A Pastor’s Job


This is something I have been wanting to write for a while,there seems to be a lot of people who think they know what a pastor should do and when they don’t do what they think they should they lash out at the pastor and the pastor’s family or they leave the church to find a pastor that will do what they want him to do. The pastor of the church you attend is not an employee of the congregation, He is not a whipping boy to lash out on and although he may be your friend that is not his primary role. I have seen a lot of people take their pastor as their friend first and when the pastor has to correct they get mad ,offended and leave the church. What people don’t realize is that after the President of the USA a pastors job is the next in line as being one of the most stressful jobs. A pastor has to care for people who will turn around and hate him for not agreeing with them. A pastor stays up at night praying for people who won’t change and will lie and accuse the pastor. A pastor’s wife will go through straight hell all the while whilst trying to keep her composure and a smile, being friendly to those who stab her husband in the back. His children will be held to standards that people won’t hold any other kids up to. And if they step just a little out of line then the pastor is “disqualified” in their eyes. Everyone will think they know the pastors job and know how to do it better. And if he stands up for biblical beliefs against opinions of people they will leave the church and talk bad about him.
In the end pray for your pastor more than you criticize him. 
The word is very clear on this subject. 
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Hebrews 13:17 ESV

The primary terms that describe the role of the pastor are “elder,” “bishop,” and “teacher” (1 Timothy 3:1-4) refers to the oversight of the believers, and it involves teaching, preaching, caring, and exercising authority where needed.

The elder also serves in the church as leader and teacher. In Titus 1:5-9, Paul urges Titus to “appoint elders in every city.” They will teach and lead the congregation in their spiritual development. Also, in 1 Peter 5:1-4, Peter addresses his “fellow elders” and tells them to “be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve” (v. 2). 

Every church, whether large or small, needs a pastor who will shepherd, lead, feed, and guide the people to spiritual growth and service for the Lord Jesus.
Nowhere do I see doormat, punching bag, open to refute, no need to have respect for, come against them for no reason, don’t listen to their teachings, say harsh words to them, accuse them for no reason, come against their family, leave the church when they teach something that you don’t agree with.

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Jesus is Savior

Jesus is the Christ

1 Timothy 1:15(HCSB)15 This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them.

“The title Christ is so often used in conjunction with the name of Jesus that it has virtually become His name. One does not normally refer to Jesus as “Jesus bar Joseph” or even as “Jesus of Nazareth.” Rather, His full name is considered to be “Jesus Christ.” Because the term Christ is perceived to be a name, the full significance of it may be lost. Actually, Jesus is a name but Christ is a title. It is used more often than any other title for Jesus in the New Testament.

Christ comes from the Greek word christos, which means “anointed.” It corresponds to the Hebrew word translated “messiah.” When Jesus is called “Christ,” He is being called “the Messiah.” If we were to translate the name and the title directly into English, we would say “Jesus Messiah.” With this title, we are making a confession of faith that Jesus is the long-awaited anointed one of Israel, the Savior who would redeem His people.”

Excerpt From: R.C. Sproul  “Who Is Jesus?.”

Romans 6:10-11(HCSB)6 For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! 9 Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.

Jesus as Savior

There are other titles of note ascribed to Jesus. He is the Rabbi, the second Adam, the Mediator. But no title captures His work more completely than Savior. The believers of the early church bore witness to this when they used the sign of the fish as their cryptic signal of identification. The acrostic formed by the letters of the Greek word for “fish” stands for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”

God Himself named Jesus as an infant. Jesus means “the Lord saves” or “the one through whom the Lord saves.” Thus, Jesus’ own name carries within it the idea of savior. His titles—Logos, Messiah, Son of Man—all indicate Jesus’ qualifications to be the Savior of men. He alone has the credentials to offer atonement, to triumph over death, to reconcile people to God.
2 Corinthians 5:19(HCSB)19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.

Romans 5:10(HCSB)10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!

Notice it says while we were still sinners, not after we became good, not after we decided to follow Him, not after we got our act together, but while we were at our worst.
Romans 3:10-11(HCSB)10 as it is written:There is no one righteous, not even one.11 There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. We are separated from God. Sin caused man’s separation from God, however God Loves us so much, that He provides the Way back into fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ. His steadfast loving kindness leads us to repentance, His grace, and mercy, forgives us of all our sins, even though none of us deserves it. No one can earn forgiveness, and reconciliation to God, it is a free gift, to those who believe, and accept it by Faith.

The original sin of Adam and Eve brought devastation to all mankind and separation from God. All men and women are born with the same sin nature in their spirit. We all have impure spirits and we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Isaiah 59:2(HCSB) But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.
Romans 5:8(HCSB) 8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

BUT GOD: in spite of our ignorance and rebellion, He is RICH in mercy, and His GREAT love! Think about this… When we were at our worst God reached down and saved us from His wrath!! He loved us so much that HE made a way for us.

We were “adopted” into the family. First adoption is “from Him”—from God. “In love he predestined us for adoption.”Ephesians 1:4-5(HCSB)4 For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love 5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,
When people come to know Christ as their Savior, they are brought into a relationship with God that guarantees their eternal security. Jude 24-25 (HCSB) Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.

God’s power is able to keep the believer from falling. It is up to Him, not us, to present us before His glorious presence. Our eternal security is a result of God keeping us, not us maintaining our own salvation. Because if we had to “MAINTAIN” our Salvation then it would be a works based salvation, not a grace based salvation. What is more, we can add nothing to Grace. Before we were saved, we had nothing to contribute to the process

Ephesians 2:8-9(HCSB)8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast.

