Month: March 2011

A Band of Brothers Week 6

The Battle for Your Marriage (Eph 5:22-33)


  • This only works if we follow Eph 5:18 which commands us to be filled with the Spirit.
  • Feminist focus on verse 21 so we must address the issue. In general, Feminism says men abuse women, and they may be right. Their response, toughen up women. My response, fix the men.
  • In verse 21 Paul makes a transition and introduces his teaching about authority and submission among Christians. This verse supplies the verb for verse 22.
  • Verse 21 does not establish mutual submission in marriage because the principle would not work in parent/child or master/slave relationship. Also this Greek word has not been shown to mean mutual submission, but always means one submitting to another.
  • hupotasso A compound Greek words – hupo (“to be under”) and tasso (“to draw up in order, to arrange, to designate”).  Originally “a military term meaning ‘to arrange’ or ‘to rank under’ that expresses the relinquishing of one’s rights to another.”

1. Wives are to Submit to Their Husbands

(Eph 5:22-24)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • Wives only submit to their own husbands. This does not mean all women submit to all men.
  • Christ initiated and the husband should initiate: in reconciliation, spiritual matters, and physical matters.
  • Love does not just feel things; love does things.
  • Men are not to demand submission, but it is your responsibility to lead and the wife’s to submit. If you love like Christ, this will not be a problem.
  • Wives are commanded to submit to even your bad decisions so be careful with your decisions.

Application to your life:

  • Do you initiate or do you react? In spiritual matters and in physical matters.
  • Have you made decisions that put your wife in a no win situation? This can relate to married or unmarried men. Debt, sexual history, etc.

2. Husbands are to Love their Wife as Christ Loved the Church

(Eph 5:25-33)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • Husbands have the harder command to love their wife as Christ loved the church.
  • A husband’s love is not based on looks, body type, or even affection. Christ loved the church when the church hated Him. Our love should be a conscious unconditional decision.
  • Men should be the primary spiritual leader (see 1 Cor 14 for additional support).
  • Husbands are to love their wife as their own body.
  • Giving yourself up means that men have an obligation to protect the wife.
  • Nourishing and Cherishing (1 Thess 2:7) mean to provide for and take care of respectively.
  • Man shall leave his father and mother to become one with his wife.

Application to your life:

  • Are you learning so that you can be the spiritual leader of your home?
  • Are you protecting and providing for your wife both physically and spiritually?
  • Do you harm to yourself? Beat yourself up or yell at yourself? Do you harm to your wife?
  • Have you left your father and mother or do you run to them at every turn?

3. Godly Marriage Displays the Relationship Between Christ

and the Church and Presents the Gospel

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The analogy means that our goal is to present her holy and without blemish.
  • Marriage should display the Gospel.
  • God designed Marriage to help make you holy, not necessarily to make you happy.

Application to your life:

  • Are you leading in family devotions? Do you pray over major decisions? Do you seek God’s word to lead your family properly?
  • Have you asked your wife to do anything which could cause her to be unholy or with blemish?
  • From looking at your marriage would someone see the Gospel or does your marriage look just like the marriages of the world?
  • If your wife were disfigured or handicapped in an accident, would you stay with her and consider her a blessing and not a burden?

Revive this Nation or #rtn11 on Twitter

Below is a list of the 124 preachers who will be going out from Southwestern Seminary to preach revivals this upcoming week. You will also find the names of the churches and cities. Please join me in praying: 1) That each preacher will see at least one person come to know the Lord, 2) that every church who participated will be greatly encouraged, and 3) above all that God would be glorified through this effort. These men have also committed to share the Gospel in personal evangelism at least 10 times during the week which will result in 1,240 personal evangelistic encounters beyond the preaching assignments. I am praying that God will do a mighty work and begin to Revive this Nation!




