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Spiritual, Sensible, Sensitive Husbands

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By Dr. Alan Cairns - Posted at Sermon Audio : Scripture Text: Ephesians 5 Sermon Info: The biblical model of a husband has rarely been popular. It is not often that you see a husband who is a "little Christ" to his family, a man of spiritual stature and genuine experience, a leader not a driver, a man whose strength is not proved by his brute force but by his faith in Christ and whose love reflects the glory of the Cross rather than the lechery of the world. In its place we have had such patterns as the ancient heathen domestic despot, the remote ruler of the Victorian Age or the absentee abdicator of responsibility that is so prevalent today. Never has there been a more urgent need for Christian husbands and fathers to recognize their God-given roles and by the grace of the God to fulfill them. Ephesians 5 gives us the most extended and detailed exposition of those roles and it is important to notice that before Paul mentions anything of the role of the father

Family and Finances - Part 3

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By Doug Greeley - Posted at Sermon Audio:     Scripture Text: Colossians 3:16 KJV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Please note this message is from March 2009. - ed.

Family and Finances - Part 2

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By Doug Greeley - Posted at Sermon Audio :     Scripture Text:   Matthew 6:19-34 KJV   19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:   20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:   21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.   22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.   23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!  24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.   25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye

Family and Finances - Part 1

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By Doug Greeley - Posted at Sermon Audio:     Scripture Text:    Psalm 34 (KJV)   (A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.)  1. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.   2. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.   3. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.   4. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.   5. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.   6. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.   7. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.   8. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.   9. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.   10. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that

Submissive Wives

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By Dr. Alan Cairns - Posted at Sermon Audio:   Sermon Info: Ephesians 5:21-33 deals with the respective roles and responsibilities of wives and husbands. Today we consider what Paul says about the proper attitude of a Christian wife. Verse 21 sets the tone of the entire passage: it is all about submission. The word translated "submit" means - to put oneself under another; - to subordinate one's position and interests to another's; - to yield to another's control, direction, advice, or admonition. As we come to this text, we must repudiate all the ideas of the world. This teaching is anathema to a worldly mind. But not to a spiritual mind. For a Christian wife, this is a matter of her - Holiness - for we are dealing with God's command; - Honor - for this is something most Christian wives vowed before God to do. - Happiness - for no-one can improve on God's provision for a happy home.

The Godly Family Life

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By Dr. Alan Cairns - Posted at Sermon Audio :   Sermon Info: Ephesians 5:22-33 is a key passage on marriage and the home. But we must not isolate it. Note where Paul places it in the Epistle: I. It is a part of the Christian WALK. A. Walk worthy of your vocation: 4:1 B. Walk in separation from the world: 4:17-19 C. Walk as those who are new creatures: 4:20-22 D. Walk as imitators of God: 5:1-14 1. As children of love: 5:1-7 Note the strong arguments against the lusts of the flesh 2. As children of light: 5:8-14 E. Walk in Wisdom: 5:15-17 F. Walk under the control of the Spirit: 5:18-6:9 1. Wives: 5:22-24 2. Husbands: 5:25-31 3. Children: 6:1-3 4. Fathers: 6:4 5. Servants: 6:5-8 6. Masters: 6:9 II. It is a preparation for Christian WARFARE: 6:10-20 A. The Adversary: 6:12 B. The Armor: 6:10-11,13-20

Picture of a Godly Marriage

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By Dr. Alan Cairns - Posted at Sermon Audio : Sermon Info: Ephesians 5:22-31 gives us the most detailed, doctrinal and devotional instruction on Christian marriage in the New Testament. It is all posited on a stated parallel between the marriage union and the union between Christ and His people. Why does Paul liken marriage to the union between Christ and His Church? Malachi 2:14-15 gives us an insight into the true answer. In context, the Lord was condemning betrayal and unfaithfulness, esp. in marriage. Despite a variety of explanations of v.15, the main lessons remain clear. Malachi gives three fundamental ideas that parallel the union of Christ and His Church. Link:  https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=223092024427

Living as Heirs Together of the Grace of God

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By Dr. Alan Cairns - Posted at Sermon Audio : Sermon Info When you consider the Lord's purpose in ordaining marriage and His design for it throughout the generations you will be prepared to find that He describes the homes of His people in rather exalted terms. This is not to say that His word does not recognize that the reality often falls short of the divine pattern. Remember David's confession -- the words of a man to whom God had given the promise that He would "build him a house" ( 2 Samuel 7:11 ) -- as he approached death: "Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow" ( 2 Samuel 23:5 ). However, God's promise stands sure and despite past failures and even current shortcomings we may take God at His word and claim His covenant promise, which centers on the coming of His Son. One of the most

Recommended Sermon: 'Everything is vain without Christ'

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By Douglas Somerset - Posted at Sermon Audio : Scripture Text: 1 Samuel 12:21 (KJV) 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. Aberdeen Free Presbyterian Church

The Mystery and Majesty of a Godly Marriage

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By Dr. Alan Cairns - Posted at Sermon Audio: Sermon Info: Class formed to respond to questions such as, 1. How do we put the gospel into operation in the context of our marriage relationships? 2. Specifically, how do we apply the gospel to issues that divide husbands and wives? 3. How do we apply it in tense situations, especially where there is bitterness, anger or deep misunderstanding? 4. How do we apply it to some of the most common challenges to marital harmony and happiness -- e.g. in areas such as finances? 5. What is the Bible's teaching on the role of husbands and wives in a marriage? 6. What do we do when a spouse refuses or neglects to fulfill his/her role? 7. How do we apply the gospel in the area of disciplining our children? 8. How may we best conduct family devotions? BACK TO BASICS 1. Why God ordained marriage a. Genesis 2 i. That Adam might have a help ii. That she might be his equal in worth and dignity iii. The together they might

