Jesus Is Teacher’s Outline 2

Jesus is God and Man

Part 1 – 12/5/2004

 

What does it mean when we say that Jesus is both man and God?

Is Jesus…

  • A man who became God?
  • God indwelling a man?
  • God appearing to be a man?
  • A spiritual being ordered by God to become man?
  • Fully God and fully man?

 

John 1:1

1 John 4:2

 

Jesus is God and Jesus is man. He can understand our needs and can meet our needs.

 

Jesus Is God

How do we know Jesus is God?

  1. Jesus said he is God

John 5:18 – He was calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

John 10:30 – I and the Father are one.

John 14:9 – Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

John 8:58 – I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am

 

“… people often say about [Jesus] ‘I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God’ … A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell.” – C.S. Lewis

 

  1. Others said he is God

Isaiah 9:6 – Prophecies of Jesus’ birth before he was born

Philippians 2:10-11 – His disciples

Isaiah 45:22-23 – This is speaking of God

Colossians 2:9 – All the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form

John 1:1-2

 

  1. He is worshipped as God

Philippians 2:10 – At the name of Jesus every knee should bow

Hebrews 1:6 – Jesus regarded as higher than the angels

    1. What did Jesus do in response?

Matthew 28:9-10 – Told them to go tell their brothers

John 20:28-19 – Affirmed Thomas for his belief

    1. What would He have done if He were not God?

Rejected the people’s worship – “No, you’re wrong. Don’t worship me.”

 

  1. He does only what God can do
    1. He has the power to forgive sin (Mark 2:1-12).

Paralytic lowered from the roof to be healed. Jesus says “Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins.”

    1. All judgment is in his hands (John 5:27; Acts 17:31).
    2. He sends the Spirit (John 15:26).
    3. He will raise the dead (John 5:25).
    4. He is the Creator (John 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb. 1:10).
    5. He is the Sustainer – upholding all (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3).

 

What evidence supports Jesus’ claim to be God?

Evidence 1: Fulfillment of Prophecy (Luke 24:44)

 

– Some people call this fulfillment of prophecy as a “statistical accident.”

– In Science Speaks, Peter Stoner calculates the mathematical probability of eight of these prophecies being fulfilled in one man: “We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.”

– Illustration: “We take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote in their own wisdom.”

– Jesus fulfilled 300 prophecies!

 

Evidence 2: His Miracles (Luke 7:20, 22)

 

Miracle of Lazarus (John 11)

–          Jesus is a good friend of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha

–          When Jesus heard that Lazarus was near death, he stayed where he was for two days

–          When Jesus arrived, Martha expressed faith and rebuke at the same time (Have you done this to God?)

–          Jesus wept about Lazarus’ death – painful experience

–          Jesus 1) ordered stone to be rolled away; 2) prayed out loud; 3) shouts to Lazarus to come out

–          Lazarus had been dead for four days!

 

Evidence 3: His Resurrection

  1. Jesus not only predicted it by told the number of days!

John 2:19 – Destroy the temple, and I will raise it again in 3 days.

Matt. 12:40 – Jonah was in the belly of a whale 3 days.

Mark 8:31 – Son of Man must suffer, be killed, and rise in 3 days.

  1. He claimed authority behind the Resurrection

John 10:17-18 – I lay down my life… on my own accord.

 

Story of Lee Strobel, reporter for the Chicago Tribune

The date was November 8, 1981. It was Sunday. I locked myself in my home office and spent the afternoon replaying the spiritual journey I had been traveling for 21 months…

I’ll admit it. I was ambushed by the amount and quality of the evidence that Jesus is the unique Son of God. As I sat at my desk that Sunday afternoon, I shook my head in amazement. I had seen defendants carted off to the death chamber on much less convincing proof! The cumulative facts and data pointed unmistakably toward a conclusion that I wasn’t entirely comfortable in reaching…

I realized that my biggest objection to Jesus also had been quieted by the evidence of history. I found myself chuckling at how the tables had been turned.

In light of the convincing facts I had learned during my investigation, in the face of this overwhelming avalanche of evidence in the case for Christ, the great irony was this: it would require much more faith for me to maintain my atheism than to trust in Jesus of Nazareth! …

I talked with God in a heartfelt and unedited prayer, admitting and turning from my wrongdoing, and receiving the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus. I told him that with his help I wanted to follow him and his ways from here on out.

There were no lighting bolts, no audible replies, no tingly sensations. I know that some people feel a rush of emotion at such a moment; as for me, however, there was something else that was equally exhilarating; there was the rush of reason.

 

Jesus Is Teacher’s Outline 1

Jesus is God and Man

Part 1 – 12/5/2004

 

What does it mean when we say that Jesus is both man and God?

