Sermon Outline 3/13/11

Here are the main points of Sunday morning’s sermon as we take a brief break from the gospel of John and open a new series on the Christian family.  This week we will address Christian men.

Hopefully, we can help men steer between the deadly ditches of being a dominating tyrant or a passive wimp.  Consider the following:

The Christian Man as a Husband (Ephesians 5:25-33; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7)

This instruction from our main text (Eph. 5) comes in the context of our being imitators of God and walking in love (vv. 1-2).  The way that this is done is by shunning immorality (v.3), walking in light (v.8) and living wise, Spirit-filled lives of service and subjection to one another (15-21).  So the immediate instruction preceding this familiar passage is that of Christian mutual subjection.

Mutual subjection is the general duty of all believers and it is accompanied by the special duty of wives to submit to their husbands, husbands to love their wives and children to obey their parents.

God’s command to men is simple, to love our wives.  Executing the command, however is not!  Perhaps this is because a husband’s love for his wife is multi-faceted.   Here are six of the facets that make a husband’s love for his wife shine brilliantly.

I.                    A Christian Husband Should Love His Wife Tenderly (Colossians 3:19)

II.                  A Christian Husband Should Love His Wife Sacrificially (Ephesians 5:25)

III.                A Christian Husband Should Love  His Wife with Intentionality (Ephesians 5:26-27)

IV.                A Christian Husband Should Love His Wife Instinctively (Ephesians 5:28-29a)

V.                  A Christian Husband Should Love His Wife Exclusively (Ephesians 5:29b-31)

VI.                A Christian Husband Should Love His Wife in Light of Eternity (1 Peter 3:7)

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