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As a priest, I'm tired of a political battle that distracts from the gospel.Rick Warren’s Saddleback church recently made headlines by ordaining three female leaders. I was grateful to see these women recognized and lent both the public authority and institutional accountability that comes from ordination. But when I read the news, I also thought with a heavy sigh, “Oh, here we go again.” I knew the debate about women’s roles in the church would dominate conversation all week, and I could already predict the rutted arguments I’d hear recited over and over.Here’s an open secret: You know who hates talking about women’s ordination? Female pastors. Not all of us, of course. Some women have a special unction to debate this topic, and honestly, more power to them.But the reality is that few of us become pastors in order to talk about women’s ordination. We get ordained because the gospel has captured our imaginations. We get ordained to witness to the beauty and truth of Jesus. We get ordained to serve the church in the ministry of Word and sacrament. (And, for the record, don’t get ordained for any “cause” other than the ministry of Word and sacrament. Nothing else is worth it.)I wasn’t always in favor of women’s ordination. Until my 30s, I was a so-called soft complementarian. But I was also a woman in ministry. People in my church assumed that I’d eventually marry a pastor (as an unofficial way “in” to vocational ministry for laywomen). I interned at a Southern Baptist church in its youth group and a PCA church in “mercy ministries,” working among immigrants, the homeless, and the poor. Then I went to seminary, discovered I loved and had a knack for theological study, and eventually worked ...Continue reading...
Temple Baptist Church - 5-9-2021Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12 Introduction: The Fifth Commandment - Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. A. Today is Mother's Day! If your mother or mother-in-law is living, I pray that you will visit or call them on their special day. B. I want to begin this message by honoring and thanking our dear ladies. Your pastor loves and respect each of you because you are both special and important to the operation and well-being of this local church. I do not minimize your contributions and service for the Lord. C. Our verse for today is one of great importance because it is the first commandment given with a promise. Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the earth! D. The woman was the first gift that God gave to man is found in Genesis, chapter 2. Adam had a special need to diminish his loneliness and Eve was a special gift to meet that need. Adam lived in a perfect environment in an imperfect way and God saw his need of companionship. Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. E. Eve was Purposed. God made Eve in Adam on the day that Adam was created! I want to look at a couple of passages of interest. Genesis 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; (2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 1. I find this interesting because it would have been logical that, since God created Eve in Adam, that He would have made them come forth at the same time. Though Eve was created in Adam when Adam was formed, there was an expanse of time that lapsed before God took a rib from Adam and made Eve. 2. God knew that Adam would need Eve before Adam ever got lonesome! God knew that Adam could not function properly without Eve. 3. I thought this one over and came up with this: God wanted Adam to know that he needed Eve! I love Mother's Day, but every day should be “Mother's Day!” May the Lord help us men and children to know just how special mom is. F. There are three names found in Genesis that were given to Eve. Two were given by God and one was given by Adam: 1) help meet 2) mother 3) Eve. 1. Help meet – “to aid” and the “opposite part” or “counterpart.” The “mirror image” which is both the same and the exact opposite. Eve was man's “completer.” Without Eve, man was lonely. With Eve, man knew the fulness of life and companionship. 2. Mother – “bond.” The word “mother” is described as a “primitive word.” The word “mother” means “to bond.” Mother is as old as time. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Cleave-To bond. Cling, adhere, or to stick to.) 3. Eve – “life giver.” Because she was the “mother of all living.” Mother not only gives birth to the children but she is also the “bond” of all living. We know that she is the bond of the home but she is also the bond of every person who was ever born. Other than Adam and Eve, we have all had a mother! God chose for the mother to bond with her unborn child for 9 months: hearing her heart beat and listening to her voice! 4. What makes Eve and all other mothers so special is that they not only give us birth but are always there with us and for us the rest of our lives. I understand that there are some mothers who forsake their families, but the rule is that mom is always there for her family. The father is the head but the mother is the heart! The father is the head but the mother is the bond! Without mother, the home becomes a house. G. Eve was the Perfection of God's creation. The first woman was everything that God intended for woman to be. She was the pinnacle; she was the zenith; she was the apex; she was the benchmark; she was to be the role model for all womanhood to follow; she was made by God and she was perfect! H. Eve was the Priority of happiness! It was not good for the man to be alone so God made a helpmeet for him. Everything God made was perfect except for Adam. Adam had a need! She was what Adam needed first and foremost. Eve was so special! Made just for Adam. It was not Adam that sought a helpmeet; it was God who gave her. I want to say again this morning, “Ladies, God made you special!” I want to give you a few simple things about Adam and Eve: J. If you have a mother: 1. Love Her - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 5:18-19 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Men, love your wife! Children, love your mother!) 