John Calvin: The True Calling of Women (9)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Nine - Conclusion] The fruits of faith. And after that Paul hath spoken of faith, he sheweth the things which are always joined with faith, and are as it were unseverable, to wit, charity and holiness. How do we shew that we renounce the abominations of this world, and dedicate ourselves to God? Is it not by faith? What causeth us to join ourselves thus together in one, as brethren and sisters? Is it not when we know that God hath chosen us for his children? What is also the cause of that modesty, that we are not given to these follies of the world? Is it not because God hath called us to the heavenly inheritance, and sheweth us that they which cleave to this world never knew what true life and salvation meant? So then, let us mark, that both charity, holiness, and modesty proceed from faith. Works are not meritorious unto salvation. And yet to make an end we must mark also i

JOHN CALVIN: 'THE TRUE CALLING OF WOMEN' (8)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Eight] “If they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.“ Now let us come to that which he setteth down touching faith, and charity, sanctification, and modesty. I said before that this was to put a difference between the faithful and the heathen. For there have been found virtuous women among the heathen, yea, more virtuous (as touching the outward shew), than we shall oftentimes see among them which term themselves to be the Church of God. And therefore if women do their duty only as touching their housewifery, and taking pains about the house, it is not enough. For there are many (as I said) which had no religion, and yet notwithstanding, left not to have this virtue, which is praiseworthy, as touching the world. Therefore let us mark that this is not the chiefest matter, that women take such pains about their housewifery: but faith and charity must g

JOHN CALVIN: 'THE TRUE CALLING OF WOMEN' (7)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Seven] Profanation of holy matrimony. If this were well printed in the heart, no doubt there would appear a better shew in marriage than there doth. But what? There be very few that know what this meaneth, “ to serve God ,” and that ground themselves upon that point. And that it is so, when there is a marriage made here in the company of the faithful, do they for the most part which come to pass such an obligation and so solemn, know that God sitteth as chief amongst us, and that these promises are made in his name? Do they know this? No no: But the most part of them come hither like calves, and like beasts. Are they before the pulpit? They are so well instructed, that they can not tell what they say. If we speak of the husband’s office, and of the wife’s, they understand no more than beasts do. And if they hear any one word whereby they may be edified, we see that as soon

JOHN CALVIN: 'THE TRUE CALLING OF WOMEN' (6)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Six] Housewifery is service unto God. Therefore let women study this lesson day and night that first of all they may play the housewives. And if women were the most negligent in the world, yet is there here matter enough to awaken them, and to correct this idleness. And how? If we take pains, we serve God, and not men. Again, when a man seeth his wife employ herself all the day long to do her duty, let him also consider whereunto God hath called him, that he also for his part may do his duty. For a man is not born to idleness, nor a woman. Therefore (as I said) let women cast their eyes hither, for there is occasion enough to correct their slothfulness, when they shall see that the question is of serving God. And how? When they fall to kneading (as the proverb is) and apply themselves to good use, and flee not the subjection which God hath set them in: for this is to str

JOHN CALVIN: 'THE TRUE CALLING OF WOMEN' (5)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Five] Despisers of this blessed vocation. 1. The World. True it is notwithstanding, that such as are scoffers and scorners of God, will think it strange, that Paul speaking here of the salvation of women, bringeth them to this, that if when they be with child and take their grief patiently, and also the travail, and bring up their children, this is to come again into favour with God. But what? Let it be sufficient for us that the Holy Ghost who is a Judge good enough, hath so given sentence. And therefore let us not think it strange: for although men will judge vices and virtues according to their own fancy, yet it is God alone that must value our works, and tell what they are worth. Hath God condemned any thing? It is a wise matter for us to praise, it will serve to much purpose. On the other side, that which we set nothing by, God esteemeth it highly, and setteth much

JOHN CALVIN: 'THE TRUE CALLING OF WOMEN' (4)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Four] “Faith, charity, holiness, & modesty“ —her general calling. Yet notwithstanding, because there are good mothers to be found even amongst the Heathen women and Infidels, and will willingly take pains for their families, Paul thought it not enough to set down that which may be common to women that have no fear of God and religion. But saith that “they must have faith and charity, they must live godly, and have that modesty,” which was spoken of before. So then we may gather good doctrine out of this text, and profitable for all, as well men as women, to wit: that God meaneth not to confound us, when he layeth our sins before our faces, but only to humble us, seeing the presumption, which otherwise would be in us. Therefore God must needs pair the nails, as well of us men as women, and use violence against us, seeing it is otherwise hard to correct the pride and loftines

JOHN CALVIN: 'THE TRUE CALLING OF WOMEN' (3)

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Posted at  Purely Presbyterian: John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy [Part Three] A comfort: “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing“ Now let us come to that which followeth: “That the woman shall be saved by bearing of children, so that,” saith he, “she abide in the faith, and charity, and in holy life and modesty.“ It is not without cause, that Paul addeth this comfort, to soften this heaviness which women might have conceived by that which he said before [1 Tim. 2.14], to wit, that they in the person of Eve are the cause of the Fall, which is so miserable, as we see in all mankind. We are cursed of God, we are children of wrath, the devil ruleth over us, we are in slavery to everlasting death, there is nothing but corruption in our nature—to be short, we are clean over head and ears [ i.e. hopeless]. And who is the cause of all this? The women: they are made faulty in this matter, and God pronounceth this sentence against the