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A Firm Foundation

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Pastor Don Carpenter / General

Some Assembly Required / Family; Love; Holiness / Ephesians 5:1–16

 An ideal marriage’s foundation is not find entirely in a couple’s romanticism, but in their commitment to live a holy life according to God’s will. Application Point: Learning to love as an individual will help you love your spouse.

Have you ever seen a product on a showroom floor and marveled at how awesome it looked? That shiny new all-terrain bike, or that beautiful contemporary desk for your home office call out to your consumer inclinations. Have you ever broken down and made the purchase, only to get a heavy box full of parts with the words “some assembly required” stamped on it? Why can’t it be simple and come out just the way you see it on the showroom floor? Why do you have to put in work instead of conveniently having everything all in place?  Wouldn’t it be great if life was like that? Especially when it comes to marriage. But marriage does require work. Paul understood that as he helped the believers at Ephesus recognize marriage required putting the proper pieces together 2. Ephesians 5:21–33 is a common biblical text used to outline the roles of husbands and wives. The first twenty verses of chapter 5 are significant to a   couple to understand how to conduct themselves as Christians in general. Before Paul wrote about marriage roles, he wrote about Christian roles couple to understand how to conduct themselves as Christians in general. Before Paul wrote about marriage roles, he wrote about Christian roles.   This evening we are going to discover that in order to build a good Christian home, we need a firm foundation.

Walk In Love

Ephesians 5:1 KJV

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 5:2 KJV

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

•    Follow God’s example of love and tenderness toward each other.

•    Walk in love as Christ sacrificially loved us.

•    Lots of family issues would resolve if we learned from Christ our example about self sacrificing love.

1000 Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching Greater Love Has No One …


Various persons have observed that no one has any more religion than he or she can demonstrate in an emergency. This was certainly true of Arland D. Williams, Jr., a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve System in Atlanta, who was aboard the ill-fated Boeing 737 that crashed in the frigid Potomac River shortly after taking off from Washington’s National Airport, January 13, 1982.
Identification of the hero was announced in June of 1983. Representatives from the Coast Guard said when a helicopter lowered a line to survivors, Williams indicated he was trapped (it was later discovered his seat belt was jammed) and passed “the line on to other injured persons.” By his not grabbing the rescue line, thus saving valuable time, other passengers were saved.
In presenting the medal to Williams’s mother, Virginia L. Williams, Mattoon, Illinois, his teenage son, Arland D. Williams, III, and daughter, Leslie Ann Williams, President Reagan said: “You can live with tremendous pride in your father.”

Walk In Purity

Ephesians 5:3 KJV

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Ephesians 5:4 KJV

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Let it not once be named among you:

•    Fornication

The term porneia (???????) (fornication) is to be taken in its proper sense and is not to be restricted to any one particular form—the license practiced at heathen festivals, concubinage, marriage within prohibited degrees, or the like. The moral life of the Graeco-Roman world had sunk so low that, while protests against the prevailing corruption were never entirely wanting, fornication had long come to be regarded as a matter of moral indifference, and was indulged in without shame or scruple, not only by the mass, but by philosophers and men of distinction who in other respects led exemplary lives.” The word porneia (???????) was used of illicit sexual intercourse in general.

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Uncleanness

uncleanness: ceremonial and moral, Lev. 169a; consequence of sin (S T) Lev. 234; God’s deliverance. Jer. I 347; its removal, Lev. iv c; Passover requirements, Num. 74a; spiritual, Jer. I 347

Index

•    Covetousness

The word “covetousness” is pleonexia (?????????), “greedy desire to have more, avarice.” “Not once” is m?de (????), “not even.” Expositors says: “The strong negative m?de (????) gives it this force—‘Not to speak of doing such a thing, let it not be even so much as mentioned among you.’