2. Honor Her - 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (Honor means to place upon a pedestal. To worship and reverence her. Be careful how you treat your wife, husband! Be careful how you treat your mother, young person!) Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. (Be careful how you talk to her! You disrespect mama and you get in trouble with God!) Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (Place her on a pedestal in both the home and in public.) 3. Remember Her - Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Sometimes her labor, love, and strength go unnoticed by her family. If you have a good, loving, faithful, conscientious wife—be grateful and thankful. Never take your wife or mother for granted because they will not always be here.) Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 4. Relish Her – Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. (Make every day with her a special day. One day, she will be here no longer! When she is gone, make sure that you have no regrets! I miss greatly mom and dad.) 5. Take Care of Her – John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (The last act of our Lord Jesus Christ was to make sure that mother was cared for in the best way possible. The disciple “whom he loved.”) Conclusion: Again, I want to wish each dear lady here this morning a very special Mother's Day. You deserve it!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-2-20212 Peter 1:16-21 Introduction: A. The Importance of your Bible: 1. My Salvation depends upon it. My salvation cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 2. Sound Doctrine demands it. My doctrine cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 3. My Christian growth necessitates it. I cannot grow to spiritual maturity if my diet is flawed. 4. My Daily Walk counts on it. I cannot follow right if I am not sure of my path. B. There is much misinformation out there about who I am: Ignorant and Unlearned (I may give them the benefit of the doubt on this point); Cultic; Divisive; Following men instead of God. C. Why do I believe the Bible? Because what God says about the Bible in the Bible. THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT! 1. I am a Bible Believer! I am a Biblicist: one who completely relies upon the singular of Bible. What the Bible says is right and final. Plus nothing, minus nothing, and mixed with nothing. 2. What angered the “educated and wise crowd” of Jesus' day was that men who spoke the Word of God, for the most part, were ignorant and unlearned men who just believed God. Those who came to Christ, for the most part, were poor people who were rich in faith. D. This message is not about me, it is about you. I never want to cast a shadow of a doubt upon the Bible, this Authorized King James Bible. I want you to believe it, read it, live by it, and measure every man and his message by it. E. One of the most important parts of the pastor's work is to instill complete confidence in concerning your Bible. To do otherwise is both sinful and counterproductive to faith.F. Do not take my word alone for it, read what God said about the Word of God, your Bible. 1. God's' Word is Inspired by God! 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (Moved – to carry, to bring forth, to be driven. Verbal inspiration: every word; plenary inspiration: full from cover to cover.) 2. God's Word is Preserved by God! Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Preserve – to keep a monument, a watcher. This is a God Book, not a man book. The King James Bible is the Word of God.) 3. God's Word continues in its Preservation and Inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:13-17 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (Timothy had only 2 Original Manuscripts that I know of, 1 and 2 Timothy. All the Word of God that he had been brought up with—what he was taught, what he knew, what he believed, and what he personally taught were preserved copies, not original manuscripts. God called his copies “holy scriptures” and declared them to be “inspired.”) 4. God's Word is Necessary for our life. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (We cannot live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Why would Jesus make such a statement if we do not have it? “Proceedeth” because it was not completed at that time but today it is finished.) 5. God's Word is Unfailing. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (The last time I looked, heaven and earth were still here. Infallible! That is where I stand.) 6. God's Word is Very Pure. Psalms 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (No mixture of error. Inerrant! That is where I stand.) 7. God's Word is Protected. Three Sentinels in the Bible: Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (I fear that many preachers and teachers take these statements lightly. They add to and take away from the Word of God as their “bibles” change.) 8. God's Word is both Living and Abiding. 1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 9. God's Word is both Preserved and Sure for our generation.2 Peter 1:16-19 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Conclusion: I thank God for my Bible. It is one of a kind and there is not another for the English-speaking people. It will not confuse you and it will not fail you. You and I Must Have It! