Great Sermon! Thanks for the message brother. I have been doing a study on the church in our adult SS class, and the way you handled the matter of the relationship between elders and members was very insightful. I am at the point in the study where this particular issue needs to be addressed. I want to be cautious in handlIng the issue (as I feel you were) in a way that speaks of the authority delegated to the office of elder by Christ, yet not appearing self serving or defensive. I appreciate the way you did this, and will definitely glean from your insights.
Great Sermon! Many expositors of Revelation concentrate on the interpretation of symbolism and relating the various visions to the history of the church or the world. But in this series Mark gets to the heart of the matter - the subject of the book, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I find this series a great help in my own understanding of Revelation.
Let's see... you can't put a puzzle together without a male and a female end. You can't run a vacuum without putting the male end into the female plug. Cows and all the other farm animals understand simple logic and can figure out what body parts are for. All other entry ways have entrance and exits... so what's all the confusion about??
Planned parenting is equal to abortion because whether you abort one or refuse to have one the motive is the same - unwanted children! You have heard what was said of old thou shalt not murder but I say to you if you wish someone not live then you are a murderer at heart.
What is worse than a woman not wanting children? Dead beat men who lack skills to be a father, husband, provider, protector, andleader. If I was a woman and had to pick from the sports playing, Wii playing, immature sex driven boy whether this boy is 11 or 32, I wouldn't get married either. The problem is dead beat Adams not surviving Eve's. It's sad when men become nothing more than a private part. The women get educated and provide for their families while men stay at home uneducated playing sports every weekend and their Wii game all week. I wouldn't have children and marry a child either. When will men become men and be someone a woman would want to marry. Woman are judged because of abortion and then men who got them pregnant get a free pass. Why would any woman want to be with a man after we treat women so unjustly. The world won't change until men change. God created a patriarchal society and society will fail when it become matriarchal because women will then stop having babies and you need babies.
Good! Now all people can sit under the word of God and hear and believe. I hope many gays will come to these groups hear the Gospel and repent. The problems come when they begin to dictate what we can teach and what we can't. I have no problem with gays coming to church or a church group to hear the word of God. I am sure this is not the motive behind the ruling but praise God none the less - All gays can come and hear the word of God!! There is nothing wrong with men loving men. I have several men that i love dearly. The issue is sexual sin and the lust in their heart and that includes gays and heterosexuals.
I must admit that after I've graduated from a SBC Seminary I had the sense that God loved the lost more than he loved his own children. I met a local Pastor who boasts of persecution because he was fired for being evangelistic. He said the congregation confronted him because he never took care of their needs and was always preaching evangelism and trying to reach the lost. The congregation said "It seems you love the lost more than you love us." To which the Pastor replied, "I do." What grows the church and the big head of the Pastor? Numbers... Baptisms... Evangelism is used more for the ego if the Pastor than for the knowledge of the Glory of God. It is hard to find a healthy balance between evangelism and discipleship.