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Filthiness

obscenity (aischrot?s, “shameless talk and conduct”

Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Eph 5:4). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

“Filthiness” is aischrot?s (?????????), “obscenity, shameless, immoral conduct.”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Foolish Talking

foolish talk (m?rologia, lit., “stupid words”)

“Foolish talking” is m?rologia (?????????), from m?ros (?????), “foolish” in the sense of the lack of forethought and wisdom. impious, godless, because such a man neglects and despises what relates to salvation, and logos (?????), “a word, speech.” Vincent says: “Talk which is both foolish and sinful. It is more than random or idle talk.” “Words obtain a new earnestness when assumed into the ethical terminology of Christ’s school. Nor, in seeking to enter fully into the meaning of this one, ought we to leave out of sight the greater emphasis which the words fool, foolish, folly obtain in Scripture than elsewhere they have or can have. There is the positive folly as well as the negative to be taken account of, when we are weighing the force of m?rologia (?????????): it is that talk of fools which is foolishness and sin together

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

•    Jesting

coarse jesting (eutrapelia, “vulgar, frivolous wit”)

Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Eph 5:4). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Jesting” is eutrapelia (??????????). Vincent says: “Only here in the n.t. From eu (??), ‘well’ or ‘easily,’ and trep? (?????), ‘to turn.’ That which easily turns and adapts itself to the moods and conditions of those with whom it may be dealing at the moment. From this original sense of versatility it came to be applied to morals, as time-serving, and to speech with the accompanying notion of dissimulation. Aristotle calls it chastened insolence. The sense of the word here is polished and witty speech as the instrument of sin; refinement and versatility without the flavor of Christian grace. ‘Sometimes it is lodged in a sly question, in a smart answer, in a quirkish reason, in shrewd intimation, in cunningly diverting or cleverly retorting an objection: sometimes it is couched in a bold scheme of speech, in a tart irony, in a lusty hyperbole, in a startling metaphor, in a plausible reconciling of contradictions, or in acute nonsense … Sometimes an affected simplicity, sometimes a presumptuous bluntness giveth it being. Its ways are unaccountable and inexplicable, being answerable to the numberless rovings of fancy and windings of language’ (Barrow).”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:3). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Walk In Good Company

Ephesians 5:6 KJV

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Ephesians 5:7 KJV

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

“Partakers” is sunmetochos (??????????) from metech? (??????), “to hold with” another, and sun (???) “with,” the compound word meaning, “partaking together with one.” The prohibition is that the saints should not participate with the sons of disobedience in the vices mentioned in verse 5 The prohibition is in the present imperative with the negative m? (??), “Stop therefore becoming joint-partakers with them.”

Ephesians 5:11 KJV

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

“Reprove” is elegch? (??????), “to reprove or rebuke so as to bring out conviction or confession of guilt.” Trench says that the word “implies not merely the charge, but the truth of the charge, and further the manifestation of the truth of the charge; nay, more than all this, very often also the acknowledgment, if not outward, yet inward, of its truth on the part of the accused; it being the glorious prerogative of the truth in its highest operation not merely to assert itself, and to silence the adversary, but to silence him by convincing him of his error.”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:11). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching Holiness


Many trees appear to be healthy when we see them in summer. But, in the winter, after their leaves have all fallen off, we sometimes find that hidden underneath the lush green of the summer foliage was a parasitic plant called mistletoe, which had been slowly sucking away some of the tree’s vitality.
We as Christians sometimes have hidden sins, which—like the mistletoe—slowly suck away our spiritual vitality. Although not always evident in times of outward spiritual health and fruitfulness, we must always examine ourselves for those small, often unseen, parasites of sinful habits that will sap our vitality. And we must also remember that just because they are not apparent now does not mean that in another season of our life God will not reveal them for all to see.654

Walk Circumspectly

Ephesians 5:15 KJV

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Ephesians 5:16 KJV

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

“Circumspectly” is akrib?s (???????), “exactly, accurately, carefully.”

Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (Eph 5:15). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

TIME MARCHES ON

There was once a middle aged man who was considering going back to school to get that degree he had always wanted. But he was balking at the idea because he was now over 50 and what good would it do him now.

He went to his dad for advice and his dad asked him how long it would take to get the degree. The man told his dad it would take 3 years of going to school full time. His dad then asked him how old he would be when he graduated after those 3 years. The man said 53. Then his dad asked him, “Son how old will you be then if you don’t get the degree?”

The point of the story is that TIME marches on. Regardless of any decisions we make in our lives — Time marches on!

Therefore walk accurately, in love, in purity, and in good company.  This is the family’s firm foundation.