The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, John 10:27-29(HSCB) My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. Both Jesus and the Father have us firmly grasped in their hand. Who could possibly separate us from the grip of both the Father and the Son? Jesus tells us that he gives eternal life to the sheep, the Christians.  He clearly and definitely states that they shall never perish.  There is no qualifier here.  There is no statement such as, “they shall never perish if they remain faithful.”  There is only the clear declaration that they shall never perish.  This inability to perish is a result of the Lord Jesus giving them eternal life.

Furthermore, Jesus says that no one shall snatch them out of his hand, which further emphasizes the idea that those who have eternal life will never perish.  But, can we snatch ourselves out of Jesus’ hand?  No, we can’t because the term “no one” includes the person who is saved.  Therefore, you cannot snatch yourself out of Christ’s hand.

There are opponents to this position that would state elsewhere in Scripture such declarations exist that teach we can lose our salvation.

Here is where the relevance of Jesus crashes into our lives, bringing crisis.

John 3:15-16 (HCSB) so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. This tells us that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will “have eternal life.” If a person were to be promised eternal life, but then have it taken away, it was never “eternal” to begin with. If eternal security is not true, the promises of eternal life in the Bible would be in error.

Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. Greek – Hamartia means not hitting the target; to miss the mark. The Bible declares  Romans 3:23(HCSB)23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness (righteousness and justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man. Sin entered in through the fall of Adam,Romans 5:12(HCSB)Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.
The doctrine of total depravity is an acknowledgement that the Bible teaches as a result of the fall of man (Genesis 3:6) every part of man—his mind, will, emotions and flesh—have been corrupted by sin. In other words, sin affects all areas of our being including who we are and what we do. It penetrates to the very core of our being so that everything is tainted by sin and “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” before a holy God (Isaiah 64:6). It acknowledges that the Bible teaches that we sin because we are sinners by nature.
Salvation is deliverance from danger or suffering; to save from consequences of sin.
What are we saved from? In the doctrine of salvation, we are saved from God’s wrath, that is, from God’s judgment of sin Romans 5:9(HCSB)9 Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. 

Our sin has separated us from God, and the consequence of sin is death

Romans 6:23(NLT) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. He will return again from the heavens and will judge the world and all people” Acts 1:11(HCSB)11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven.”. Yet, at the same time, He is still divine, Colossians 2:9(HCSB)9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ,

Jesus never did anything wrong. He performed many miracles such as healing, casting out demons, walking on water, calming a storm with the command, raising people from the dead, and rising from the dead Himself. Though there have been many great teachers throughout history, none of them have performed such miracles and claimed to be divine as Jesus claimed. This is why we can believe Him when He says, John 14:6 (HCSB)6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

We trust what Jesus said.

The only way to be saved by grace is by putting your trust in what Jesus did on the cross. He never sinned, and He bore our sin in His body. He paid the price. He satisfied the penalty of the law by dying on the cross, Because our righteous deeds are filthy rags before God, then we have nothing that is pure to offer God. Therefore, the only thing left for us to do is to trust what Christ has done on the cross by faith. That is why the Bible tells us that we are made right before God by faith. Therefore, to be saved by grace means to be safe from the righteous judgment of God by the unmerited favor found only in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Jesus + Nothing = Salvation. Period!

Men and Warriors

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV) Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Our world is in desperate need of men who are strong mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our world needs men who are willing to stand though the heavens may fall. Men who are willing to stand for what’s right no matter the circumstances. God wants men, real men who are willing to stand up for him. Are you willing to stand up no matter what?

1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

Today we have too many boys with beards, men who stay children even though they can have babies and grow beards.

The swords of the warriors of the churches are dull,

We rely on the women to fight the battles in the secret place.Today in American Homes, American Society, and in the Lord’s Churches the exact same thing is happening. Because of a prolonged exposure to a misguided culture.. manhood, true manhood and True Fatherhood is slowly getting feminized until there is now very little masculinity left of them.

Far too many men have become detached, distant and passive in the 2 most important areas of their life — Home and Church. They no longer take lead; or show the imitative, they avoid responsibility. They run away from commitment and resist obligation; and they renege on the promises that they made to their wives, children, Church and Lord.

And this lack of manhood and father hood — THIS shrinking away of true men has hurt our families, society and our churches… and the damage done in the church has been no less staggering. many times churches have become stagnant or have decayed, as men cower in the background afraid to act; afraid to lead; afraid to accept responsibility; afraid to do the right thing… and many times in many places this lack of male leadership has created a void that has been filled by the ladies of the church… who many times do more work, are more commitment, will see things through to the end and know more about the word of God…many times when a job needs to be done in the church men will say, “i don’t want be in charge, but i’ll help — in other words i don’t want to be a leader, i don’t want responsibility, i want a way out…” there is a serious problem in our society — men are missing from action — they are backing away from their God given responsibility at home and in the church.

God has ordained father rule in the home and man rule in his church… Men are the ones in charge.. They are the leaders and with leadership comes responsibility… And far too many men have abandoned these posts of leadership — in the home, and in the church. They have left their posts and the damage has been great.

So, let me ask you men a question. When the first man and his wife were in the Garden of Eden, who sinned first, Eve or Adam? Eve did. Eve partook, and he observed. And then God comes in Genesis 3, and who does he call out for? Adam. He calls out to Adam, “Where are you?”