Is Jesus…

  • A man who became God?
  • God indwelling a man?
  • God appearing to be a man?
  • A spiritual being ordered by God to become man?
  • Fully God and fully man?

 

John 1:1

1 John 4:2

 

Jesus is God and Jesus is man. He can understand our needs and can meet our needs.

 

Jesus Is God

How do we know Jesus is God?

  1. Jesus said he is God

John 5:18 – He was calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

John 10:30 – I and the Father are one.

John 14:9 – Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

John 8:58 – I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am

 

“… people often say about [Jesus] ‘I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God’ … A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell.” – C.S. Lewis

 

  1. Others said he is God

Isaiah 9:6 – Prophecies of Jesus’ birth before he was born

Philippians 2:10-11 – His disciples

Isaiah 45:22-23 – This is speaking of God

Colossians 2:9 – All the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form

John 1:1-2

 

  1. He is worshipped as God

Philippians 2:10 – At the name of Jesus every knee should bow

Hebrews 1:6 – Jesus regarded as higher than the angels

    1. What did Jesus do in response?

Matthew 28:9-10 – Told them to go tell their brothers

John 20:28-19 – Affirmed Thomas for his belief

    1. What would He have done if He were not God?

Rejected the people’s worship – “No, you’re wrong. Don’t worship me.”

 

  1. He does only what God can do
    1. He has the power to forgive sin (Mark 2:1-12).

Paralytic lowered from the roof to be healed. Jesus says “Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins.”

    1. All judgment is in his hands (John 5:27; Acts 17:31).
    2. He sends the Spirit (John 15:26).
    3. He will raise the dead (John 5:25).
    4. He is the Creator (John 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb. 1:10).
    5. He is the Sustainer – upholding all (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3).

 

What evidence supports Jesus’ claim to be God?

Evidence 1: Fulfillment of Prophecy (Luke 24:44)

 

– Some people call this fulfillment of prophecy as a “statistical accident.”

– In Science Speaks, Peter Stoner calculates the mathematical probability of eight of these prophecies being fulfilled in one man: “We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.”

– Illustration: “We take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote in their own wisdom.”

– Jesus fulfilled 300 prophecies!

 

Evidence 2: His Miracles (Luke 7:20, 22)

 

Miracle of Lazarus (John 11)

–          Jesus is a good friend of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha

–          When Jesus heard that Lazarus was near death, he stayed where he was for two days

–          When Jesus arrived, Martha expressed faith and rebuke at the same time (Have you done this to God?)

–          Jesus wept about Lazarus’ death – painful experience

–          Jesus 1) ordered stone to be rolled away; 2) prayed out loud; 3) shouts to Lazarus to come out

–          Lazarus had been dead for four days!

 

Evidence 3: His Resurrection

  1. Jesus not only predicted it by told the number of days!

John 2:19 – Destroy the temple, and I will raise it again in 3 days.

Matt. 12:40 – Jonah was in the belly of a whale 3 days.

Mark 8:31 – Son of Man must suffer, be killed, and rise in 3 days.

  1. He claimed authority behind the Resurrection

John 10:17-18 – I lay down my life… on my own accord.

 

Story of Lee Strobel, reporter for the Chicago Tribune

The date was November 8, 1981. It was Sunday. I locked myself in my home office and spent the afternoon replaying the spiritual journey I had been traveling for 21 months…

I’ll admit it. I was ambushed by the amount and quality of the evidence that Jesus is the unique Son of God. As I sat at my desk that Sunday afternoon, I shook my head in amazement. I had seen defendants carted off to the death chamber on much less convincing proof! The cumulative facts and data pointed unmistakably toward a conclusion that I wasn’t entirely comfortable in reaching…

I realized that my biggest objection to Jesus also had been quieted by the evidence of history. I found myself chuckling at how the tables had been turned.

In light of the convincing facts I had learned during my investigation, in the face of this overwhelming avalanche of evidence in the case for Christ, the great irony was this: it would require much more faith for me to maintain my atheism than to trust in Jesus of Nazareth! …

I talked with God in a heartfelt and unedited prayer, admitting and turning from my wrongdoing, and receiving the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus. I told him that with his help I wanted to follow him and his ways from here on out.

There were no lighting bolts, no audible replies, no tingly sensations. I know that some people feel a rush of emotion at such a moment; as for me, however, there was something else that was equally exhilarating; there was the rush of reason.

 

Jesus Is Handout 2

Jesus is God and Man

Part 2 – 12/19/2004

 

Have you noticed how easily our lives get caught up in the routine, how our noses stay fixed to the daily grindstone?

 

Anne Ortlund:

You know how a sheep is. He keeps his head down and goes nibble, nibble, nibble.

Out of the corner of his eye he sees a new tuft of grass; he moves four inches right… nibble, nibble.