David Caprenter Batson Baptist Church Oark, AR
Jerry Vincent Mt. Zion Baptist Church Paragould, AR
Benjamin Peacock New Life Baptist Church Phoenix, AZ
Sean Sellars Dolan Springs Baptist Church Dolan Springs, AZ
Jared Witt Clarkdale Baptist Chruch Clarkdale, AZ
William Trigueros Granada Baptist Church Livermore, CA
Lewis Lankford Cross Roads Church Poncha Springs, CO
Keith Collier Mountain View Baptist Church Dolores, CO
Scott Colter Mountain View Baptist Church Walden, CO
Adam Robinson Cornerstone International Church Norwich, CO
Charles Williams Laurel Baptist Church Laurel, DE
Vern Charette First Baptist Church Mary Esther, FL
Shannon Cunningham First Baptist Church Pinellas Park, FL
Mark Hommel Morningstar Baptist Church Fort Myers, FL
Wesley Bates Grace Baptist Church Gainesville, FL
Madison Grace First Baptist Church Immokalee, FL
Major Dalton Teamon Baptist Church Griffin, GA
Thomas White First Baptist Church Hartwell, GA
Matthew Skiles Fairview Baptist Church Anamosa, IA
Darrell Robertson True Bible Baptist Church Des Moines, IA
Daniel Weyand God’s Family Baptist Church Grand Mound, IA
Luke Garrett First Baptist Church Dunkerton, IA
Bryce Ulrich Clearwater Baptist Church (FBCC) Clearwater, ID
Jason Galloway Elk City Baptist Church Elk City, ID
Ryan Dobbs Blackfoot Southern Baptist Church Blackfoot, ID
Craig Mahoney Big Creek Baptist Church Anna, IL
David Gambo Sycamore Baptist Church Sycamore, IL
Jonathan Mansur Lakeland Baptist Church Carbondale, IL
Jason Lee Salem First Baptist Church Salem, IL
Evan Lenow First Baptist Church Herrin, IL
Brooks Beike Camp Ground Baptist Church Mount Vernon, IL
Eric Futrell New Horizons Baptist Church Pawnee, IL
Chris Rainey Grace Baptist Church Palmyra, IL
Charles Patrick Dayton Avenue Baptist Church Peoria, IL
Andy Johnson First Baptist Church Mulberry Grove, IL
Jeremy Winters Tallula Baptist Church Tallula, IL
Kevin Moots Kincaid Southern Baptist Church Kincaid, IL
Sastry Meesala Blooming Grove Baptist Church McLeansboro, IL
Nicholas Jones Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Belleville, IL
Tommy Kiker First Baptist Church Machesney Park, IL
Justin Wooley Mullen Baptist Church Montrose, IL
Robert Lansing First Southern Baptist Church Norris City, IL
Joshua Elliff Main Street Baptist Church Braidwood, IL
Joshua Forrest Maranatha Baptist Church Rock Falls, IL
Derek Oh Hymera Southern Baptist Church Hymera, IN
Jason Kees Sugar Creek Baptist Church West Terre Haute, IN
Greg Howell Calvary Heights Baptist Church Martinsville, IN
Ronjour Locke Come as You Are Community Church Fort Wayne, IN
Adam Southerland Prairie Park Baptist Church Terre Haute, IN
Steven Ball Walnut Ridge Baptist Church Jeffersonville, IN
Chad Rowell Eternal Life Baptist Church Mooresville, IN
Zachs Gaiya Crossroads Baptist Church Riley, KS
Allen Davidson Linn Valley Community Church Linn Valley, KS
Jon Egan Trinity Baptist Church Arkansas City, KS
Patrick Willis First Baptist Church Mound Valley, KS
Luis Lama Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Amanecer Crestwood, KY
Hector Mendez Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana Carrollton, KY
Matt Queen Friendship Baptist Church Brimfield, MA
Pierre St Louis Faith Fellowship Baptist Church Lansing, MI
Waylan Owens First Baptist Church Huntsville, MO
Lester Cox Littleby Baptist Church Mexico, MO
Josh Moore Sturgeon Baptist Church Sturgeon, MO
Yakubu Bakfwash First Southern Baptist Church Golden, MO
Randy Welborn Bethel Baptist Church Billings, MT
Dean Nichols Clark’s Fork Baptist Church Bridger, MT
Michael Crisp Poston Baptist Church Wallace, NC
Neal Batman Cool Springs Baptist Church Eure, NC
Ryan Mulvaney Hazen Christian Fellowship Hazen, ND
Kody Alvarez North Hill Baptist Church Minot, ND
Elliott Higgins Indian Nations Baptist Church Albuquerque, NM
Ricky Cotto Iglesia Bautista Bethel Lovington, NM
David Kever Glenwood Baptist Church Glenwood, NM
William Stevens Eternity Baptist Church Alamogordo, NM
Jair Santos FBC of Portuguese Language in New York Astoria, NY
Jason Treadaway Lake Placid Baptist Church Lake Placid, NY
Jason Smith Southport Baptist Church Elmira, NY
Derek Mitchell Stamford Baptist Church Stamford, NY
Kevin Glenn Clyde Baptist Church Clyde, NY
Ben Watson Ridgecrest Baptist Church New Windsor, NY
Paul Golata New Life Baptist Church Niagara Falls, NY
Don Mitchell Victory Chapel Baptist Church Patchogue, NY
Jonathan Gilliland Indian River Baptist Church Philadelphia, NY
Buck Zion Newark Baptist Fellowship Church Newark, NY
Joel Freeman Quaker City Baptist Church Quaker City, OH
Curtis Beadle Green Valley Southern Baptist Church Mount Vernon,OH
Shawn Nichols Glory Baptist Church Marengo, OH
Rusty Thomas Grace Baptist Church Rogue River, OR
Brandon Allison Knox Butte Baptist Church Albany, OR
Roger Elkins Trinity Baptist Church Lakeview, OR
Roger Sappington Elk Baptist Church Kersey, PA
David Penley Emmanuel Baptist Church Elizabethtown, PA
Isaac Mbeng Covenant Community Church Harrisburg, PA
James Williams Bethel Baptist Church York, SC
Carl Bradford Corinth Baptist Church Seneca, SC
Jon Wood Clarendon Baptist Church Alcolu, SC
Reagan Lynch Prairie Baptist Church New Underwood, SD
Geoff Kolander Cross Pointe Baptist Church Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Wofford Cascade Road Baptist Church Hot Springs, SD
Kyle Walker Gateway Baptist Church Whitehouse, TX
Wade Traylor First Baptist Church Seadrift, TX
Mike Morris First Baptist Church Edgewood, TX
Felipe Castro Iglesia Bautista Buen Pastor Del Rio, TX
Van Komatsu Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church (Nevada) Allen, TX
Dennis Colunga Spicewood Baptist Church Spicewood, TX
Ken Tran Alana Lane Baptist Church Spring, TX
Felix Bamirin Friendship Baptist Church Cleburne, TX
Matthew Duran Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church (Denison) Denison, TX
Anthony Eaves Eastside Baptist Church Rusk, TX
Michael Postell Emmanuel Baptist Church White Oak, TX
James Egloff First Baptist Community Church Torrey, UT
Josh Anderson First Baptist Church Brigham City, UT
Thai Nguyen McKenzie Road Baptist Church Olympia, WA
Thomas Sutton Faith Baptist Church Ferndale, WA
Josh Eubanks Filipino International Christian Fellowship Tacoma, WA
Nathan Houston Parkside Baptist Church Kenosha, WI
Greg Robinson Graceway Fellowship Green Bay, WI
Bryant Matheu New Life Southern Baptist Church Cowen, WV
Travis Trawick Lighthouse Baptist Church Hurricane, WV
Lance Rogers Cameron Baptist Church Cameron, WV
Anthony Svajda First Southern Baptist Church Sutton, WV
Jeremy Haynes Jackson Avenue Baptist Church Point Pleasant, WV
Adam Tarleton Yellowstone Baptist Church Cody, WY
Bryan Bogue Wamsutter Baptist Church Wamsutter, WY
Justin Burkleo Hillcrest Baptist Church Riverton, WY