Why does he do that? Is it that he did not hold her responsible for her sin? No, we read in Genesis 3 that God came to her, spoke to her about her sin, that there are consequences for women today because of the sin of Eve. But God held the man primarily responsible, because he’s the head of his family.

That’s why we read in Romans 5:12(HCSB)12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned …because of the man’s sin, the whole race fell. Women are responsible for their sin. Wives are responsible for their sin, but their husbands, in addition, also bear responsibility. What does this mean for your family? It means that the well-being of our wife and our family is our responsibility.

1 Corinthians 11:2(HCSB)But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ..

1 Corinthians 11:7-12(HCSB)A man, in fact, should not cover his head, because he is God’s image and glory, but woman is man’s glory. For man did not come from woman, but woman came from man. And man was not created for woman, but woman for man. 10 This is why a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman. 12 For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman, and all things come from God. Paul says that the woman is the glory of the man. That means that she is the reflection of his affection, that if she is flourishing, it should be because of his loving investment and involvement.

You men need to know that we will stand before God. You husbands, in particular, need to know that we will stand before God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the one who knows and sees all, and we’re going to give an account for ourselves, as men. And if we’re privileged to be husbands, we will also give an account for our wife. And if we’re given the great blessing of children, we will also give an account for our children. They will give an account, as well, but we will give an account for everyone that is under our authority.

This is what it means when the Bible uses the language of “head,” that we are responsible, in the sight of God, for the well-being of our wives and children. And so, men, you need to know that if your wife struggles or fails to grow in godliness, if your children struggle or fail to grow in godliness, it is your responsibility in the sight of God; in addition to their responsibility, but it is your responsibility, as well, and that’s what the Bible means when it uses the word “head,” and it does so in many places.

Ephesians 5:22-32(HCSB)22 Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30 since we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.

Colossians 3:18-19(HCSB)18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.19 Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.

1 Peter 3:1-7(HCSB) In the same way, wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the Christian message, they may be won over[a] without a message by the way their wives live when they observe your pure, reverent lives. Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments[b] or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside[c] the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes. For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when you do what is good and are not frightened by anything alarming. Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives with an understanding of their weaker nature[d] yet showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Men we are called to Love our wives and Women you are called to obey and respect your husbands there is no variable in this. But what exactly is love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7(HCSB)Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, 5 does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

In the covenant of marriage, Jesus Christ is the capital-H Head. The Head of your marriage is Jesus, and the lowercase-h head is the husband, and the husband is to be part of the church, and learning about Jesus, and seeing how Jesus loves and serves and sanctifies the church. And then he’s supposed to take those examples from Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, be something like Jesus to his wife, so that she’s cherished, and she’s nurtured, and she’s loved, and she’s pursued, and she’s forgiven, so that she grows in godliness and grace and gloriousness, that the woman is the glory of the man, that she reflects his investment. As a church matures and grows, it reflects the service and the sacrifice of Jesus. So it is with the woman. As she grows, and flourishes, and as her children grow and flourish, it shows the service and sacrifice of her husband and her Lord.

Here’s the bottom line, guys. You need to love her like Christ loved the church. You need to take responsibility like Jesus took responsibility. You need to pursue her. You need to invest in her. You need to care for her. You need to cherish her and nourish her with the grace that God gives you.

Now, what this doesn’t mean—Ephesians 5, and Colossians 3,1 Peter 3, and 1 Corinthians 11; the Bible says this many, many, many times—what it doesn’t mean when it says that the husband is the head of the wife, it doesn’t mean that men are the masters, superior or the bosses over women.

And when your wife is not flourishing, or your children are not flourishing, we will ask the same question that God asked Adam, “Where are you?” And what we will want you to do is take responsibility.

The essence of masculinity is the taking of responsibility. It doesn’t matter how much beer you can drink, or how much meat you can eat, or how loud you can belch. That does not make you a man. A monkey can do that. A gorilla can do it even better than you. That doesn’t make you a man. We live in a day where masculinity is defined by some sort of ridiculous machismo. Ultimately, masculinity is about taking responsibility. You may not be big. You may not be tough. You may not be able to win a thumb-wrestling match, let alone a cage fight. But if you take responsibility, you are a good head, and you are a masculine man. “Masculinity means initiation. To be masculine is to take initiative. To provide direction, security, stability, and order. To lead. To head. To husband. Masculinity means initiation. “Initiation is the bottom line of masculinity. It means taking the lead. The lead in providing, protecting, mentoring, and befriending. It means caring for and developing our mates, our children, and ourselves. It means taking the lead in apologizing. The lead in seeking forgiveness. The lead in vulnerability. Masculinity means initiation. Masculinity means warrior.

The Warrior function is unmistakable in Scripture within the epistles, the mature believing man is often described in militant terms–a warrior equipped to battle mighty enemies and shatter satanic strongholds.

The heart of the Warrior is a protective heart. The Warrior shields, defends, stands between, and guards…He invests himself in “the energy of self-disciplined, aggressive action.” By Warrior I do not mean one who loves war or draws sadistic pleasure from fighting or bloodshed. There is a difference between a warrior and a brute. A warrior is a protector…Men stand tallest when they are protecting and defending.”

Whether he’s stepping on bugs, or checking out the sounds that go “bump” in the night. Whether he’s confronting a habitually abusive Pee Wee Football coach, an insensitive doctor, a cruel boss or shining a flashlight into a spooky attic. Whether he is carrying groceries or helping women and children into the last life boat on the Titanic. Men stand tallest when they are PROTECTING and DEFENDING.

