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The Spirit-Filled Family

Friday, August 13, 2010 | Comments (9)

Where do you turn when your family is in trouble? Some confide in a friend; others call a marriage “expert,” like a pastor or counselor. Many people in the world consult a psychologist, only to come away with theories and five-step plans; or more commonly, they call a psychiatrist and get themselves a prescription. But where does God’s Word fit into the equation?

Sadly, many Christian couples venture into marriage with a weak commitment to Scripture. So when trouble comes knocking, the Bible is often the last place they go for help.

If that’s your story, take heart…there’s hope. You’ll find everything you need for life and godliness in God’s Word (2 Peter 1:3). That means the Bible is our only source for a godly life, marriage, and family. It’s not hidden, mysterious, or difficult to understand. And if you are filled with the Spirit of God, all of its wisdom is open and available to you—you can put it into practice today.

That’s God’s first word on the family, according to John MacArthur . . .

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First, listen to John’s sermon excerpt, then discuss the following question: In what ways have Christians in our generation demonstrated a weak commitment to Scripture?


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#1  Posted by William Davis  |  Friday, August 13, 2010at 4:45 AM

In what ways have Christians in our generation demonstrated a weak commitment to Scripture?

First, the majority of Christians today seldom read their bible. What knowledge they have of scripture typically comes from what they have heard others speak, which may, or may not be accurate.

Second, the authority of scripture is suspect and played out in the way these folks search for answers to their problems.

Conclusion: if there is no priority placed on reading the scripture and understanding what our Lord has conveyed to us, that same priority will be applied to searching for the answers.

I'm speaking from experience!

#2  Posted by Paul Tucker  |  Friday, August 13, 2010at 7:49 AM

Dear JM: Gud Stuff! A very hard lesson to learn, i.e. that the Spirit of God works in, with, and through the Word of God and that this is what it means to be Spirit filled. And HaSatan wants it that way. It is interesting how different God and the Adversary are, God works through our rational mind to our heart to our lives. The Adversary works through our senses, blasting us with sinful and amoral (yes and immoral) darts which cause us so much harm.

I am currently reading E. Tov's book on TC of the OT, I am amazed at how great our God is in preserving the Word and how accurate most modern translations are,(as well as Ancient text). It seems to me that Satan has really pulled the wool over the eyes of generations of people over this issue. Even in the various so called "mistakes" of variant readings don't change the Word. Both the "Liberal" and the ultra conservative groups like the "KJV only" crowd have been blind sided. God has preserved the Word through our mistakes. The differences in manuscripts don't make a difference when you take it in context. (I will admit that I am no expert- but when I read these text that are suppose to contain "mistakes" it really doesn't change things.) Even so, if we would follow the instruction we can plainly see it would lead us to the truth we can't see.

How folks treat the Word is kinda of like how my daughter treated her first "her" sized chair. She went over to it and pressed down on it with her hands, then she turned around and put a little weight on it with her behind, then she sat on the edge, just in case, then she committed her whole weight to it. Before long she took it for granted. With a chair that may be okay, with the Word it isn't, I am glad that you stand for the truth of the Word. And thanks for your time and commitment to ministry.PT

#3  Posted by Alex Soriano  |  Friday, August 13, 2010at 7:55 AM

The weak commitment to scripture, which resulted to some serious problems in the marriages and societies, is now being demonstrated not only by not reading and studying it, but rather, it’s by replacing or exchanging it with “wines that made us drunk” in our own very homes. What I mean to say is the ‘pleasure which preoccupies us at home rather than having time with the kids teaching them the basic of Christian life’. This generation, which thrive with the drunkenness of multimedia temptations and sins, have barely known what it’s like to sit down with a little child and read bible stories and answer some silly childish questions. We rather put on the TV or the internet or the Xbox and play with our kids – deceiving ourselves that we are just having quality time and fun with them.

Indeed here’s now a breed of generation, not only in the family and society but also in the church, resembling the 2 Tim 3:1-7 - ‘always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.’

#4  Posted by Gabriel Powell  |  Friday, August 13, 2010at 8:50 AM

Another way Christians show a weak commitment to Scripture is by misusing and abusing Scripture, shaping it into worldly thinking.

All you have to do is walk into a so-called Christian bookstore, go to the marriage and family section, and you will find shelves full of man's worldly thinking legitimized by a verse here and there taken out of context from a paraphrase translation.

Very little material on marriage and family that purports to be biblical is actually biblical.

#5  Posted by Dan Wilson  |  Friday, August 13, 2010at 6:00 PM

Man's books don't last.

God's Word stands forever.

I tried self help books and pills the the doctors give. It did'nt

make my life any better. Jesus does.

Am I off the point?

God bless.

T.V. is treated like a god. When the tv is on, when I eat. I see people

glued to it while they eat slow. I read about a baby. The mother was feeding the baby while the tv was on. The baby looks at the tv rather

looking at the mother when she feed him or her. Sad.

I agree about lack of bible reading.

#6  Posted by Robert Suttles  |  Sunday, August 15, 2010at 6:26 AM

Greetings;

In what ways have Christians in our generation demonstrated a weak commitment to Scripture?

By having a much stronger commitment to the flesh. Scripture tells us to pursue righteousness, godliness. Our children are watching us, even when we don't think they are. They see what Mom and Dad think is important, they see how we prioritize and schedule our lives. They will emulate us. When we 'pigeon-hole' our Christianity to only scheduled events at a church building rather than actively living and speaking of the word when we sit, walk, lie down, and rise, we do not honor God.

#7  Posted by Jorge Alvarado  |  Sunday, August 15, 2010at 11:23 AM

"In what ways have Christians in our generation demonstrated a weak commitment to Scripture?"

I think that it may be demonstrated in a "live and let live" attitude. I think some christians believe that if the bible says homosexuality (just to name a topic) is wrong as it clearly states it, it's not up to us to condemn anybody who believes it is none of our business to "tell" them it is.

If a christian is not equipped to deal with such an attitude, then it follows that they will think that applies to the whole of the bible.

At best, they will hope God sends someone else to confront them, at worst, they don't really think it's such a big deal. Either of those attitudes needs to be dealt with by studying and applying what is learned from scripture (and it may mean a renewing of the mind).

#9  Posted by Paul Tucker  |  Wednesday, August 18, 2010at 11:15 PM

Hi Folks: I think the issue is that we do not act as the "salt and light", we are suppose to be. We are not confessing our sins and keeping short accounts with God. And our attitude of independence due to the wealth we enjoy may contribute to the fleshly decisions we make. We need the eye ointment and the binding up of our wounds. And a new dependence upon the lover of our souls. I might add that we need to practice "true religion" that James speaks of. "For where our treasure is that is where our heart will be". Just some thoughts.

#10  Posted by Liza Gevorgyan  |  Thursday, August 19, 2010at 11:56 AM

In what ways have Christians in our generation demonstrated a weak commitment to Scripture?

I believe Christians need to focus more on Christ, on His will and less on their individual opinion and wishes,only then you are able to succeed in your marriege life.

and i would recommend a blessed book written by

The Man of truth- John MacArthur

"The Fulfilled Family"

Thank you all( Liza- from Netherlands)