When have you seen a sheep climb a tree, check the horizons, see where he’s come from and where he wants to go, and climb down a strike out?Never.

Are you identifying with a sheep? Do you pretty much live with your head down?

Now it’s time to go to work…

Mustn’t forget to pick up the pants at the cleaners…

It’s five o’clock; wonder what I should fix for dinner…

It’s Thursday and my book’s due back to the library…

It’s five minutes till time for the school bus…

Nibble, nibble, nibble…?

What consumes you? Where are you going? Have you pinpointed your aim? Does your life have a specific target?

You know, deep inside, what you need.

Fix your eyes on Jesus.

 

Which is easier to believe? That Jesus is God or that He is Man?

 

Jesus Is Man

What would it be like to be in school with Jesus?

 

How do we know that Jesus is man?

 

  1. He had a human ________________ (Isa. 7:14-16; Matt. 1:23; Gal. 4:4)

 

  1. He showed human ________________ (Luke 2:52)

Notice the four human ways that Jesus grew:

 

1. __________________ 2. __________________ 3. __________________ 4. __________________

 

  1. He experienced human __________________.

–          John 11:35

–          Matt. 26:38

–          Mark 10:21; John 11:5; John 13:1; John 19:26-27

–          Mark 6:6

–          Mark 14:33

–          Mark 1:41

–          Mark 3:5

 

  1. He had human ____________________ and _____________________.

–          John 4:6; Mark 4:38

–          Matt. 4:2

–          John 19:28

–          Luke 22:44

–          Matt. 4:1-11

–          Luke 23:46

 

Define: Incarnation

 

Jesus Is Fully God and Fully Man

Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) dealt with false teaching as to the nature of Jesus.

“[Jesus exists] in two natures which exist without confusion, without change, without division, without separation, the difference of the natures having been in no wise taken away by reason of the union, but rather the properties of each being preserved, and both concurring into one person.”

 

Define: Hypostatic Union

How did Jesus limit himself?

  1. Phil. 2:6-8
  2. John 11:1-6
  3. John 14:28
  4. Matt. 24:36

 

The idea of Jesus being limited and yet also being God is difficult to understand. This is one of those times when it’s good to realize that God is so much greater than we are that some of the truths about him are difficult for us to grasp.

Jesus did not lessen himself

Whose decision was it to be born a man, walk this earth, and die on a cross?

Key Personal Perspective

Philippians 2:5-11

 

What is Paul talking about?

What attitude is revealed in Jesus’ willingness to become a man? (vv. 3-4)

 

–          _____________________________________________________

 

–          _____________________________________________________

 

–          _____________________________________________________

 

–          _____________________________________________________

 

–          _____________________________________________________

 

The attitude is _____________________________.

 

As fully man, Jesus shows us that he __________________________ our needs.

 

As fully God, Jesus shows us that he can _____________________ our needs.

 

 

The life of Jesus was about serving others. Those who get close to him end up being more and more like him, wanting to serve others. Who needs your service in Jesus’ name this next week? It doesn’t have to be something big or noticeable.

 

Matthew 10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

 

 

 

Jesus Is Handout 1

Jesus is God and Man

Part 1 – 12/05/2004

 

What does it mean when we say that Jesus is both man and God?

Is Jesus…

  • A man who became God?
  • God indwelling a man?
  • God appearing to be a man?
  • A spiritual being ordered by God to become man?
  • Fully God and fully man?

 

John 1:1

1 John 4:2

 

Jesus Is God

How do we know Jesus is God?

  1. ______________ said he is God

John 5:18

John 10:30

John 14:9

John 8:58

 

“… people often say about [Jesus] ‘I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God’ … A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell.” – C.S. Lewis

 

  1. ______________ said he is God

Isaiah 9:6

Philippians 2:10-11

Isaiah 45:22-23

Colossians 2:9

John 1:1-2

 

  1. He is ______________ as God

Philippians 2:10

Hebrews 1:6

 

  1. He does only what ______________ can do

 

    1. He has the power to _________________ (Mark 2:1-12).

 

    1. All ________________ is in his hands (John 5:27; Acts 17:31).

 

    1. He sends ______________ (John 15:26).

 

    1. He will ____________________ (John 5:25).

 

    1. He is the __________________ (John 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb. 1:10).

 

    1. He is the __________________ – upholding all (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3).

 

What evidence supports Jesus’ claim to be God?