Maybe these are some of the reasons why the most humiliating thing you can call a man is a “coward” And maybe – just maybe – the warrior in a man explains something else about him. Ever notice how aloof a man can appear at times? Could it be that the warrior in him is a little out of sync? Soldiering after all, is connected with pain. And pain hurts. A warrior gets accustomed to strapping on layers of protective insulation. Even a tender heart can be effectively hidden under a ½ inch of armor plate.

When you’re made to be a protector and a soldier, it can be hard to display that tender side. Every parent of a little boy knows that warrior tendencies are aport of the package. They arrive when the boy did. It doesn’t matter if you never give your little guy a toy gun, he’ll use his finger.

Underneath the warriors breastplate beats a tender center. in every man there is a tender side. the side that connects to another. that has the thirst for relationship. the desire to touch and be touched. to hug. to link. to be with.

now understand that there is a big difference between tender and soft… we want tender warriors..not soft males…Webster’s dictionary nicely distinguishes between the 2 terms. “tender” — expressing or expressive feelings of love, compassion, kindness, affectionate, as in a “tender caress, considerate careful. where soft is used to describe individuals that are “mild, effeminate, easily yielding to pressure, unresistant to molding, untrained for hardship…

Masculine sensitivity will never and should never match it’s feminine counterpart. The average male will never be as sensitive as the average female. Don’t even try… just accept it. Accept her finely tuned sensitivities, because the difference is part of the creators planned complement. So don’t overdo… but do loosen up. it’s a long way from macho to soft.. and we need to come down somewhere in the middle…

That’s what the Apostle Paul did, he was a fighter, a warrior a man who faced hardships and difficulties head on… a man who stood the test and faced every challenge… a man who sent ripples not only across his world, but into the world to come. his impact has spanned the centuries… Paul possessed a fearless spirit, a strong will and a fiery persona.. Yet, there was so much more than this to Paul, for you see underneath his breast beat the heart of a tender warrior;

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8(HCSB)7 Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children. 8 We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

We have been given by God (regardless of what the feminists say), the responsibility of leadership in the home. The questions that we just asked should concern us because we are responsible for the health of our home. It is without a doubt a tough, a demanding and sometime thankless job, BUT GUYS don’t lose hope, because the job will go a lot easier for you when you are walking with and leaning on God.

1) MEN what our families need, what our wives and children need is US! Our society tells men that what their families really need is what their increased salaries can buy them; a better bike, a newer video game, a nicer home, a fancier car, the most stylish clothes, a 3 karat diamond ring, a country club membership, a computer or even their own credit card. MEN are families don’t that stuff. They need us!!

2) Our wives need husbands who will obey the command

of God in [Eph5:25-28].

3) Dads our kids need us…They need to know that we care more about them then the football game, our career, our bank account or the guys at the office. We need to spend time with them? Talk with them? Teach them Christian values like: integrity, right and wrong( and discipline them when they do wrong), we need to teach them the value in hard honest work. We need to let them know that we are available at any time to help them with their struggles. They shouldn’t have to make an appointment to be with US! Dads the most 3 important things we can give our children is our time, unconditional love and training and instruction in the Lord.

TENDER WARRIORS WILL answer the call to action in their churches.

Too many Men have been missing for to long from the front lines of the battle field . The enemy is gaining ground and our fellow soldiers are tired and need our help. Men it’s time that WE run to the battle!!!

IT’S TIME TO LEAD..

Wussies to Warriors, Will the men stand up?

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV) Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Our world is in desperate need of men who are strong mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our world needs men who are willing to stand though the heavens may fall. Men who are willing to stand for what’s right no matter the circumstances. God wants men, real men who are willing to stand up for him. Are you willing to stand up no matter what?

1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

Today we have too many boys with beards, men who stay children even though they can have babies and grow beards.

The swords of the warriors of the churches are dull,

We rely on the women to fight the battles in the secret place. We traded in our armor and our weapons for pink panties.

“The world is not so much in need of great minds as of good men who will be a blessing in their homes.”

Will all the real men please stand up?

A real man is a man who is willing to stand up for what’s right.

A real man is a godly man.

A real man takes care of his responsibilities.

Even in questionable situations real men stand up for what’s right.

SPEAK OUT: Silence in the midst of sin is a sin. Be courageous. Fear God not man. Speak the truth in love.

Proverbs 27:5-6(HCSB)5  Better an open reprimand than concealed love.6  The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

1 Peter 3:15(HCSB) but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

-An invitation comes from Mrs. honeypot inviting you to come over for a midnight rendezvous at the no-tell-motel because she says she needs some Bible studies. A real man knows how to handle that situation and stand up for Jesus.

You friends on the job invite you to go to happy hour after work. A real man knows how to stand up for Jesus in that situation.

Your tempted by all the sexual images that bombard you on a daily basis- a real man knows how to stand up for Jesus in that situation.

God is calling for some real men who are willing to stand up for Him.

Daniel 3:1-23 HCSB “King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, 90 feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up. A herald loudly proclaimed, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded: When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.” Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Some Chaldeans took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. You as king have issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men have ignored you, the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Then in a furious rage Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire — and who is the god who can rescue you from my power? ” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, and he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings, and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. Since the king’s command was so urgent and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flames killed those men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego up. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

We meet some men who hand to stand up and make a decision. They could either follow the crowd or follow the true and living God. It was a time to show where their allegiance lied. If it belonged to God then they could say Lord whatever you will have me to do I will do it.

