Christ Wesleyan Church
January 13, 2019 - 9:00 & 10:45am
Join us for our primary worship service each week on Sunday.
Locations & Times
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  • CWC Milton:The Auditorium (Entrance #6)
    363 Stamm Rd, Milton, PA 17847, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • CWC Sunbury: The Auditorium
    238 Walnut St, Sunbury, PA 17801, USA
    Sunday 10:45 AM
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Be the Guardian of Your Prayer Life

A. Let’s just deal with the “tuff stuff” first…
1. First, let’s understand that all Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching.
2. Second, all Scripture needs to be understood in context.
What is before and after?
What is the total context of Scripture?
What is the historical context?
What is the cultural context?
What is the literary context?
3. Third, Scripture does not conflict with itself. If there is a conflict, then it is in our understanding, not in Scripture.
B. So, what are these verses telling us?
1. There is a difference between books of instruction and books of correction. The Gospels and Acts are books of instruction. Corinthians and 1 and 2 Timothy are books of correction.
2. This time period was a time of house churches and was new in its worship.
3. The Greek culture of Ephesus valued the meekness and quietness of women.
4. The Greco-Roman world trained very few women in education or public speaking.
5. The Jewish culture rarely educated girls in the Scriptures and rarely did women ever teach men.
6. From Scripture, we understand that both man and woman are created in the image of God.
7. Both are equal in their God-like personhood.
8. Both men and women are in complementary roles and both are different.
9. In verses 9 and 10, Paul uses a literary device called synecdoche meaning “a part is used to signify the whole.” Modesty is always the choice to be used for all worship.
10. In verses 11-15 Paul uses several analogies to assist and not confuse in the understanding.
a. “Silence” is used in verses 2 and 12 with the same meaning of “peaceful and quiet”. Meaning, we should not compromise authority by distractions.
b. Paul is not saying that all women should not teach men, otherwise, he is in conflict with his previous writings. Phoebe was a deacon, church leader in Rome (Romans 16); Euodia and Syntyche were two women who worked side by side with Paul in sharing the gospel (Philippians 4); Paul gave instruction about women praying or prophesying in church (1 Corinthians 11); Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos (Acts 18); and Philip had four daughters with a gift of prophesying (Acts 21).
c. It is very obvious that Eve took the temptation first, but Adam was right there with her and denied his spiritual leadership position. Sin resulted from both not following their designated responsibilities. Headship vs. submission. Position vs. influence.
d. All women would not be saved by childbearing or every woman with children would go to heaven! Certainly in conflict with other Scripture. Faith, love, holiness, and modesty are a practice for men and women!
C. Be the Guardian of your prayers…
1. Your prayer life should include an urgency! Keep your ship afloat by keeping a clear conscience.
a. A bad conscience drills holes in the bottom of the ship.
b. To plug the holes, we need to change our ways to faith.
c. Or, we will sink into unbelief.
2. Your prayer life should include a broad scope!
a. We need to pray for our government leaders. Little good is done by our little power. Great good is done by what our great God can do. Prayer reaches farther than anything we can do.
b. Pray specifically rather than in generalities. It is your easiest step of love.
c. No one is beyond the grace of God. It is hard to pray for “kings” as they are far away, we don’t know them, and we will never see them. Generally, rulers are godless and don’t listen to the Holy Spirit. God has used rulers to punish or reward His people. If you want your prayers to do the greatest good for the most people, pray for your rulers!
3. Your prayer life should include specific ways for God to work.
4. Your prayer life’s ultimate goal is to prepare the way that everyone might be saved and come to understand the Truth.
D. Be the Guardian of prayer in your life…
1. Remember, prayer touches heaven! God hears!
2. Prayers are a matter of the heart.
3. Be yourself in prayer! Make it personal.
4. Don’t limit what God can do through your prayers.
5. You might use a pattern to help…ACTS!
6. Don’t get weary in prayer.
7. Guard your thoughts so you can be in a mindset open to prayer at any time!

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Prayer Requests

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