A Band of Brothers: Week 5

The Battle Against Materialism

(Luke 16:19-31)


  • Luke 16:13 says, “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
  • Luke 16:14 says, “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.”
  • The discussion of the Pharisees and the love of money sets the scene for Jesus telling the story of Lazarus and the Rich man.

1. Earthly Possessions are Powerless (Luke 16:19-22)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The rich man had extravagant clothes, extravagant food, and an extravagant home.
  • Lazarus, was laid at the gate, was covered with sores, wanted on the crumbs, and wild dogs licked him.
  • Both men still died. Everyone will. Possessions, influence, or fame can’t stop death.

Application to your life:

  • Which one would you want to be? The rich man or Lazarus? Be honest. We all would prefer to be the rich man up until verse 23, but the question is are you a lover of money or a lover of God?
  • Are you prepared to die?

2. Eternal Destinies are Permanent: (Luke 16:23-26)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • He didn’t call out to Jesus, but to Father Abraham. Perhaps a message to the Pharisees.
  • The Rich man remembered and knew Lazarus. He knew him, but he never helped him.
  • Anguish or Torment is used repeatedly in the description of eternal punishment.
  • Eternal destinies are permanent. Once you leave this life, your destiny is set.

Application to your life:

  • What missed opportunities will we remember after life is over?
  • What type destiny are you preparing for? A destiny in torment or a destiny in heaven?
  • What are you using your wealth and influence to accomplish? Things that will pass away or are you laying up your treasures in heaven?

3. Additional Evidence if Pointless: (Luke 16:27-31)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The Rich man’s concern turns to his five brothers whom he doesn’t want to share his fate.
  • Perhaps the rich man is making excuses by saying if he has seen someone rise from the dead, he would have repented.
  • Jesus states in the story that even if someone goes to them (lovers of money) from the dead, they will not repent.
  • Jesus also indicates that Moses and the Prophets are sufficient for salvation. This means we do not need additional evidence.

Application to your life:

  • If you could spend five minutes in Hell, how would your life change?
  • Are you seeking harder after earthly possessions than you are after reaching lost souls for Christ?
  • Do you constantly seek more evidence or do you recognize the Bible as sufficient?

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