Lord if you want me to be a better husband or father I’ll do it with your help.

Lord the only way I can be a real man is by having you in my life. Being a man has nothing to do with how many babies I can make across town or out of town but has everything to do with my relationship with the God of the universe

Daniel Chapter 3 opens with the image made by king Nebuchanezzar. This image stood some 90 feet and was erected on the plain of Dura. It was time that Nebuchadnezzar gathered people from all over his empire to bow down and worship this image. There were some others, however that also didn’t bow down. They were quick to go and give their accusations to the king. There will be folks that will “hate” on you because: you decide to live for God because you’re being a good man and handling your business they will say to you, “I remember when you used to_____________.

They will hate on you because you don’t prostitute your God given gifts anymore because of your relationship with God.

There will always be folks ready to accuse you.

The central theme in the great controversy is worship.

Isaiah 14:13-14(HCSB)13 

You said to yourself:

“I will ascend to the heavens;

I will set up my throne

above the stars of God.

I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,

in the remotest parts of the North.14 

I will ascend above the highest clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.”

Revelation 14:9-10(HCSB) And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb,

The only one worthy of our worship is the one who is able to create some-thing out of no-thing. Did you get that? Let me repeat that.

The only one worthy of our worship is the one who is able to create some-thing out of no-thing.

Revelation 14:6-7(HCSB)6 Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7 He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

Psalm 119:9-16 (ESV)How can a young man keep his way pure?

By keeping Your word.10  I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands.11  I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. 12 Lord, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes.13 With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth. 14  I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches. 15  I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways.

16  I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

Even way back then Satan was trying to get men of God to bow down and worship him or his image. He doesn’t care if we don’t worship him, he just doesn’t want us to worship God. He knows that we either worship God or we worship him by default.

There is no statue on the plain of Dura today but there are things the devil wants us to worship.

We worship our cars, women, jobs, financial status, homes, and vacation villas.

Help us Holy Ghost we worship our positions in the church.

My name is not bro.Gaspard its Reverend Gaspard. No, no sister it’s not brother Guidry it’s Deacon Guidry to you. We get all caught up and end up worshiping the titles and things of life instead of worshipping the one who gives us the ability to have these things. We don’t have lust problems we have worship problems, we don’t have drug problems we have worship problems.

We need to get to a point where we can stop trippin over trivial things and start living for the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:11-12(HCSB)But you, man of God, run from these things,

and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,

love, endurance, and gentleness.12 Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to

and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses.

James 5:16(HCSB)16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.

Daniel 3:24-30(HCSB)24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm. He said to his advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound, into the fire?”

“Yes, of course, Your Majesty,” they replied to the king.

25 He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed; and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”[k]

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God—come out!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. 27 When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on[l] the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel[m] and rescued His servants who trusted in Him. They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I issue a decree that anyone of any people, nation, or language who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” 30 Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Because a few men decided to stand up and not bow to the establishment a whole nation served Yahweh.

We need to get back to standing up for biblical principles regardless of what the World thinks about us.

Real men Pray, real men, listen, show compassion, real men act like Jesus. Real men don;t look at porn, lust after other women. Real men go into battle for the things of the Lord. Real men aren’t afraid of what the world thinks but have a hole reverential fear of what the Lord thinks of Him.

Just like Gideon in Judges the Lord is calling us Mighty Warriors regardless of our past, regardless of our social status. He is calling us to be real men and take back the positions of prayer, take back the positions of compassion, take back the positions of care and discipleship.

Who is Jesus? Pt4 Jesus is Lord

Psalm 16:1-2(HCSB)Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You.2 I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”

I believe the apostles of the Bible had a deeper understanding of the concept of Lordship than we do and yet they addressed Jesus as their Lord, or their Lord and Savior. They were all from a culture that understood that to refer to someone as their Lord meant that the Lord was their master, or owner, or supreme authority and that their only function was to serve their Lord.

In our society today, especially in our Western culture, we do not want anyone to Lord it over us. After all, we are free and independent people. We must prefer Jesus to be our Savior because that appeals to us — to be saved from the consequences of our sins — it is very humanistic. What is really difficult is to say that Jesus is Lord in our lives and really mean it and live it. Not just say it as a Christian slogan.

This question gives us great insight into your own relationship with Jesus. WHO DO YOU SAY THAT JESUS IS?

Do you call Him Lord in your own life? If so, what are the implications of the confession that Jesus is Lord?

Have you bowed your knee to Him and submitted your life to Him as Lord, or Master and Supreme Ruler, of your life?Philippians 2:8-11(HCSB)He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9  For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth— 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lordship was at the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross. Paul makes this clear in Romans 14:8-9(HCSB)8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.

When the lordship of Jesus is a settled issue in the Christian’s life, all other issues are settled.  It is my privilege and responsibility to teach the members of my congregation what the Bible says about serving God; witnessing and soul winning; stewardship of time, talent, and treasure; faithfulness to God’s work; missions; and many other aspects of Christian responsibility. I contend that if the Christian has settled the lordship issue, then all other issues in his life are also settled. When Jesus is Lord of a person’s life, he will fulfill his duties, obligations, and responsibilities with joy.