 

Evidence 1: _________________________ (Luke 24:44)

 

 

Evidence 2: _________________________ (Luke 7:20, 22)

 

 

Evidence 3: _________________________

  1. Jesus not only predicted it by told the number of days!

John 2:19

Matt. 12:40

Mark 8:31

  1. He claimed authority behind the Resurrection

John 10:17-18

 

Story of Lee Strobel, reporter for the Chicago Tribune

The date was November 8, 1981. It was Sunday. I locked myself in my home office and spent the afternoon replaying the spiritual journey I had been traveling for 21 months…

I’ll admit it. I was ambushed by the amount and quality of the evidence that Jesus is the unique Son of God. As I sat at my desk that Sunday afternoon, I shook my head in amazement. I had seen defendants carted off to the death chamber on much less convincing proof! The cumulative facts and data pointed unmistakably toward a conclusion that I wasn’t entirely comfortable in reaching…

I realized that my biggest objection to Jesus also had been quieted by the evidence of history. I found myself chuckling at how the tables had been turned.

In light of the convincing facts I had learned during my investigation, in the face of this overwhelming avalanche of evidence in the case for Christ, the great irony was this: it would require much more faith for me to maintain my atheism than to trust in Jesus of Nazareth! …

I talked with God in a heartfelt and unedited prayer, admitting and turning from my wrongdoing, and receiving the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus. I told him that with his help I wanted to follow him and his ways from here on out.

There were no lighting bolts, no audible replies, no tingly sensations. I know that some people feel a rush of emotion at such a moment; as for me, however, there was something else that was equally exhilarating; there was the rush of reason.

 

Relationships Teacher’s Outline

What does God expect of a man?

  1. Masculine Distinction
    1. What does it mean to be masculine? (ie. Pee-Wee Herman, Rambo)

i.      Ability to benchpress your own weight

ii.      Auto grease under your fingernails

iii.      Appetite for meat and potatoes

iv.      Scars from street fights

v.      Deep voice that utters expletives

vi.      Treatment of women and children as slaves

vii.      Loud, opinionated, and bigoted ideas

viii.      Viewing women as sex objects

ix.      Fanatical following of sports

x.      Refusal to cry

xi.      Rough and gruff demeanor

    1. How are men different than women?

i.      smaller stomach

ii.      larger lungs

iii.      20% more red blood cells

iv.      50% greater brute strength

v.      shorter lifespan

vi.      less men are left-handed, dyslexic, or nearsighted

vii.      greater tendency to have allergies

viii.      greater aggressiveness

ix.      stronger sex drive

x.      more stimulated sexually by sight

xi.      less aware of how to develop an interpersonal relationship

xii.      more logical

xiii.      less intuitive

    1. Where in the Bible does it talk about masculinity?

i.      Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

ii.      Genesis 2:18 “It is not good that man should be a lone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

iii.      Adam’s masculinity was incomplete and undefined without feminine human presence.

    1. What does our present-day culture say about masculinity?

i.      Only distinction is reproductive role

ii.      Males say masculinity is the mark of superiority

iii.      Men who look and act more like women (music stars)

iv.      Homosexuality is an acceptable alternative lifestyle

v.      Masculinity = possessing male sex organs with a sex drive

    1. Why has masculinity become so degraded?

i.      Sin! Romans 1:21-24

 

  1. Servant Leadership
    1. Leadership
What it means What it doesn’t mean
– Responsible, compassionate, understanding, accountable, competent, respectable, authoritative, pioneering, exemplary, and God fearing.- Taking initiative, accepting responsibility, and shouldering the weight of accountability before God. – Make all the decisions- Be the boss

 

    1. Servanthood
What it means What it doesn’t mean
– Responsive, respectful, willing, loving, self-sacrificing, and submissive.- Lower oneself, humbly serve another person, to put the best interests of someone else above your own enjoyment. – Unthinking obedience

 

    1. How was Jesus an example of a Servant-Leader?

i.      Phil. 2:5-11 Jesus had the power, but He gave his life

ii.      Matt. 20:28 “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”

iii.      He provided strong leadership, earned respect and obedience of men and women (didn’t force)

    1. How does servant leadership work out in different roles?

i.      As a single man (1 Tim. 4:12-16) – care for others, model a life that is worth following

ii.      As a husband (1 Cor 11:3, Eph 5:25) – head of his wife, love his wife as Christ loved the church, put his love into action

iii.      As a father (Deut 6:6-9, Eph 6:4, 1 Tim 5:8, Eph 6:4, Col 3:21) – training his children, provide for their needs, does not exasperate them

iv.      As a church leader (1 Pet 5:1-4) – lead people under their care (like a shepherd)

v.      As a member of society (Dan 1,6) – take a stand for God, do what is right despite the risk

    1. Why is leadership in marriage and in the church a male quality? What does headship mean?

i.      Men and women are equal in Christ (Gal. 3:28). They each have a different function.

ii.      Leadership != superiority, and supportive != inferiority

iii.      Father is head of Christ, but they are equal (1 Cor 11:3)

iv.      Men should be leaders in the church (1 Cor 11:7-11, 1 Tim 2:13)

v.      Headship = “origin” or “source”

vi.      Paul: God > Jesus Christ > Church

vii.      Qualifications for church leaders (1 Tim 3:4,5,12): older women to teach younger women to be obedient to their husbands.

viii.      “Battle of the sexes” began at the fall when men and women tried to dominate each other.

ix.      Women should not be passive slaves.

