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QUESTION: AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE IN OUR ROLE OF RESPONSABILITY? WHAT SAY YOU?
“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT REAL MEN” HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL OUR DADS!!Real men are becoming a lost commodity. Men who know their role in the family, in society and the world are harder and harder to find. The feminist movement, which has entered its second generation, has failed utterly in its mission to liberate women but has caused many men to lose their sense of masculinity and purpose in marriage and the home. Most men, it would appear, have abdicated their role as family leaders under societal pressures initiated by the feminist movement. Today’s talk shows, classrooms and workplaces repeatedly are heard to advocate the creation of unisex or androgynous human beings with no difference in functions, despite the never-greater volumes of data about the physical and emotional differences between the sexes. The feminist goals include complete mutual decision-making and shared authority in the home, equal sharing of the role of supporting the family financially, and full sharing of home-making and child-care functions. This has been sold as a “fair” system and compared negatively with “traditional” arrangements where separate roles were identified for husbands and wives. While these “goals” have been identified and approved by society in general, the “results” have been catastrophic. Shared leadership concepts have resulted in no leadership because equality of authority is antithetical to the very concept of leadership. With the majority of women insisting on sharing in the income production role that once was the male domain, larger and larger numbers of children are being surrendered to the care of modem day “orphans homes” the day care center and the public school system. As biblical patterns for marriage roles and family life are abandoned there is emerging a rapid increase in sexual dysfunction in marriage and, sometimes, abandonment of natural sexual roles for homosexual perversions. Divorce and the broken home are now more normal in many communities than the intact family. And, without functioning families, children are left without the environment necessary to teach love, morality and personal responsibility. Our overburdened judicial and prison systems are but another manifestation of the end results. What is needed critically today are men who understand their purpose and roles as leaders of their families. Needed are men who carry out their God-ordained duties to wives and children. The Bible teaches, in passages like I Corinthians 11:3 and Ephesians 5:23, that husbands are to be the “heads” of their wives and families. To people who reject the Bible outright this means nothing but to those who respect God’s word it clearly asserts a husband’s leadership, authority to direct and rule in the home. By understanding the concept of “headship” one can see God’s wisdom. Just as a human body with two heads would be a paralyzed monstrosity so is the home with two heads. Men today need to re-learn what home leadership is all about. Issuing orders, receiving deference and respect may be a part of it but much, much more is involved. God tells the man to be the “provider” for his family in I Timothy 5:8. The authority given a man also calls for him to be a primary teacher and guide to the family, both in word and example. Unlike most typical homes today, God’s ideal home has the husband and father being the principal disciplinarian responsible for training, development, and correction of his children. Passages in the Bible like Ephesians 6:4 show a man he has this responsibility. When he abdicates this job or delegates it completely to his wife, he has failed. The real model for husband-like leadership is found in the example of Jesus himself, not in the macho-ism of the contemporary scene. Jesus led by love, sacrifice and submission of personal well-being and desires to the well-being of others. The feminist movement is not totally responsible for the negative attitudes toward male leadership in the home today. Men who have abused or abdicated their responsibilities in the past are partially the cause. But whatever the past failures and their causes, the crying need today is for men to re-assume their responsibilities and to lead, guide and love their wives and families through the morass of evils that today threaten our homes, nation and world. Leadership will not be easy in our unisex society. But, then, leadership never has been easy. Real men are needed for the task.
“The Legacy We Leave Our Children”
Intro.1. We are adept at raising monuments to events, places, people. 2. But, time fades memories (Eccl 1:11), and monuments become tarnished (cf. Statue of Liberty). 3. What do you want your legacy to be? a. Financial security to your children? cf. Eccl 2:18-19 b. Power? Can be abused (Solomon — Rehoboam). c. Prestige / Fame? It is certainly not long-lasting. 4. We can leave a memorial which won’t fade nor be tarnished — Christ living in the hearts and lives of our family and friends! 5. Parents: What kind of legacy are we leaving our children? Eph 6:4 -“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD… (Psa 127:3) I. THE LEGACY OF OUR LIFESTYLE, Psa 101:2. A. “An Example is the Best Teacher.” (Actions speak louder than words!) 1. Certainly true of family life. (Children will take on the character traits of their parents.) 2. Bible insists upon godly example being set for children within the home: a. They will learn by parents’ actions, Exo 12:25-27 (Passover) b. Their actions would provide opportunity to teach their children. (cf. Worship, morals, language, etc.) c. Neglect contributes to sin and ruin, 2 Chrn 30:26. 3. Where is there more need for our “lights to shine” than in our homes before our children?! Matt 5:14-16 B. “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.” 1. Losing battle when parents teach w/o living what they teach. 2. If good examples promote good character, then bad examples foster corrupt character, 1 Cor 15:33. 3. How do our children see us dealing with: a. Family quarrels (strife), cf. Eph 4:31-32; 5:22, 25. b. Honesty and integrity in work, cf. Eph 4:28; 6:5. c. Conflicts with neighbors, Rom 12:17-18. d. Relationships with brethren (backbiting, etc.), Jas 4:11. e. Priorities of Christianity, cf. Matt 6:33. 4. If our children see unrighteousness/hypocrisy in us they can be disillusioned with the gospel and Christianity! Col 3:21 C. “Christ in our Hearts – Faith in our Lives” (Eph 3:17). 1. Things of God, not worldliness, Col 3:1-2. 2. This must be the legacy we leave our children. II. THE LEGACY OF A WHOLESOME, SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT, Eph 6:4 (cf. 1 Sam 1:27-28). A. Put the Word Of God into Our Children’s Hearts, Deut 6:6-9. 1. What will achieve this? Daily Bible study and talk. a. Word must first be upon your heart, 6:6. b. Takes diligent, deliberate effort to train our chi1dren, 6:7. c. Consistency: Make Bible study a part of home’s routine, 6:7 d. Repetition: God’s word a constant part of life; 6:8-9. (Don’t assume a point once heard is forever learned!) e. Study yourself: You can’t impart what you don’t know! Plus, your example in this is vital. 2. Training doesn’t just happen; it takes effort, Prov 22:6. B. Worship Together, cf. Deut 12:12. 1. Make going to worship God a pleasant, joyful event — Not a dreaded burden. (By how we prepare, talk about it, etc.) 2. Set the pattern of its importance by removing all obstacles that can prevent your presence, Heb 10:25. 3. Sing, pray, study together at home – Worship isn’t confined to a church building! C. Insist on Godly, Moral Entertainment (for you and children). 1. Phil 4:8: “Garbage in, garbage out.” 2. Monitor Internet, TV, movies, music, etc. 3. Provide alternatives to school dances, swimming parties, etc. where immoral behavior occurs. III. THE LEGACY OF RESPECT FOR GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE, Matt 10:37. A. Be on the Lord’s Side When Decision Time Comes, Exo 32:25-26. 1. When our children are out by themselves (date, school, work), what will they do?! What we have taught them? 2. Joshua influenced his family to fear God above all else, Josh 24:15 (cf. Abraham, Gen 18:19). 3. On the other hand, Eli, in failing to stop his sons’ ungodly actions, honored them above God, 1 Sam 2:29; 3:13. 4. What a tribute, to know that your children will honor God’s will above all else because you taught them to do so!
