by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: Fathers, Do Not Exasperate Your Children
Series: Family Business
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 6:4

Having exhorted Christian children to obey their parents, Paul turns his attention to "fathers" (Gk. pateres, which can mean "parents"), telling them to avoid exasperating and to concentrate on educating their children in "the Lord."

I. Concentrate on the Education of Children.

A. The objective of the education: "bring them up" (Gk. ektrepho). See 5:29

1. Well nourished in the "instruction of the Lord."

a. They understand the Lordship of Jesus. (28 references in Ephesians)

b. They understand the relevance of His Lordship. See Luke 2:52
i. Intellectually: "wisdom."
ii. Physically: "stature."
iii. Spiritually: "favor with God."
iv. Socially: "and man."

B. The means to the education.
1. Training (Gk. paidei =discipline).
a. Direction.
b. Inspection.
c. Correction.

2. Instruction (Gk. nouthesi =verbal instruction).


Part 6: Living in the Spirit's Fullness
Series: Family Business
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 5:18

The Bible gives detailed instructions about such practical issues as marriage, parenting, and employment. But it is important to realize that they are related to such spiritual issues as "living in the fullness of the Spirit." We need to understand the connection.

I. What Does the Bible Actually Say?

A. Healthy relationships stem from the Spirit's fullness.
1. The verb "be filled."
2. The dependent participles: speaking, singing, thanking, submitting.

B. The Spirit's fullness is normative for all God's people.
1. Imperative mood: it's a command.
2. Present tense: it's a continual experience.
3. Passive voice: it's something you allow to happen.
4. Plural form: it's for everybody.

II. What Does the Expression Mean?

A. The contrast: "do not get drunk with wine," do "be filled with the Spirit."
B. The context: to be "drunk" is to be captivated, motivated, activated by alcohol.
C. The content: to be "filled" is to be captivated, motivated, activated by the Spirit.

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