    1. Why is a servant attitude so important?

i.      Leadership without loving service produces a dictator.

ii.      A man worth following expresses true love (1 Cor. 13)

 

  1. Spiritual Equality
    1. Why does inequality exist?

i.      People try to protect their own interests by denying the rights of others.

ii.      Prejudice and discrimination

iii.      Misinterpretation of the Bible

iv.      Male and female insecurities, failures, and overreactions

v.      Men failing to treat women as equals

vi.      Women doing well in traditionally male roles

vii.      Women desiring opportunities for service

    1. Were women created to be equals of men? Does equality mean sameness? Can men and women be considered equals if we make a distinction in their functions?

i.      “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27)

ii.      “God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over… every living thing that moves on the earth.’” (Gen. 1:28)

iii.      Eve was made to be a “helper comparable to him” (Gen. 2:18)

iv.      God made men and women with complimentary strengths.

    1. What does the Bible say about the equality of male and female? (Gal. 3:26-29)

i.      Gal 3:26-29 Men and women both have the same access to God

    1. How should men treat women?

i.      With purity (1 Tim. 5:2-4, Heb 13:4) – treat women as sisters, impure sexual joking or sexual activity outside marriage is forbidden.

ii.      With understanding (1 Pet 3:7) – invest time to try to understand how a woman thinks, feels, and acts. Men should not expect women to be like them.

iii.      With dignity and honor (1 Tim 5:2, 1 Pet 3:7, Rom 12:10) – treat older women as mothers, men honor women.

iv.      With love (Eph 4:25-33, Matt 7:12, 22:39) – treat women as he would want to be treated.

v.      With an awareness of their giftedness (1 Cor 12:4-17) – both men and women are spiritually gifted.

vi.      With submission (Eph 5:21) – men should be self-sacrificing

    1. Thinking It Over

i.      How do men treat women in your family, church, or community?

ii.      Do you agree that complementary functions should not be thought of as being unequal in value?

iii.      How should a man (as a single, married, or church leader) encourage women to use their spiritual gifts?

 

 

  1. Strength Of Character
    1. What is the strength of character?

i.      DL Moody: “Character is what you are in the dark”

ii.      Stands for what is right, lives out his convictions

iii.      Godliness and spiritual maturity, consistency of character, proper self-image

    1. What produces strong character?

i.      (Rom. 5:1, Eph. 1,2) Self-confidence

ii.      (Eph. 2:10, Phil 3:16, Titus 2:12-14, Jas. 2:14-26) Consistency

iii.      (Phil. 2:12, 3:12-14, 1 Tim. 4:7) Training

iv.      (Matt. 6:33, 1 Sam. 13:13-14) Right priorities

v.      (1 Cor. 11:1, Heb. 12:1-3, 13:7, 1 Pet. 2:21) Following the right example

vi.      (1 John 2:5) Obedience to God’s commands

vii.      (1 Pet. 2:2) A steady diet of God’s word

viii.      (Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18, Phil. 4:13) Relying on the strength of the Spirit

ix.      (Jas. 2:14-26) Right choices

x.      (Prov. 3:5,6) Trusting and depending on God

xi.      (Eph. 4:7-16) Learning from others

    1. What are some strong character qualities? (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

i.      “above reproach” (v.2) – “blameless,” have a pattern of life that is consistent with biblical standards.

ii.      “husband of but one wife” (v.2) – “a one-woman man” (Gr), faithful to wife, doesn’t flirt

iii.      “temperate” (v.2) – “a man  who is temperate does not lose his physical, psychological, and spiritual orientation. He remains stable and steadfast, and his thinking is clear” (Gene Getz)

iv.      “self-controlled” (v.2) – sensible in thinking and actions, sound judgment

v.      “respectable” (v.2) – “of good behavior,” respectable and honorable in his actions

vi.      “hospitable” (v.2) – “loving strangers” (Gr), friendly, willing to help those in need

vii.      “able to teach” (v.2) – ability to teach others about faith, to be “teachable”

viii.      “not given to drunkenness” (v.3)

ix.      “not violent” (v.3) – “not a striker” (Gr), applies to actions and words

x.      “gentle” (v.3) – gracious, kind, and considerate of others

xi.      “not quarrelsome” (v.3) – not always looking for an argument

xii.      “not a lover of money” (v.3) – acquiring money or possessions should not be a priority

xiii.      “manage his own family well” (v.4)

xiv.      “children obey him with proper respect” (v.4)

xv.      “not a recent convert” (v.5) – new believer who becomes a leader can become prideful, man should not take responsibility that he is not mature enough to handle

xvi.      “good reputation with outsiders” (v.7)