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Contemporary debates over proposed legislation like the Equality Act and over COVID-19 church restrictions draw attention to the so-called “first freedom” listed in the Bill of Rights—religious freedom. This core right in the U.S. Constitution has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and passed down to contemporary Americans intact.But as debates over how Christians and those of other faiths should live out their faith in the public square increase, questions about religious freedom will remain relevant. Understanding how religious freedom became a core value of the American Founders is critical to understanding its place in the United States today.Here are four reasons that Americans in the Revolutionary era valued religious freedom and protected it for future generations:1. The truth concerning religion is deeply important.In advocating for religious freedom, its proponents did not embrace moral relativism. Isaac Backus, a Baptist preacher, argued that it is precisely because there is objective truth concerning religion that every individual deserves the freedom to discover that religious truth for themselves. Backus wrote:The true liberty of man is, to know, obey and enjoy his Creator, and to do all the good unto, and enjoy all the happiness with and in his fellow-creatures that he is capable of; in order to which the law of love was written in his heart, which carries in its nature union and benevolence to being in general, and to each being in particular, according to its nature and excellency, and to its relation and connection to and with the supreme Being, and ourselves.For Backus and others of his day, part of the definition of liberty itself is the freedom for an individual to “know, obey and enjoy his Creator.” Thus, policies protecting the ability to seek religious truth were a natural extension of this understanding of truth and the freedom to pursue it.2. Respect for individuals’ consciences.Former diplomat Tom Farr argues that human nature “impels us to seek answers to profound questions about ultimate things. If we are not free to pursue those answers… we cannot live a fully human life.” Many of the American Founders understood religious freedom in much the same way.The Virginia Declaration of Rights, adopted by the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1776, was drafted by George Mason and was influential when Tomas Jefferson was drafting the Declaration of Independence. The Virginia Declaration of Rights stresses the importance of religious freedom to each individual’s conscience:That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.The declaration affirms the importance for all individuals to choose their religious beliefs for themselves, according to the “dictates of conscience.” This highlights how the lack of religious freedom is a very personal assault on the rights of every individual. It is wrong for the government to try to control what goes on in someone’s head, heart, or soul.John Leland, a Baptist minister, argued for robust conscience protections and asserted that the state had no right to be involved in religion in part because every individual must make himself right with God and no government can answer for the souls of men. In 1791, Leland said:It would be sinful for a man to surrender that to man which is to be kept sacred for God. A man’s mind should be always open to conviction, and an honest man will receive that doctrine which appears the best demonstrated; and what is more common than for the best of men to change their minds?Creating a political order with a state-established religion is not fair to the children and grandchildren who will come later because it may violate their conscience, which was not free to choose their faith since it was mandated by the government.3. Establishment of religion is harmful for religion.Many early American pastors were at the forefront of societal protests against the establishment of religion. They did so not for secular but religious reasons. Backus famously argued that a legally established religion or church corrupts “the purity and life of religion.”Many religious leaders promoted religious freedom not just because the freedom to believe affects the conscience of individual Christians, but because the state establishment of religion can have negative affects on the established religion itself. When a state forces religious practice, it waters down churches with individuals who do not truly believe but rather are practicing the faith externally because they are compelled to do so.Utilizing the force of government to require individuals to practice a religion is ineffective at making true religious believers. In 1675, William Penn said, “force makes hypocrites, ‘tis persuasion only that makes converts.”Religious persecution doesn’t only harm those outside the religious majority, it harms the authentic practice of the majority religion. This makes the establishment of a state religion not only pointless, but also oppressive and detrimental to the religion the government associates with.4. All people are equal under the law.George Washington affirmed the inherent natural right to freedom of religion in a letter to a Jewish congregation. While president, he told the congregation, “For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” Washington strongly repudiates religious persecution and emphasizes the equality of all religious groups and believers under the law.***The embrace of religious freedom has contributed to what makes the United States unique in the world. Wherever religious freedom is not protected around the world, oppression and misery clouds society.The world is better off because of the successful example of religious freedom that the United States has set. America’s promotion of international religious freedom has released religious prisoners, rebuilt religious communities devastated by genocide, and offered hope to the oppressed. This serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining religious freedom here at home. Our Founders enshrined robust religious freedom protections into law because they believed everyone’s right to seek the truth and live according to their beliefs was deeply important. This is worth protecting—for ourselves, for future generations, and for those around the world relying on our advocacy on their behalf.
First Baptist Church in Dallas will be serving as a vaccine clinic on May 16 and then again on June 13 so that members of the megachurch can easily receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
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