Supreme: Rules for Engagement

November 17, 2023

TItle: Rules for Engagement Text: Colossians 3:18-4:1 Target: “If our faith doesn’t work at home, then our faith doesn’t work” (Anonymous)  I. The Submission of A Wife: “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” (Vs. 18) A. Doesn’t mean Inequality: Equal before God, for all must submit to God’s Authority. B. Doesn’t permit oppression: Not property or possession, but to be viewed in value and worth. C. Does speak to provide Support: Empowering Spiritual Headship the husband. II. The Selflessness of a Husband: “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.” (Vs. 19) A. Sacrifice for her: “love her as Christ loved the church” (5:25) B. Sanctify her: “washing of water with the word” (5:26) C. Sustain her: “love their wives as their own bodies” (5:28) D. Satisfies her: “but nourishes and cherishes” (5:29) III. The Sentiment of a Child:  “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”  (Vs. 20) A. Explanation of Obedience: “children, your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1) 1. Given by God to be authority. 2. Come under the authority, to listen, learn and be led. (Proverbs 1:8, 6:20) B. Expectation of Honor: “Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Ex. 20:12) IV. The Sensitivity of a Father: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” (Vs. 21) A. Definition of Provoke: stir up, irritate, exasperate, or nagging. B. Descriptions of Provoking: (unfair comparisons, unkind comments, unclear standards, unexplained discipline, unrighteous example, uptight control, unified identity) V. The Service of an Employee: “Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.” (Vs. 23) A. Work Heartily: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Vs.23) B. Rich Reward: “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Vs. 24) C. Never Overlooked: “For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Vs. 25) VI. The Stewardship of a Supervisor: “Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.” (4:1) A. Be the Example: Say as you say, do as you do. B. Clarify the Expectation: Clarity is Kindness C. Speak with Exaltation:  Call people up, not just out. D. Compensate within Exhortation: Marketplace Value. Takeaway:  The best leaders were first followers.  For one steward authority, if there is no willingness to be under authority. 

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