Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Discipline and Instruction of the Lord - Nathan Rages

Eph. 6:4  "Fathers, ... bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." 

This sermon discusses these two crucial and complementary parenting activities: discipline and instruction.  Both activities must be done "of the Lord", meaning that Christ-centeredness is essential.  Children are forming their understanding of the Lord Jesus and the Christian life from what they're observing in their parents' daily walk with Christ.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Don't Exasperate Your Children - Nathan Rages

Col. 3:21​ Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
Eph. 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger... 

Ways we might exasperate / provoke our children:
1. Too many rules.
2. Inconsistent discipline.
3. Angry discipline.
4. Pressure to achieve.
5. Too little encouragement
6. Suppressing individuality.
7. Overprotection.
8. Violating their privacy.
9. Favoritism.
10. Emotional coldness.
11. Unkind words.
12. Physical abuse.

What then should we do when we fail?

Sunday, February 21, 2021

God's Message to Children - Nathan Rages

Eph 6:1-3 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 

This message was preached directly to the children in the congregation, using the following outline: 

Things you must DO:
 1.  Obey your parents. v1
 2.  Honor your parents. v2

Reasons WHY you should do them:
 1. Because it is right. v1
 2. Because you will have a long happy life. v3
 3. Because you love Jesus. v1

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Necessity of Christian Labor - Jess Schmid

The Lord, throughout the Scriptures, is calling His people to flee from the lazy tendencies of our culture and devote themselves to diligent effort for His glory and kingdom.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Great "One Flesh" Mystery - Nathan Rages

Ephesians 5:31​-32 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 

This new "one flesh" relationship...
1. Changes other relationships.
2. Involves intimate oneness.
3. Lasts for a lifetime. 

Each of these concepts applies *both* to the Lord Jesus with His church and to Christian marriages.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Husband, Sanctify and Care for Your Wife - Nathan Rages

Husbands are called to imitate Christ's perfect example in (1) sanctifying His bride in anticipation of her glorification and (2) caring for her by "nourishing and cherishing" her as His own body.

Eph. 5:26-30 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Husbands Lead and Love - Nathan Rages

Eph. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 
Eph. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Promise of the Spirit's Outpouring - John Dees

Isaiah 44:3 ​​​​​​​​For I will pour water on the thirsty land, ​​​​​​​and streams on the dry ground; ​​​​​​​I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, ​​​​​​​and my blessing on your descendants. ​​​ 

This wonderful promise was fulfilled at Pentecost and applies throughout the New Covenant era.  It should give particular encouragement to praying believers, needy believers, and unbelievers.

Monday, January 11, 2021

A Word to Wives - Nathan Rages

Eph. 5:22​-24 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. 

1. The submission command and its broad scope. 
2. Things the command does *not* mean:
    Women are inferior to men.
    Women must submit to all males.
    A wife must always agree with her husband.
    A wife must endure physical abuse.
    A wife must disobey God. 
3. Encouragements in obeying the command:
    By submitting to your husband, you’re actually submitting to the Lord.
    Your husband’s headship is God’s design from Creation.
    Your husband, if he’s at all Christ-like, will be sacrificially loving you.
4.  Thoughts for unmarried women: affirmation and caution.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Submitting Yourself to One Another - Nathan Rages

Eph. 5:21 "submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ." 

1. The meaning of the command: “submitting yourself”
2. The scope of the command: “to one another”.
3. The power for obeying it: “filled with the Spirit”.
4. The motivation for obeying it: “in the fear of Christ”.
     (a) Remember Christ’s teaching and example.
     (b) Be afraid of disappointing Him, bringing shame on His name, and facing Him at the final judgement.