Paoli Church of Christ | 219 Stucker Street, Paoli, IN, United States | 1-812-723-3366
Paoli Church of Christ
Let the Son Shine In
Gary's Teen Talk
Welcome to “Son Shine!”
Each week we want to highlight what’s going on here @ Paoli. A whirlwind week, to say the least. The Progressive Meeting came and went, did you take part? Thursday evening Lee gave an outstanding lesson at Fredricksburg, while on Friday evening Marvin Purkhiser gave an excellent lesson here at Paoli. As always, the singing was excellent; the time spent together is always a pick-me-up during the dreary days of January.
Please be checking out the bulletin for upcoming activities. Remember Bible Bowl studies will begin on Fridays. Speaking of the bulletin, a big thank-you goes out to Anne for the new look. Sermon activity sheets for both kids and adults will help us take our lesson home for further study. Thank you, Anne, for all your hard work putting this together.
Potters will be here in March to pick up commodities and change cans, so please be getting those change cans filled up. Please check your bulletin to find which commodities are needed or you may simply make a monetary donation.
Our weekly Bible question is taken from the Wednesday night adult class. Paul wanted to go to Rome - what single act on Paul’s behalf led him to him getting his wish?
Sign-up sheets for “Friday Foods” as well as preparing Lord’s Supper are on the front table after services. Check them out and pick your best times so this important work continues. Please don’t forget “Members In Need.” This program was set up that we might better care for our own members, so when you know of a need of one of our members please contact Chris Boyer who is our contact person for January.
When you have something to share with the congregation, please let me know. You may email me @ email@example.com or you may call or text @ 1/812/653/3139.
REMEMBER… KEEP PRAYING, KEEP WORKING, AND KEEP LOOKING UPWARD. It will all be worth it one day
Men and Women
Last week I wrote about the authority of God. I wrote about how His Word comes to us from Him. If that is true, the Word of God becomes our authority for life and worship of God. The Bible is God speaking to us. In this book, He is giving us instructions on how to live our lives. If God's Word, (i.e., the Bible) is our authority for living life, we are required to learn it, and then apply the teaching to our lives. When we misuse God's word, or change what He says, we are doing nothing more than putting ourselves above God. We are ignoring His authority and making ourselves the authority. Literally, we are setting ourselves above God. We have no right to do such a thing. By taking this action, we put ourselves in spiritual danger. It is much easier for us to try to synchronize the world into what we are doing for God than to push the world aside and rise above those ways and be different. So many people have fallen victim to the lies of Satan. One such lie is the one which tells us that the people of the world will be more apt to engage in spiritual activities, such as church and Bible school, if we accept and use the ways of the world in our worship to God. While it may be more appealing to people and may get more numbers in the building, if we compromise what God tells us for the ways of the world, we put ourselves and everyone involved in that process in spiritual jeopardy. Not to mention, we lessen our life experience.
I have stated all of this because the roles of men and women are again being challenged. God is clear on the matter but we seem to want to take what God says and put that aside so that we can make Him more palatable to the world. God is clear on what men and women should do in the church in our worship of Him. People involved in false teaching about the roles of men and women in the church have made the horrible mistake of thinking that what God says about these roles lessen the importance of women and their contribution to the church. Nothing is further from the truth. All of that way of thinking is put to rest when Paul says what He does in Ephesians chapter 5, stating that "husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church." Men are not trying to dominate women, and God is not teaching us to do so; He is telling us the opposite. He is teaching us women should be important in our lives, in much of the same way that the church was to Christ. Men are to love their wives and take care of them. This means that we, men, become the physical provider, and we become the spiritual leader of the family. We have that responsibility as men. Because God wants us to take care of our wives, Men, we should want this responsibility ourselves rather than burdening our wives with such a task. It is a responsibility that God gave from the beginning, and one that He reinforces throughout His Word.
In Genesis chapter 3, we read about the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. God comes to the earth walking in the garden, and He knows something is wrong, something is different. Who does He call to give Him an account of what has happened? God, all-knowing, all-seeing, God, knows what has happened, but still, He calls Adam to give an account. He is teaching Adam, and us, that the man, is responsible for the wellbeing of his family, physically and spiritually. From that point onward, through His Word, God will tell us that the man will have that responsibility. Sure, every person will make their own decisions in life, and a person can only do so much, but men are to do what they can to care for the woman and lead her to God. If she decides to go her own way, that is on her, but men are to take the role of caretaker in that union. We are supposed to be the spiritual leaders. It is our job, our responsibility, as we take care of our families. It is not because God feels that women are inferior in any way; that is not why we are told that women are to keep silent in the church, (1 Corinthians 14:34). They are to do that because the men are to be the spiritual leaders. How can God tell us, Men, to be the spiritual leaders of the families and then tell us it is okay to relinquish that leadership role in the church? If we are to be the spiritual leaders at home, we must retain that role in the church.
We, as men, are to take this leadership responsibility because we love the women in our lives. They are special gifts from God, and we are to take care of them. I know that we are always looking for ways to get people through the church doors. It is a constant prayer for me. However, we must do that under the guidelines given to us by God. Not only are we putting ourselves and others in spiritual danger when we fail to do that, we are cheapening the experience that God wants us to have with Him. We are not to become like the world. God wants us to be better than that; we are to rise above the world. Only by using the guidelines given to us by God are we going to accomplish this in our lives. Don't fall into the trap that Satan will lay before us, thinking it is a good thing to ignore God's way and go the direction of the world. Stay true to God's way. We are going to be better for it now and in the end. Let's show the world and those who oppose God's ways how to live a life that is rising up toward God instead of dragging God down to the level of the world.
Suffering for the Gospel
2 Timothy 1:8-9
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
Who wants to do anything that will make you suffer? We naturally like to do things that are easy and painless. Volunteering to do something that will cause you to suffer has to have a motive behind it. The greatest motivations are anger, hatred and love.
Anger will cause you to do things for the wrong reasons you might wish you hadn’t. Hatred might put you in a dangerous place because you don’t think beforehand when acting out in anger. Anger causes more harm than good.
Love is the greatest motivator of all. Love will have you suffer things if it means something good for someone. We are willing to go that extra mile for someone we love. It doesn’t matter what we must do. If a loved one is in need, we will do our best to help.
Love is the motivator God wants us to use for Him. We will do His will and, instead of helping Him, we are really helping ourselves reach heaven. We may have to suffer some things when we choose to follow Him, but the reward will be worth it.
God is calling us to do His will. Have you answered that call? Answer it with love and be prepared for a better life. There may be some suffering along the way, but remain focused and love the Lord.