    1. How did men in the Bible display strength of character?

i.      (Gen. 6, Heb. 11:7) Noah – light in the darkness

ii.      (Gen. 13) Abraham – gave Lot the first choice of land

iii.      (Gen. 39, Gen. 42-45) Joseph – fled sexual temptation, did not avenge brothers

iv.      (Heb. 11:24,25) Moses – obeyed God instead of pursuing pleasure

v.      (1 Sam. 24) David – showed respect to King Saul

vi.      (Dan. 1:8, 6:10-23) Daniel – did not compromise his standards

vii.      (Ruth 2-4) Boaz – protected Ruth’s safety and honor

viii.      (Acts 6:3,5) Stephen – “of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom”

ix.      (1 Cor. 9:19-23, 24-27) Paul – spiritual sensitivity to believers with weak consciences, guarded his integrity

x.      (Acts 4:36, 11:23-24, 15:46-41) Barnabas – encouraged others, took the risk of giving Mark a second chance

 

What does God expect of a woman?

  1. Feminine Distinction
Males Females
– muscular and aggressive and loud- initiator

– statistical edge in objective and spatial reasoning

– priorities: 1) sexual fulfillment, 2) recreational companionship, 3) an attractive spouse, 4) domestic support, 5) admiration

– Bible does not say that men should not be sensitive, emotional, compassionate, and responsive (Moses, David)

– kind, compassionate, sensitive, and tender- responder

– excel in logic of the heart

– priorities: 1) affection, 2) conversation, 3) honesty and openness, 4) financial support, 5) family commitment

– Bible says it is foolish for a woman not to lead, be strong, or assert herself (Deborah, Esther)

–          Distinctions in appearance (Deut. 22:5, 1 Cor. 11:14,15)

–          Distinctions in roles (1 Tim. 5:9-15, Titus 2:4,5) – there is honor in marrying, having children, and managing the home and use it at as a place of Christian hospitality

o        It is not a matter of how intelligent you are; it is a matter of God’s design for the family

o        It depends on if the woman is married, has children, and if the husband can provide for the home (Ruth, Deborah, and Anna had roles outside the home)

–          Distinctions in sexual relationships (Rom. 1:26,27)

–          Thinking It Over

o        How does knowing the differences between males and females help me in my relationships?

o        What do I think about the Biblical truths of distinction in appearance, roles, and sexual relationships? How does that affect my thoughts about what to expect in a relationship?

 

 

 

  1. Selective Submission
    1. Submission is what God wants
    2. Woman has the opportunity and responsibility to be selective in their submission

 

Eph. 5:22-25, 1 Cor. 11:1-3

–          submission is not negotiable

–          God ordained responsibility to obey and recognize husband’s leadership

 

1 Pet. 3:1-2 submission is right even when the husband is not godly

Acts 5:29 God doesn’t expect wives to always obey husband/church leader (like citizen required to obey government)

Acts 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira are examples of mindless following

1 Sam. 25:18-44 Abigail didn’t follow husband who tried to defy David

 

–          Wife is required to follow husband; when husband asks something against will of God, they are free to refuse

–          Roles are not dependent on how the other person is; husband to serve his wife lovingly if she is not submissive; wife is to be submissive even if the husband is not loving

–          Men are not perfect; how can women commit their care and judgment to men?

 

Eph. 5:21-33 married woman is responsible to follow husband as husband is responsible to follow God

–          submission to husband implies confidence in God

–          God has the woman’s best interest in mind

–          God will intervene when there is something wrong.

 

1 Pet. 3:5-6 Sarah as an example of someone who is respected for her submission

Gen. 16:5-6 Sarah was not mindlessly passive and expressed her deeply felt hurt; she recognized that she and her husband were being watched.

1 Pet. 3:1 wife should take a stand for what is right

 

1 Cor. 11:3-16, 1 Tim 2:11-15 woman is to take supportive role in church

– women are ministry participants – not pastors, elders, apostles

– women should minister to each other

 

 

  1. Spiritual Equality

 

 

  1. Strength Of Character

1.       A woman’s strength of character is found in the person and example of Jesus Christ

–          1 Pet. 2:13-3:6

–          Jesus knew how to live under the worst kind of authority and still make the best of it

–          Jesus never stopped being godly just because He was living under evil authority

–          Col. 3:12-17

2.       A woman’s strength of character is found in an ancient formula

–          1 Pet. 3:3-5

–          Women should not depend on jewelry, clothes, and cosmetics to be beautiful

–          Graciousness, strength, and integrity

3.       A woman’s strength of character is made perfect in weakness

–          2 Cor. 4:7

–          2 Cor. 12 talks about Paul’s struggle to cope with physical weakness

–          2 Cor. 12:9

–          Physical weakness gives women occasion to become strong in the Lord.

