacy affected by SEPARATION Song of SolomonROMANCE in marriage is necessary Matthew 19UNFAITHFULNESS is expensive I Corinthians 13LOVE practically described

12 ORDER in the UNIVERSE God’s Way I Corinthians 11.3 GOD JESUS MAN WOMAN SUBMISSIONSUBMISSION HEADSHIPHEADSHIP Animals Genesis 1.28 Angels Psalm 8.5 Children Colossians 3.20

13 ORDER in the UNIVERSE God’s Way I Corinthians 11.3 GOD JESUS MAN WOMAN SUBMISSIONSUBMISSION HEADSHIPHEADSHIP Animals Genesis 1.28 Angels Psalm 8.5 Children Colossians 3.20 Angels Jude 1.6 Children Romans 1.30 Animals Genesis 1.28 MAN I Thess. 4.4 GOD

14 In Fertile Ground Continual Growth Environment Ephesians In the Right Location Total Healthy Environment Psalms Sunlight to Strengthen It God SOURCE of LIGHT I John 1.5-7; I Peter 3.7 Rain to Feed It Unselfish Nourishing Ephesians Branch Pruning Every Day Sins/Annoyances John Sometimes Root Pruning Major Issues Resolved and Sin Exorcized Ephesians Fruit Bearing Replicate/Repudiate Ephesians 6.4


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