I've decided to start this blog back. I though about what I would jumpstart this blog and several ideas came to mind. I toyed with the idea of a topical study or even an inductive study. Those are my favorites to do. After much consideration and prayer, I have decided that it will be over the life of Jesus and His sayings.
He said many things during His time here and many of them are taken out of context or completely wrong. I would like to take some time to write, reflect, and ask some questions about what He said. How does what He said have to do with life today? After all, he was alive some 2,000 years ago and things have changed right?
First, I am not a Bible scholar. I am just a guy that has read the Bible for many years and listened to a lot of sermons. I've read a book or two but don't claim to be an expert. I am just trying to live life as I should with the Bible as my guide. I welcome comments and questions.
Here are some questions that I will cover in our Family Worship time on 31 July.
What is peace? Where does peace come from?
Have you ever went to bed at night and couldn't sleep? Psa. 4:8
Where do we get peace? Psa. 119:165; Prov. 3:1-2, 16:7; Jn. 14:27; Rom. 5:1, 8:6
You will have joy when you plan peace. Prov. 12:20
When we become a follower of Christ, we are at war with our sin nature but it is only through Jesus Christ that we will know peace in our lives. Eph. 2:14-16. How does Christ give us this peace?
How does Paul describe peace of God? Phil. 4:5-9.
How could peace be part of the armor of God? Eph. 6:15
This Sunday we will talk about our speech and what the Bible has to say about how we talk to and with others. I will post some questions Tuesday for you to look over in preparation for this time together. I will also post some thoughts and comments Thursday too.
John outlines in chapter one the fallacy of the feminist movement. The movement of woman usurping God’s plans goes back to the original sin of Eve and Satan. Satan was determined to undermine God’s creation and convinced Eve that she did not have to follow God’s instructions, which were handed down to her by Adam. God had designed the perfect relationship between Himself and His creation, Adam and Eve.
The feminist movement has attempted to persuade everyone that there are no differences between men and women. If you want to become more spiritual then you must become more feminine. The phrase “get in touch with your feminine side” has been used to tell men to be more sensitive. Due to the feminist movement, women are now in roles of leadership that should be filled by men. Men were created to be leaders and should assume the role of leadership. Instead, men have given over their role of leadership to women and are not fulfilling their roles that God intended them to fill.
Where did feminism originate? The early believers had to deal with the idea and Paul addressed them as Gnostics. So, who were the Gnostics and what did they believe? They were a group of people that believed that God had made a mistake creating the world and that He was not in control once He created the earth. He accidentally gave divine life to mankind and lost control of His creation. Eve is credited with saving Adam. Dame Wisdom that entered the snake and taught Eve true wisdom and then she taught Adam. To further pull us into the ideology of Gnosticism, it is further taught that God is neither male nor female. The term used is androgynous.
Gnosticism today is called the New Age Movement. Many radical feminists subscribe to this idea of thinking and are influencing many aspects of our lives. New Age author Charlene Spretnak’s book The Politics of Women’s Spirituality published by Doubleday in 1992. The book calls for an end to “Judeo-Christian religion by a feminist movement nourished on goddess-worship paganism, and witchcraft that succeeds in overthrowing the global rule of men”
What are your thoughts about the feminist movement? How has it affected your life? How has it affected the way you deal with people of the opposite sex?
Here are some questions to start the study on the roles of men and women from a Biblical perspective. Post your thoughts and opinions on these questions and we will see where the study takes your thoughts and opinions over the next few weeks.
1. Before there was sin in the world, what was the relationship between Adam and Eve?
2. What sins did Adam and Eve commit at the Fall? Describe their sins.
3. Because of their sin, sin entered the world and perverted the role of men and women. How has it affected the relationship between men and women?
4. Since the Fall, the relationship between men and women changed. What changes were the result of the Fall?
5. How is Satan attacking God's design today?
6. Based on the Gnostic view of men and women, what did they teach? Are those ideas still being taught today?
Here's a practical assignment for you to complete and discuss with someone. List all the people that you are in submission to. These people could include family, business associates, or people that you have never met. Then make a list of people that you are in authority over. Next to each name, write down if you are in authority or submission to them and then whether it is easy, challenging, difficult, or some other descriptive word.
Next week, we will discuss how the world has perverted God's design for men and women and the attacks facing us each day as believers.