S.M. Zwemer makes a sobering statement about the lordship of Jesus Christ: “Unless Jesus is Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.”This is a challenge to all Christians to bring every area of our lives under the sovereign rule of Jesus Christ. In our lives there should be no rivalry for His throne.

If someone confesses “Jesus is Lord” but doesn’t actually submit to his “power and authority,” they are contradicting themselves. Their confession is meaningless. It’s like confessing “lego tv phone cartoon” or “round square” or “sav la sav sav la sav”” – or, just remaining silent.

No wonder Jesus asked,Luke 6:46(HCSB)46 “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? He’s pointing out that people who do this are simply saying ” sav la sav sav la sav”

We have seen that Christ is the most-often-used title for Jesus in the New Testament. The second-most-frequent designation for Him is Lord. So important is this title to the biblical understanding of Jesus that it became an integral part of the earliest Christian creed, the simple statement, “Jesus is Lord.” Lord is the most exalted title conferred on Jesus.

Sometimes it is difficult for people in the United States to grasp the full significance of the title Lord. ”

“The concept of lordship invested in one individual is repugnant to the American tradition, yet the New Testament boldly makes this claim for Jesus, asserting that absolute sovereign authority and imperial power are vested in Him.”

“Perhaps the most striking aspect of the title Lord was its relationship to the Old Testament. The Greek translation of the Old Testament used the word kurios to translate the Hebrew word adonai, a title used for God. The sacred name of God, Yahweh, was unspoken, often replaced in the liturgy of Israel with another word. When a substitute was used for the ineffable name of God, the usual selection was adonai, a title that called attention to God’s absolute rule over the earth.”

“The title Lord is so central to the life of the New Testament Christian community that the English word church derives from it. The Greek word for church is ekklesia, which is brought over into English in the word ecclesiastical.

Early Christians were martyred because they refused to confess Caesar as lord. They knew that Jesus alone is divine and would have no one usurp His status. These Christians knew the New Testament is not merely being polite when it calls Jesus “Lord”; rather, it is teaching that Jesus is God Almighty. Idols of sex, money, power, prestige, and so on can become lords if we are not careful; therefore, let us always confess that Jesus Christ alone is Lord.

In the New Testament, Lord is the most frequently used title for Jesus Christ. Although we rarely use this term in our daily lives, we are all quite familiar with another word: boss. That is basically what Lord means—one possessing authority, power, and control. The Word of God describes Jesus as the head of the church, the ruler over all creation, and the Lord of lords and King of kings Colossians 1:15–18(HCSB)15 He is the image of the invisible God,the firstborn over all creation.16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. 18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything

Revelation 17:14(HCSB)14 These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.

The realm of Christ’s reign covers everything that happens in heaven and on the earth. No one—not even those who deny His existence—can be free of His rule or outside His sphere of authority. Although Satan tries to convince us that liberty is found in doing what we want, true freedom is acquired only through submission to Christ’s loving lordship.

Even death cannot release anyone from the authority of God’s Son. He is Lord of both the living and the dead. All people must decide to either yield or rebel against Him, but they have the opportunity to make this choice only while they are still living. After death, they will acknowledge Christ’s lordship through accountability to Him. If we have not bowed the knee to Jesus in life, we will be forced to bend it in the judgment.

A popular but terribly misguided notion is that Jesus can be your Savior without being Lord. Perhaps you’ve even thought this way: I’m trusting in Jesus to forgive my sins; later in life I’ll make Him Lord. That thinking is false—nobody makes Jesus Lord. He is Lord. The question is whether you will bow your knee to Him willingly in this life or forcefully  in the next life Philippians 2:10–11so that every knee will bow to the name of Jesus—everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. 11 And everyone [L every tongue] will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and bring glory to God the Father. He doesn’t just want to forgive you and escort you to heaven. He wants to live through you and change you on the way.

So what does it mean to experience Jesus Christ as Lord of your life? It means you are yielding to His rule over every area of your life. He is . . .

Lord of your conduct. Jesus wants His desires and His will to rule over your actions, your words and feelings—your very character.

Lord of your relationships. Jesus wants to preside over your dating relationship or how you treat your spouse. He wants to rule over the way you parent. Jesus wants to be Lord over every interaction with business associates. All your relationships should yield to His rule.

Lord of your time. What should you do with your available time? How should you invest your life? If you want to live a life of purpose, you need to be about more than just flipping pages on the calendar. Jesus wants His priorities to be yours.

Lord of your talents. When you become a Christian, you are given some unique gifts; they are supernatural abilities intended to build God’s kingdom. Jesus wants to be Lord of the talents He gave you—whether those are gifts of music, teaching, mercy, helping, etc. Jesus wants to rule over how you invest those gifts in His kingdom.

Lord of your treasure. According to Christ, Matthew 6:21(HCSB)21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Jesus doesn’t care about the cash that’s burning a hole in your wallet. He cares about your money because He knows that until He has what you have, He doesn’t have you. When you surrender all you have to the lordship of Jesus, He gives it back so you can use it for Him. And He wants you to experience the joy in that.

Have you embraced Jesus as Lord? Nothing in your life will ever make sense until this does. If you ever wonder, What is life really about? How shall I invest my life?—here is your answer. Everything flows from this: Jesus Christ as Lord.

For Jesus to be Lord of your life means that He is the ruler, the boss, the master of your whole life. He cannot be Lord of a part – He must be given control of the entire life – the whole life.

