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Submission“From awful to awesome!”

9 July 2017Slide2

Readings1 Peter 2



Ephesians 5



Ephesians 5:21“Submit to one another


ut of reverence

for Christ”

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

Word association

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!

Selective submissionSlide7

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

! You

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

Ephesians 5:21

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”

What submission does scripture teach?

To God

To one another

To earthly authorities

To masters

To parents

To husbandsSlide10

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

Mutual submission

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

Agape love!

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

Dr Stephen


“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!

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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

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