Conclusion1. We must be concerned with the legacy we are leaving our children! 2. Epitaphs fade, memories fail and monuments erode, but the works of the righteous have a lasting impact on the world.
“BATTLEGROUNDS OF THE RIGHTEOUS”
1. 2 Tim. 4:7 – “The good fight” (1 Tim. 6:12). Every Christian a soldier!
2. Every fight is fought somewhere — BATTLEGROUND.
a. Battlegrounds are the places we must “fight” to build the kingdom of God – 2 Cor. 10:3-6 (battlegrounds the subject of this lesson).
3. Conflict not contrary to life of Christian – It is a part of his life!
a. Life of Jesus was constant “warfare!” (Jno. 2:13-16; 8:59; 10:31)
b. Paul was militant, used much military terminology.
c. Nehemiah – Wanted to rebuild walls of Jerusalem. Under his leadership the Jews had to fight on some of the same battlegrounds which we must make our stand today!
I. BATTLEGROUND # 1: RIDICULE & CRITICISM – Neh. 4:1-3, 6 (2:19-20).
A. Intended To Cause Us To Doubt Our Cause, Our God & Ourselves – 4:1-3; cf. Matt. 5:11-12; 1 Pet. 4:4, 14.
B. Jews’ Response – v. 4-6:
1. Prayer (v. 4-5).
2. A mind to work – So they did! (v. 6)
C. Common Battleground Today!
1. Acts 14:2 – Paul faced this problem.
2. Even those who should be helping in the work prefer to criticize / minimize the work others are doing!
3. We must pray – Phil. 4:6-7.
4. We must have a mind to work – 1 Pet. 3:13-17; Gal. 6:9.
–If allow R/C to keep us from doing God’s will-Satan winning battle!
II. BATTLEGROUND # 2: OPEN WARFARE – Neh. 4:7-23.
A. Physical Threats – 4:8, 11—Jews’ Attitude: We Are Ready!
1. v. 13-14 – Armed – Trusting in God.
2. v. 15-16 – Worked – Constantly prepared to meet any challenge.
B. As They Stood Prepared, So Must We!
1. Man are declaring open warfare on the church today:
–Challenge our name (church of Christ, Rom. 16:16); our worship (innovations, Jno. 4:24); baptism for r of s (Acts 2:38); our moral standards (modesty, honesty, purity, Tit. 2:11-12; 1 Jno. 2:15); the Bible as inspired/authoritative (2 Tim. 3:16-17); creation & God Himself (evolution, humanism).
2. By open warfare mean honest, sincere, gentlemanly defense of truth! (Phil. 1:16)
III. BATTLEGROUND # 3: INTERNAL TROUBLE – Neh. 5:1-13.
A. Mistreatment Of Brethren Complained Against & Corrected.
1. Oppression to obtain food to live – 5:1-5.
2. Rebuke & resolution – 5:6-13.
3. Nehemiah dealt w/ problem in a direct, straightforward way – v. 6ff.
B. Factiousness / Strife Will Destroy A Good Work – Gal. 5:13-15, 20, 25-26.
1. Illus.: In any marriage “little problems” arise–Must be dealt with. How they’re handled determines how successful the marriage is.
2. Same true w/ local church – How handled & settled could determine whether or not we win the battle! (Acts 6:1-6; 20:29- 30).
IV. BATTLEGROUND # 4: COMPROMISE – Neh. 6:1-3 (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
A. Compromise Occurs When We Doubt Our Work – cf. v. 3.
1. Nehemiah knew his work was great & right!
2. cf. 2 Tim. 1:12 – Paul was fully persuaded! Are we?!
3. Those who doubt the truth are vulnerable to compromise.
B. Compromise Occurs When We Are Afraid – 6:4-9.
1. Effort to blackmail Nehemiah with lies.
2. Mk. 8:38; Matt. 10:28; Heb. 13:6 – Men can do nothing to us that robs us of our salvation — Only we can do that (by fearing man rather than God!).
C. Compromise Occurs When We Trust In Our Own Strength – Neh. 6:15-16; cf. Phil. 4:13; Rom. 8:31, 35-37 (God is our strength!)
Prov. 24:10: In the day of adversity will we be strong in the Lord & the strength of His might?! (Eph. 6:10)