When thinking about the whole life of a person, we must think of various parts that make up a person. Paul wrote,1 Thessalonians 5:23(HCSB)23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul makes it plain that the whole person is made up of spirit, soul, and body. A person has an inner, private, unseen-to-the-natural-eye aspect of life and he has an outer, visible, and public life that is seen and heard by those with whom he comes in contact day by day. Jesus desires to be Lord of the seen and the unseen, the visible and the invisible, the private aspects of our life and the public aspects of our life. He wants to be Lord of our spiritual life and of our physical life.

The inner sanctuary, the spirit and soul, contains the mind, the emotion, and the will. It is in our spirit and soul that we think, feel, choose, decide, dream, and plan. Battles are fought and won or lost on the battleground of our private life. Is Jesus Lord over this area of your life?

In Proverbs 4:23(HCSB)Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.

Don’t underestimate the importance of our private life. Although more attention is often given to the physical body, our true spiritual health is determined by the spirit and soul – not the body.

The outward life expresses the inner life. The outward life involves our eyes, our ears, our lips, our hands, our feet, our entire body. Our public life is expressed by what we see, what we say, what we hear, where we go, and what we do. It is so important that Jesus be Lord over our public life.

We need to see the public life in the context of home life, the workplace, the classroom, and the neighborhood. We need to see it in its relationship with friends, family, work colleagues, neighbors, and classmates. We need to see it in its attitude toward possessions, obligations, and responsibilities, and the use of time and resources.

What must a person do in order for Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life?  The easy answer is, “Surrender your life to Him.” This involves taking your hands off the controls of your life and allowing Him to be in control.

Such an important question requires more than a surface answer. For Jesus to become Lord of a person’s life involves absolute and total surrender. Remember, if He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. Have you yielded keys to every room in your life? Does He have the key to every room in your private life? Does He have the key to every room in your physical/ public life? Is there a room marked “private – keep out?” If so, you must be willing to surrender that key to the Lord.

There is a second element to yielding our lives to the Lord. In addition to absolute surrender, there must also be an acknowledgment of His ownership. Paul addressed the subject of ownership in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20(HCSB)19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

We are not our own. We were bought at a price. We belong to Jesus. We are His purchased possession. When a person yields to the lordship of Jesus Christ, he or she acknowledges His ownership and gives up his or her personal rights.

Yielding to the lordship of Jesus Christ also involves total and unreserved obedience. If He is the Lord of your life, you are going to do what He tells you to do.

If asked what was the most important word in the Christian vocabulary, I would say, “Obedience.” We move forward in our spiritual growth in direct proportion to our obedience to the revealed truth of God’s Word.

In the account of Elijah’s response to God in 1 Kings 17 and 18. The Word of the Lord came to Elijah, and he did what God told him to do. Several times God spoke and Elijah obeyed. As a result of his obedience, Elijah was used in a powerful way to exalt God’s name.  His response to God’s Word was always immediate and exact. He did precisely what God told him to do as soon as God told him to do it. Remember that delayed obedience is the same as disobedience. Lordship involves obedience.

2 Corinthians 4:1-5(HCSB)Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up. 2 Instead, we have renounced shameful secret things, not walking in deceit or distorting God’s message, but commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in God’s sight by an open display of the truth. 3 But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus.

Jesus is more powerful and has more authority than all the most powerful people on earth. If we declare him to be our Lord, our obvious appropriate response to him is to obey him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. The evidence of having received Jesus as our Lord is our obedience to him. Perhaps that is why the author of Hebrews said, Hebrews 5:9(ESV)9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,. Jesus implied as much when he said, John 14:24(HCSB)24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. Jesus raised an important question:Luke 6:46(HCSB)46 “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? Are you doing what the Lord has instructed you to do? Are you doing it immediately and exactly? Are you obeying God?

Matthew 7:21-23(HCSB)21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!

Who is Jesus pt3 Son of God

 

One of the most important questions you will ever ask and answer in your life is: “Who is Jesus?” Do you question whether Jesus is, in fact, God, the second person of the Holy Trinity and the savior of the world? And did his death on the cross actually pay for the sins of all people for all time? Why is it so important that we get the deity of Christ correct? Why is it so important that we understand who Jesus is? Because Jesus said

John 8:24(HCSB)24 Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.

If we get the deity of Christ wrong everything else is null and void.

The Son of God

The New Testament recounts few instances when God was heard speaking from heaven. When He did, it was normally to announce something startling. God was zealous to announce that Jesus Christ was His Son. At Jesus’ baptism, the heavens opened and God’s voice was heard, saying,
Matthew 3:17(HCSB)17 And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!  Elsewhere, the Father declared from heaven, Mark 9:7(HCSB)7 A cloud appeared, overshadowing them, and a voice came from the cloud: This is My beloved Son; listen to Him! Thus, the title conferred from on high to Jesus is Son of God.”

Jesus is not God’s Son in the sense of a human father and a son. God did not get married and have a son. God did not mate with Mary and, together with her, produce a son. But what exactly does “Son of God” mean? We know it cannot be literal, for that would mean that the “Father” procreated him by a woman or a goddess (as the pagan religions, which had such human activities among the gods). These ideas are foreign to the true faith of the Bible. There is no heavenly consort; God has no wife; there is no goddess. Jesus is God’s Son in the sense that He is God made manifest in human form John 1:1-2(HCSB)In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
John 1:14(HCSB) The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.
Jesus is God’s Son in that He was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:35 (HCSB)declares, “The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.’”