4.       A woman’s strength of character must be channeled through her circumstances

–          Single women – 1 Cor. 7:34-35

–          Married women – Titus 2:3-5

 

Biblical Models

1.       Abigail (1 Sam. 25)

2.       The daughters of Zelophehad (Num. 27:1-11)

3.       Deborah (Judg. 4:1-24)

4.       Esther (Esth. 2:1-18; 4:10-7:10)

5.       Naomi (Ruth 1:3-5, 1:20-21, 2:20)

6.       Ruth (Ruth 1:6-18, 2:22-23, 3:1-6, 2:14,18, 2:3-7, 2:11, 3:10, 3:11, 4:15, 3:3, 3:9)

 

Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31:10-31)

–          commendable wife and mother

–          lives for her home and family

–          industrious

–          self-disciplined and orderly

–          sharp business woman

–          has good, refined tastes

–          hospitable

–          charitable in time of need

–          spiritually minded

Relationships Series Summary

Relationships Series Summary

What does God expect of a Man?

1.       Masculine Distinction

a.       Men have smaller stomachs, larger lungs, 20% more red blood cells, 50% greater brute strength, shorter lifespan

b.       Less men are left-handed, dyslexic, or nearsighted

c.        Men have a greater tendency to have allergies and be aggressive

d.       Men have a stronger sex drive and are more stimulated sexually by sight

e.       Men are less aware of how to develop an interpersonal relationship

f.        Men are more logical and less intuitive

g.       In Genesis 1:27 and 2:18 it describes of how man was created in God’s image, and woman was created out of man

2.       Servant Leadership

a.       Leaders are responsible, compassionate, understanding, accountable, competent, respectable, authoritative, pioneering, exemplary, and God fearing. They take the initiative, accept responsibility, and shoulder the weight of accountability before God.

b.       Leaders do not make all the decisions, and leadership does not mean to be the boss.

c.        Servants are responsive, respectful, willing, loving, self-sacrificing, and submissive. Servanthood means to lower oneself, humbly serve another person, to put the best interests of someone else above your own enjoyment.

d.       Servanthood does not mean unthinking obedience.

e.       Servant leadership applies to single men (1 Tim. 4:12-16), husbands (1 Cor. 11:3, Eph. 5:25), fathers (Deut. 6:6-9, Eph. 6:4, 1 Tim. 5:8, Col. 3:21), church leaders (1 Pet. 5:1-4), and members of society (Dan. 1, 6).

3.       Spiritual Equality

a.       God created both man and woman in His image (Gen. 1:27)

b.       Eve was made to be a helper for Adam (Gen. 2:18) – Different role does not mean lower position

c.        Men and women both have the same access to God (Gal. 3:26-29)

4.       Strength of Character

a.       “Character is what you are in the dark” (D.L. Moody)

b.       Strong character qualities (1 Tim. 3:1-7)

What does God expect of a Woman?

1.       Feminine Distinction

a.       Women are kind, compassionate, sensitive, and tender

b.       Women tend to be responders rather than initiators

c.        Women excel in the logic of the heart

d.       For women priorities in relationship are: 1) affection, 2) conversation, 3) honesty and openness, 4) financial support, and 5) family commitment

e.       The Bible says that it is foolish for a woman not to lead, be strong, or assert herself

f.        There is nothing wrong with a woman marrying, having children, and managing the home

2.       Selective Submission

a.       Submission is what God wants

b.       Woman has the responsibility and opportunity to be selective in their submission

c.        Submission is not negotiable, and God ordained the responsibility to obey and recognize the husband’s leadership (Eph. 5:22-25, 1 Cor. 11:1-3)

d.       Submission is right even when the husband is not godly (1 Pet. 3:1-2)

e.       Wife is responsible for following her husband as the husband is responsible for follow God (Eph. 5:21-33)

3.       Spiritual Equality

a.       When women submit, they are not inferior. They are in a different (support) role, which does not equal less honor, less potential, or makes them less of a person.

b.       As God the Father and God the Son are equal in status but different in roles, the same goes for man and woman.

c.        Men and women are co-heirs of God’s gift of life in Jesus (Gal. 3:26-28). Our differences are temporary; in heaven men and women are the same.

4.       Strength of Character

a.       A woman’s strength of character is found in the person and example of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:13-3:6)

b.       A woman’s strength of character is found in an ancient formula (1 Pet. 3:3-5)

c.        A woman’s strength of character is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 4:7, 12:9)

d.       A woman’s strength of character must be channeled through her circumstances (1 Cor. 7:34-35, Titus 2:3-5)

e.       Example of a Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31:10-31)

 

Relationships Handout 8

What Does God Expect Of A Woman?

