This sermon introduces us to three men who struggled in various ways with doubt and discouragement. The father of a son with an unclean spirit: “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:14-29). A leper: “If you will you can make ...Read More »
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I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)
Annoyances. Frustrations. Disagreements. Misunderstandings. Short tempers.
If you're human, you can relate. And because human homes are made up of human beings, the atmosphere of our homes is sometimes polluted with relational smog. In such moments, the last word on our minds may be "gentleness."
Of the many prophecies Jesus fulfilled, consider this one:
___ He will not quarrel or cry aloud, _____ nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; ___ a bruised reed he will not break, _____ and a smoldering wick he will not quench. (Matt 12:19-20)
Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). It is "put on" by those who have dedicated themselves to holiness (Col 3:12). It is a sign of growth in character. The gentle man or woman has left behind childish foolishness (Tit 3:3) and is manifesting maturity in the determination to "speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, to show perfect courtesy toward all people" (Tit 3:2). In other words, gentleness doesn't "come naturally." Gentleness is a choice. The choice to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. Who did not quarrel. Whose voice did not echo in unrighteous anger from across the street. Who did not maliciously break the broken reed or selfishly quench the smoldering wick.Read More »
Psalm 78 is A Maskil of Asaph. It is built on the foundational importance of leaving a legacy. ___ Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; ______ incline your ears to the words of my mouth! ___ I will open my ...Read More »
In April-June of 2013 we’re engaged in an adult Bible class at Laurel Canyon called The Nature of God. Video of Lesson 5 (The Triune Nature of God) can be viewed below. We’re using The Nature of God suite of materials ...Read More »
“...women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control… with what is proper for women who profess godliness---with good works” (1 Tim 2:8-10).
“...respectful and pure conduct… let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit… this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves…” (1 Pet 3:1-6).
The Vocabulary Our Heavenly Father Has Given His Children
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality…” (Gal 5:16-21).
- Modest: well-arranged, orderly, decent.
- Shamefacedness: a sense of shame, a reverence that restrains one from a shameful act.
- Sobriety: soundness of mind, self-control, good sense.
- Chaste: pure from fault or self-centered carnality.
- A gentle and quiet spirit: meek, causing no danger or harmful disturbance to others.
- Lewdness: that which excites or stirs up lustful thoughts within another.
- Lasciviousness: lustful or indecent bodily movements; the unchaste handling of others.
- Holy: separated from the filthy and dedicated to walking in the will of God.
- Godliness: to be like God in our character, choices, and actions.
- The exposing of our “unpresentable parts” is shameful (1 Cor 12:23-24).
- Walking in or promoting sensuality is improper (Rom 13:11-14).
- We must not be afraid or ashamed to be distinctive (1 Pet 1:13-16).
- Our influence on the hearts of others must not be taken for granted (1 Pet 2:11-12).
- Modesty is first and foremost an attitude (Prov 4:23).
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