In reference to Jesus, the term, “Son of God,” does not mean that Jesus is the literal offspring of God as if God had some form of sexual relations with Mary to produce Jesus. God is spirit John 4:24(HCSB)24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” and spirit does not have flesh and bones Luke 24:37-43(HCSB)37 But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. 38 “Why are you troubled?” He asked them. “And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” 40 Having said this, He showed them His hands and feet. 41 But while they still were amazed and unbelieving because of their joy, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, 43 and He took it and ate in their presence., so God the Father is not the literal father of Jesus as in terms of how a man and a woman have children. Is that would indicate that Jesus was not the second person of the trinity but a created being.

During His trial before the Jewish leaders, the High Priest demanded of Jesus, Matthew 26:63-66(HCSB)63 But Jesus kept silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place You under oath: tell us if You are the Messiah, the Son of God!”64 “You have said it,” Jesus told him. “But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Look, now you’ve heard the blasphemy! 66 What is your decision?” They answered, “He deserves death!”

The Jewish leaders responded by accusing Jesus of blasphemy. Later, before Pontius Pilate, John 19:7(HCSB)7 “We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

Why would His claiming to be the Son of God be considered blasphemy and be worthy of a death sentence? The Jewish leaders understood exactly what Jesus meant by the phrase “Son of God.” To be the Son of God is to be of the same nature as God. The Son of God is “of God.” The claim to be of the same nature as God—to in fact be God—was blasphemy to the Jewish leaders; therefore, they demanded Jesus’ death, in keeping with Leviticus 24:16(HCSB)16 Whoever blasphemes the name of Yahweh is to be put to death; It is expressed very clearly, Hebrews 1:3 (ESV)“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.”

Another example can be found in where Judas is described as the “son of destruction.” John 17:12(HCSB)While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. John 6:71(HCSB)71 He was referring to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son,one of the Twelve, because he was going to betray Him. This tells us that Judas was the son of Simon. What does John 17:12 mean by describing Judas as the “son of destruction”? The greek word apoleia means “destruction, ruin, waste.” Judas was not the literal son of “ruin, destruction, and waste,” but those things were the identity of Judas’ life. Judas was a manifestation of apoleia. In this same way, Jesus is the Son of God. The Son of God is God.

In some translations Jesus is referred to as the “Only begotten son of God” False teachers have latched onto this phrase to try to prove their false teaching that Jesus Christ isn’t God; i.e., that Jesus isn’t equal in essence to God as the Second Person of the Trinity. They see the word “begotten” and say that Jesus is a created being because only someone who had a beginning in time can be “begotten.” What this fails to note is that “begotten” is an English translation of a Greek word. As such, we have to look at the original meaning of the Greek word, not transfer English meanings into the text.

The Greek term translated “only begotten” is monogenes, a word used nine times in the New Testament that can mean one of a kind or unique. For example, Luke uses the term three times to refer to an only child (Luke 7:12; 8:42; 9:38). The writer of Hebrews uses the term to refer to Isaac, the only son of Abraham and Sarah, the son of the promise Hebrews 11:17(HCSB)17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and he was offering his unique son,. Modern translations generally translate monogenes in John 3:16 as “one and only Son” or “only Son” to reflect this definition. John 3:16(HCSB)16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

But does this mean Jesus was somehow born or created by God the Father? It does not. Instead, the emphasis is on Jesus as one in unique relationship with the Father. The Bible often uses Father and Son with God and Jesus to explain their relationship in terms we can better understand as humans, but this does not mean Jesus was created by God the Father. The bottom line is that terms such as “Father” and “Son,” descriptive of God and Jesus, are human terms that help us understand the relationship between the different Persons of the Trinity. If you can understand the relationship between a human father and a human son, then you can understand, in part, the relationship between the First and Second Persons of the Trinity. The analogy breaks down if you try to take it too far and teach, as some Christian cults (such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses), that Jesus was literally “begotten” as in “produced” or “created” by God the Father.

Other passages in the Bible make this very clear. For example, John 1:1-3(HCSB) states, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3  All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.

The use of monogenes in John 3:16 is similar to what is seen in other passages of Scripture to refer to Jesus as unique. For example, John 1:14(HCSB) shares, The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:18(HCSB) includes, No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son— the One who is at the Father’s side— He has revealed Him. John 3:18(HCSB) adds, 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.
1John 4:9 notes, 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

The understanding that Jesus is completely unique, yet not a created being, was so important in the early church that it was emphasized in one of the earliest creeds, the Nicene Creed: “I believe…in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” This statement sought to make clear that Jesus is both eternal and is the one and only Son of God sent to offer salvation to the world.

Jesus is the Son of God in that He is the manifestation of God in flesh John 1:1(HCSB)In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14(HCSB)4 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus was as much human as you or I, but He was also a completely different type of human, because unlike us, He was without sin. Like other humans, He was born of a woman, but His conception was completely different, having been conceived in the virgin Mary (Luke 1:35(HCSB)35 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. by the Holy Spirit that He should not ‘inherit’ the imputation of Adam’s sin.

As the Son of God, Jesus was the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, but His glory was veiled by His humanity Hebrews 1:3(HCSB)3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. One day all of mankind will see the Son of God coming in power and glory and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus, the Son of God, is Lord Philippians 2:10-11(HCSB)so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If Jesus is not the divine, eternal Son of God, of one substance with the Father, then all Christian worship of him is idolatrous. But if he is the true and living Lord, then all worship must be in Christ Jesus, for no one comes to the Father except by the Son