Summary: Pastor John Bishop deals head-on with one of the most difficult issues for Christian men and women in love-relationships to deal with--the issue of submission.
Today we’re in a series, and this is going to be hard. This is going to be one of those talks; this is going to be one of those things that agitate you before it makes you comfortable; it’s going to be one of those talks that’s going to irritate you before you get it. We’re going to look at the Book of Ephesians, and we’re going to drill deep on one or two passages over the next couple of weeks. We’re going to look at what God says and let me just tell you; the stuff that God puts on my heart to talk about, generally is not stuff you’re going to go look for in the Book; it’s just not the most popular sermon. I just really believe that sometimes we love to hear a watered down version of what Jesus wants; but when God’s truth intercepts with the broken parts of our life, that we will be set you free.
We found out we had a leak in our closet last week. It started off really small and then started growing, and when I had the guts to actually look at it and realize it was a leak, and that it was bad; we tore everything out. And I was thinking about the irony of that, and the irony of marriages. See, it’s only when you’re willing to peel back the carpet; it’s only when you’re willing to take off the surface sheet rock, to see what’s really happening in your life friends. And you can’t keep somehow thinking, "We’ll just try harder, and the marriage will just get better;" and I’m just telling you God has a plan for you, He loves you, He’s in love with you, and He is for you and not against you.
So this talk, and I just have to tell you that every service, someone has got up and left. I’m just telling you; because it’s one of these talks where you’re going to be, I think, a little bit frustrated. Paul writes this letter to this church at Ephesus, which is now modern day Turkey. You can find ruins of this city, Ephesus, today. Paul writes this letter to this church; there were problems going on; they were drifting in their faith; the church is probably about, at this point, maybe twenty-five, thirty years old; and they just kind of got in this place where Paul starts to do what’s called ’task theology’. He starts addressing things in the church that were happening, to correct relational problems.
So in chapter five, he deals with this whole thing of, "What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?" I want to start there, get to the word, the ’S’ word; that’s what we’re calling this talk is ’The ’S’ Word’; and we’re going to talk about that word this week, and we’re going to drill deeper on it next week.
Paul says to this church at Ephesus, "Be filled with the spirit," in other words, when you come to Christ, you’re reborn in to the Kingdom of God. It’s confessing Jesus Christ, that He really rose from the dead, that He is God in the flesh; it’s when you do that, you are saved; you are born again the Bible says in John. But what happens after that, when we’re filled with the Spirit of God he says, "Here’s some things, "Be filled with the Spirit," being filled with the Spirit, be filled, it’s a command to us, it tells us how to be filled.