In Psalm 2 we see:
I. Humanity's Opposition to Yahweh's rule is futile. v. 1-3
II. Yahweh's Response to Human Opposition is Decisive v.4-6
III. Yahweh Has Issued Sure Decrees Regarding his Son v.7-9
IV. Yahweh Declares the Necessity of Submission to the Son – v.10-12
Submission to the Son is the avenue of joy, please, and usefulness.
Learning Who and How to Fight
Yes, don't be caught off guard, blindsided or unaware…
Self (flesh) — Mortify
Society's System— Hate
Satan — Resist
And as brother James reminds us:
"But He gives MORE grace. [This is] why He said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).
(2 Corinthians 4:7-18 ; 12:7-10 ; James 4:6-10 ; Romans 5:1-5 ; 1 Peter 1:6-9 and 5:5-11 ; Titus 2:11-14)
A few bullet points from the transcription of this message.
• Spiritual condition and cancer diagnosis.
◦ Pastor Nick Holden shared his personal experience with cancer and how it revealed a deeper spiritual condition, using the analogy of a blood test to illustrate the importance of self-examination.
◦ Brother Holden and his friends discussed the idea of corruption and how it affects us all, with Holden sharing his own struggles with a blood disorder and the importance of seeking God's glory in our lives.
◦ Pastor Nick discusses interacting with people while out and about, and how he prefers to engage with others rather than being on his phone.
• Humility and submission in Christian life.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of being under orders and working together in harmony, with humility and meekness, to fulfill one's assignment.
◦ James encourages younger people to submit themselves to their elders and work together in unity, with humility and teachability, to fulfill their assignments…
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Everyone has an identity--it is who you see yourself as and your identity is impacted by the words you hear and the words you say about yourself. Identity defines us but must be differentiated from your job and/or your calling, because God longs for all people to have a clarity about their identity and find their identity in Christ, Indeed, at its core, identity can be summed up in four words about a person's relationship with the LORD, We are first, bond-servants who choose indentured servitude over freedom. Second, by choosing servitude God adopts us as His sons and daughters. Third, as a result of being sons, we become friends of God and ultimately lovers of God.
Commandments 6,7,8 of progressive Christianity says Christianity is more about the "journey" than right belief, that meeting needs is more important than upholding the institution of the church, and that peacemaking is more important than power. Again the root problem is their denial of the authority of Scripture which tells us how the Christian should live, that the church is the means by which we are united to Christ, and that peace will not come unless one submits themselves to the authority of Christ and His church.
Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 48
123. What is the second petition?
"Thy kingdom come;" that is, so govern us by Thy Word and Spirit, that we submit ourselves to Thee always more and more; preserve and increase Thy Church; destroy the works of the devil, every power that exalts itself against Thee, and all wicked devices formed against Thy Holy Word, until the fullness of Thy kingdom come, wherein Thou shalt be all in all.
Hebrews 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Eph. 4:11-16 – Church Membership (1) – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ has constructed His Church to assemble together in local groups with ordained Elders.
Need: Church government is hardly understood in the Church today, and many so-called churches no longer have membership, and many who claim to be Christians refuse to join as members either due to bad experiences in previous churches, conviction that membership is unbelief, or simple un-submissiveness. The issue is very serious and the Church is on the brink of losing her form and identity due to disobedience.
Theme: God commands His people to submit to Elders who shepherd their souls, and holds those ruling Elders accountable for how well they shepherd His sheep.
The Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption in Christ.
God initiates redemption, bringing us to repentance and faith (justification) and then growing us in faith and good works (sanctification) until He returns (glorification).
Baptism initiates one into the visible church, but when joining a different local/particular church, submission to the Eldership of the church must be officially formalized.
There are very few righteous grounds for members leaving their particular/local church, or for Elders to leave the flock God has called them to shepherd.
Is my heart crying, not my will, but thine be done?" This
should always be the cry of our hearts in our prayers unto
our Father and our God! That shows sincere and genuine
humility and submission to God's will and not yours.
That's why it's so good for you to keep Matthew 6 and Luke
11 close to your heart before and when you pray. The Lord
Jesus taught each of you RIGHT HERE HOW TO PRAY!
Work is an exchange. We give labor in return for a well-earned reward. This reward isn't always a paycheck. Fathers and mothers give themselves in exchange, with God's help, for the reward of fair compensation. Diligent parenting can bring great joy (Prov. 15:20; 29:15). A similar principle holds true for volunteer work. All worthy work is undertaken in the hope of bearing some fruit for yourself or others.
Clearly it doesn't work this way with God. We approach him not as workers demanding compensation (Rom. 4:1–5) but as children held in his firm hand. But the fact that Paul has to make a distinction with how we approach God confirms the transactional nature of ordinary labor.
Here's the problem: especially in our day many people feel entitled to a good life regardless of what they are able to give in exchange. Many people take it as a given that they will have a better standard of living than their parents. But we think too little of what we have to offer the world, what we are bringing to the bargaining table. Put bluntly, "You need to be good at something before you can expect a good job."
And this is not an unspiritual matter. Being "good at something" is lauded in the Scriptures from cover to cover. Proverbs 31 is a prime example. It is no wonder that her household flourished; she is a picture of godly wisdom, character, and competence. What we should ask is, "How did she become the woman extolled as the premier example of everything taught in the previous 30 chapters of Proverbs?" How can young people come to have something to offer?
"Workplace Submission" – Eph. 6:5-9
I. The duty of slaves
A. Slavery in the Bible (Ex. 21:26-27; 1 Cor. 7:20-23; Phm. 1:8-18)
B. Slaves be obedient to your masters (1 Pet. 2:18-21)
C. With fear and trembling (Prov. 29:25; Lk. 12:4-5; 1 Pet. 3:5-6,
13-15; Php. 2:12-13; 1 Pet. 1:17)
D. In the sincerity of your heart
II. As to Christ
A. Knowing that Christ has appointed our work and our sufferings (Prov. 21:1; Mt. 10:29-31; Rom. 8:28; 2 Sam. 16:10-12; 2 Sam. 7:12-14)
B. Not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers (Col. 3:23-24; 1 Tim. 6:1)
C. But as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart (Lk. 1:38; Rom. 1:1)
D. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men
E. Rewarded by Christ
III. The duty of masters
(Mt. 7:12; Lev. 25:43)
*Eph. 4:1-3; Gal. 3:26-29
In this crucial passage, 1 Thes. 2:13, we see:
I. The preachers' gratitude for the Thessalonians' attitude
II. The Thessalonians' Reception of the Revelation
A. They recognized its true source was from God himself.
III. The Working of the Word in the Thessalonian believers
IV. The Word is Working Today