Summary: How can men best love their wives and children? Ephesians 5:22-33 provides the answer.
Sermon Notes June 19, 2016 FBCam
Five Words for a Godly Home
Today is Father’s Day, so I thought I would introduce come “Things you never heard from Dad”
“Here are the keys to my new truck”
“Hey honey, I think we’re lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for directions.”
“What do you mean you wanna play football? Isn’t Figure skating good enough for you, son?”
“Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.”
“Whaddya wanna go and get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to spend.”
“Sweetie, let me show you how to set up your new I phone”
And the number one thing you’ll never hear a dad say...
“Father’s Day? Ahh—don’t worry about that—it’s no big deal.”
Today we are starting a new series on the family. Each message in this series focuses on one key word. This type of focus can be very valuable.
During our camping and canoeing trips to Algonquin Park, we share each night around the campfire. Some guys tend to share a lot, and some are more reserved. To even everything out and give opportunity for everyone to be heard, I introduce the sharing time by asking everyone to think of their “Word of the Day.” They must select one word that summarizes their day. Once the guys fine that word, sharing comes easier for the more reserved individuals. This helps keep everyone on target.
In a way, we are having a “Word of the Day,” as we study about the family! These words are taken from the most significant chapter in the Bible on the family - Ephesians 5.
The origin of this series started when I was asked to speak at Family Camp this summer for Camp Calvary. These messages are the ones I will be sharing in a few weeks for the families. I also talked with my children and asked them for input regarding the things that young families need to hear. These messages will hopefully address those needs.
Today’s Word is LOVE and it is based on Ephesians 5:25–27. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”
Isn’t it interesting, MANLINESS is often characterized by toughness, non-emotional. But the CENTRAL command in Ephesians 5:25-33 is to LOVE
How do we Love our Wives/ Children?
EPHESIANS 5:22-33 Provides the answer
I. Love Your Wife by Leading.
“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” (Ephesians 5:23, NIV84)
What does this mean?
The Greek word for head is kephele.
It most often means a physical head of a man or beast
But it is also used extensively in Greek literature and in the New Testament to refer to the one in the foremost position of leadership.
Many today reject the idea of mal leadership in the home and have tried to alter the meaning of this New Testament word by saying that it means something els, but the linguist evidence is indisputable, head means head and is used to declare that men are to be the leaders in their homes.
The example for husbands is CHRIST. He is the Head of the church
“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22, NIV84)
“and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:10, NIV84)
“He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:14, NIV84)
When husbands lead like Christ leads, the family is blessed!
The second characteristic of loving ......
II. Love your Wife by GIVING. Eph 5:25
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25, NIV84)
A husbands leadership is SELFLESS
Your needs are second to your wife, children
What man would not run into a burning building to rescue his family?
Our families need us for more than PHYSICAL PROTECTION. They need our SPIRITUAL protection.
Wives need our protection from the dangers of a WRECK LESS man Children need our protection from the dangers of SELF INDULGENCE
Sons need our protection from their impulsive youthfulness
Daughters need our protection from SELF DOUBT and predators ready to fill the void of “does anybody love me?”