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Submission“From awful to awesome!”
9 July 2017Slide2
Readings1 Peter 2
Ephesians 5:21“Submit to one another
ut of reverence
What does this really mean?
What does scripture mean when it says we are to submit?Slide4
You can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink!
“A stiff-necked people”Slide5
Equates with giving in/up; losing; defeat
The world sees those who submit as doormats!
Causes the hair to rise on our necks!
It leads to resistance, defensiveness and even counter attackSlide6
Chockie box Christianity
Whilst we hold that negative mindset it affects our relationship with God and our receptiveness to the teaching of the Holy Spirit in our lives:
How we read and study scripture
How we live our lives
A stiff-necked people!
Scripture teaches us that submission is a Godly Command
Sub-mission – we need to position ourselves subordinate to someone else’s mission
Jesus has a mission – we are to do nothing to prevent that mission and to do everything to support that mission
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan
are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns
The same principle is
non-negotiable for the Christian in
Acceptance of Jesus as Lord and giving up of self
Locus of control?
A Christian standard or value just like honesty
It is a command that is inherent in the ten commandmentsSlide8
But the flesh rulesResistance movementsWomen’s revolution
Amendment of marriage vows
The gay movement despite what Scripture teaches
General revolt against authority in the modern
All of these are potentially divisive and confrontational!Slide9
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”
What submission does scripture teach?
To one another
To earthly authorities
A Scriptural understanding of submission will ......
Bring order and peace to this world of ours
Individually it will liberate you
Give you victory
Help you move from awful to awesome!Slide11
Submission is choosing the right side
The devil’s schemes prevents submission (Eph 6:11)Slide12
Important Submission Principles
Masters and slaves
Husbands and wives
Parents and children
Christian submission does not condone unfairness but it is a divinely given way of practically dealing with confrontational scenarios
Our value as Christians is not in our strength of command or submission BUT in our faith in ChristSlide13
What is Christian submission?Mutual submission does not mean:
That there is no authority in the church or home
Jesus submitted to His Father’s will but He is still Lord and King
Paul submitted to Jesus’ call on his life but he went on to give explicit commands to wives , children and slaves
How will two Christians ever get through the door???Slide14
What is Christian submission?Mutual submission does not mean:Being a doormat or compromising on matters of truth or biblical principle
Paul confronted the Apostle Peter about his hypocrisy (Gal 2:11-14)
Being submissive does not mean being weak (Refer to the beatitudes – Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth – willingness to yield and be taught!)Slide15
Mutual submission does mean:
Adopting a servant lifestyle and attitude
Being at rest
Growing in Godly character qualitiesSlide16
Mutual submission does meanAdopting a servant lifestyle and attitude
who was Lord and teacher but he washed his disciples feet
Honouring God given authority, but, the focus is off self and on to pleasing God and serving others for his sakeSlide17
Mutual submission does meanBeing at restA submissive person is not “kicking against the goads” as Paul was before his conversion
Not fighting for his/her rights, demanding equal treatment – the fight is over as there is nothing left to proveSlide18
Mutual submission does meanGrowing in Godly character qualitiesA submissive person is not cantankerous, assertive, pushy, self-willed and difficult BUT exhibits humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance and love
A submissive person is controlled by the Holy Spirit
the control of the authoritarian nature!Slide19
5 reasons why do we need to submit
It is a Christian obligation – follow Jesus example because He first loved me!
It is part of God’s armour to fight Satan’s evil (Ephesians 6)
To be of use to God - we are God’s building blocks
1 Peter 2 : 5 says “And now you have become living building stones for God’s use in building His house”
Submission provides the God purpose for our actions – it is the mortar!
Allows Christians to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
Explains conflict in some churches
Consider others better than self
Deep abiding concern for others
We are merely a part of God’s big “spaghetti ball”
Eph 1:10 The purpose is to bring all things together under Christ
We are part of the body
We cannot serve if we do not submit
Submission breaks down barriersSlide20
Jesus is our example1Peter 2:21 says that the suffering we experience is part of the work that God has given us. Christ who suffered is our example of how we should submit
Jesus gives us a four step pattern for submissionSlide21
The Four P’s of submission(Dr JD Davis)
of submission (1 Peter 2:25)
Mat 8:18-22 a scribe and a disciple come to Jesus and desire to follow him
Jesus tells them there is a cost and sacrifice
You must be submissive to follow Jesus
“If Jesus is not Lord of all then He is not Lord at all!”Slide22
The Four P’s of submissionThe
of submission (1 Peter 2:21-23)
How do we live submissive lives
? By following the example of Jesus!
Not retaliating or vowing to get even
Not saying one thing and doing something else
(Law of the claw)
Eye for an eye – Jesus addressed that in the beatitudesJesus endured the most gruesome pain, torture and humiliation BUT
Pilate declared Him innocent.
Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death
Jesus models how we should live our livesSlide23
The four P’s of submissionThe
of submission (1 Peter 2:23)
“That’s not fair!
The object of our submission is God – Jesus submitted Himself “to the One who judges justly”
What do we cry unfair about?
is not getting what I deserve and
is getting what I don’t deserve – both are unfair but we don’t cry when we receive mercy and grace
Christ’s death was the greatest unfair act of all time!
Fairness is about self but gratitude is about submission.Slide24
The four P’s of submissionThe
of submission (1 Peter 2:24)
Jesus’ purpose was to save us!
God uses those who submit as His building stones to reach others
How powerful a witness could we not be with absolute submission?
It is through you and I that God can change governments, workplaces, homes and churchesSlide25
The chockie boxSlide26
From awful to awesomeOnce we see the submission of Christ as our example we are released and liberated from the struggle
Because of the submissive example of Christ, our lives will never be the same
What is your story? How about you? Have you accepted the unfair gift of Jesus? You can this morning!
Nothing compares to the awesome experience of being God’s
child – a Child born in sub-mission!
From awful to awesome 9 July 2017 Readings 1 Peter 2 vs 125 Ephesians 5 vs 21 Ephesians 521 Submit to one another o ut of reverence for Christ What does this really mean ID: 624601 Download Presentation