Feminine Distinction

Selective Submission

Spiritual Equality

 

Strength Of Character

 

  1. A woman’s strength of character is found in _______________________________

(1 Peter 2:13-3:6, Colossians 3:12-17)

 

 

 

 

  1. A woman’s strength of character is found in _______________________________

(1 Peter 3:3-5)

 

 

 

 

  1. A woman’s strength of character is ______________________ in ___________________

(2 Corinthians 4:7, 12:9)

 

 

 

 

  1. A woman’s strength of character must be channeled through her ____________________

(1 Corinthians 7:34-35, Titus 2:3-5)

 

 

 

 

Biblical Models

1.     Abigail (1 Sam. 25)

2.     The daughters of Zelophehad (Num. 27:1-11)

3.     Deborah (Judg. 4:1-24)

4.     Esther (Esth. 2:1-18; 4:10-7:10)

5.     Naomi (Ruth 1:3-5, 1:20-21, 2:20)

6.     Ruth (Ruth 1:6-18, 2:22-23, 3:1-6, 2:14,18, 2:3-7, 2:11, 3:10, 3:11, 4:15, 3:3, 3:9)

 

Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31:10-31)

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking It Over

  1. As a single person, how will I dedicate my life to serve and glorify God, until He gives me a wife/husband?
  2. How will I strengthen my character as I meditate on Colossians 3:12-17?

Relationships Handout 6

What Does God Expect Of A Woman?

Feminine Distinction

 

Selective Submission

 

Key Points

1.

 

2.

 

 

Eph. 5:22-25, 1 Cor. 11:1-3, 1 Pet. 3:1-2

 

 

 

Examples: Acts 5:1-11, 1 Sam. 25:18-44

 

 

 

If men are so unreliable, how can a woman commit herself to his care and judgment? (Eph. 5:22-25, 1 Pet. 3:5-6, Gen. 15:5-6, 1 Pet. 3:1)

 

 

 

 

 

What role should women play in the church? (1 Cor. 11:3-16, 1 Tim. 2:11-15)

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking It Over

  1. How does knowing God’s view of submission of men and women change my attitude towards this issue?
  2. How will I encourage the opposite gender, now that I understand the responsibilities given to them by God?

Relationships Handout 5

What Does God Expect Of A Woman?

 

Feminine Distinction

 

What are the differences between males and females?

 

Males Females
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How should men and women be distinct in appearance? (Deut. 22:5, 1 Cor. 11:14,15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How should men and women be distinct in roles? (1 Tim. 5:9-15, Titus 2:4,5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How should men and women be distinct in sexual relationships? (Rom. 1:26,27)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking It Over

  1. How does knowing the differences between males and females help me in my relationships?
  2. What do I think about the Biblical truths of distinction in appearance, roles, and sexual relationships? How does that affect my thoughts about what to expect in a relationship?

Relationships Handout 4

What Does God Expect Of A Man?

  1. Masculine Distinction
  2. Servant Leadership
  3. Spiritual Equality

 

Strength of Character

  1. What is strength of character?

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What produces strong character?

a.       (Rom. 5:1, Eph. 1,2)

 

b.      (Eph. 2:10, Phil 3:16, Titus 2:12-14, Jas. 2:14-26)

 

c.       (Phil. 2:12, 3:12-14, 1 Tim. 4:7)

 

d.      (Matt. 6:33, 1 Sam. 13:13-14)

 

e.       (1 Cor. 11:1, Heb. 12:1-3, 13:7, 1 Pet. 2:21)

 

f.        (1 John 2:5)

 

g.       (1 Pet. 2:2)

 

h.       (Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18, Phil. 4:13)

 

i.         (Jas. 2:14-26)

 

j.        (Prov. 3:5,6)

 

k.      (Eph. 4:7-16)

 

  1. What are some strong character qualities? (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

 

 

 

 

 

  1. How did men in the Bible display strength of character?

i.      (Gen. 6, Heb. 11:7)

 

ii.      (Gen. 13)

 

iii.      (Gen. 39, Gen. 42-45)

 

iv.      (Heb. 11:24,25)

 

v.      (1 Sam. 24)

 

vi.      (Dan. 1:8, 6:10-23)

 

vii.      (Ruth 2-4)

 

viii.      (Acts 6:3,5)

 

ix.      (1 Cor. 9:19-23, 24-27)

 

x.      (Acts 4:36, 11:23-24, 15:46-41)

 

 

 

Thinking It Over

  1. Men, what are you doing to develop strength of character in your life?

Women, what are you doing to encourage men to display these characteristics?

  1. Men, how do you measure up to the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7?

Women, are you looking for these qualities in the relationships you seek?

  1. What can you do today and in the coming days to be more like Christ?