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    MARBC Conference Notes and Quotes - pt. 1

    October 20, 2014
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    Today and tomorrow I will be in Belmont at the 2014 Bible Conference by West Cannon Baptist Church and MARBC called "Metamorphosis." The keynote speakers are Gary Gilley and Voddie Baucham. I always enjoy these conferences so much and come away deeply encouraged, convicted and refreshed in the Lord through good fellowship and praise but most of all because of powerful, biblical preaching! My only disappointment with the conference is that I wish more could come with me and experience it first hand so what I want to do today and the next time I get a chance to post is bring as much as the conference as I can to you! Here are my notes from the first two sessions today. I hope to eventually upload some pictures also but that will have to wait. 

    Afternoon Session: Gary Gilley - "The Centrality of Christ" from Colossians

    • "...even if lousy music or preaching happens at church people should leave giving glory to Jesus." 
    • "We have sissisfied Jesus."
    • Commenting on Colossians 1:15-17 Gilley said we should recognize three things: 
      • The greatness of God
      • The insignificance of myself
      • The amazing Savior who reached out to save me
    • "A church may be large but it is not great if it is not following Jesus Christ" - He said this commenting on Colossians 1:18. 
    • "I deserved condemnation but Jesus stepped up and changed all of that - that is reconciliation." Commenting on Colossians 1:21-22
    • "Don't confuse the gospel with the benefits of the gospel." Lots to ponder in that statement!
    • "What is it unbelievers need? Christ! What is it believers need? Christ!" 
    • "How different would our lives be if we lived in light of the fact that we are vessels of Christ?" - Commenting on Colossians 1:27. 
    • "Am I preaching Christ so that others are becoming complete in Christ?" - Commenting on Colossians 1:28. At this point Gilley quoted Barnhouse who in answer to the question "What might happen if Satan took control of a city?" said all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches would be full every Sunday . . . where Christ is not preached.

    Voddie Baucham: Biblical Manhood and Male Headship

    For my notes on Baucham I am going to summarize except where I use quotes. I could not keep up with him word for word while I was writing. 

    Baucham spoke from Genesis 2 and Ephesians 5. He used Genesis 2 to set the context on what biblical manhood is and Ephesians 5 to explain male headship. He said this is an important issue because there are those inside and outside the church who not only disagree with this but believe this understanding to be dangerous. It is one thing to disagree, another to say it is dangerous to believe what we believe. 

    The world and even many Christians define manhood with 3 "B's": Billfold, ballfield, bedroom. Biblically we should define manhood with 3 "W's": work (Gen. 2:15); worship (Gen. 2:16-17); wife (Gen. 2:18-25). 

    Genesis 2 proves that male headship is not a result of the curse because Adam was head over his wife before sin entered the world. Genesis 2:18-25 shows teaches male headship in that the man was created before the woman, the woman for the man, from the man, and that the man named the woman. Be careful in thinking male headship means superiority. It doesn't. Headship is about order, not value. Male headship is undeniable in Genesis but so is the equality of man and woman. Baucham then illustrated this truth with the Trinity. There is subordination within the Trinity. God sent the Son and the Son sent the Spirit to glorify the Son. Yet though these is subordination and headship with the Trinity we also know that there is one God, in 3 co-equal persons. "If you have a problem with male headship, you have a problem with trinitarianism." 

    Ephesians 5:22ff teaches male headship also "For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior." Baucham spent some time explaining why Ephesians 5:21 does not teach mutual submission:

    1. Ephesians 5:21 is the end of a previous paragraph. You are not supposed to start reading at the end of a paragraph. 
    2. Ephesians 5:21 is explained by Ephesians 5:15ff. Ephesians 5:15-21 has 3 contrasts, 3 commands, and 3 contexts. 
      1. Three contrasts:
        1. Not as unwise but as wise (v. 15)
        2. do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (v. 17)
        3. do not get drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit (v. 18)
      2. Three commands hinge off the final contrast "be filled with the Spirit." what does it mean to be filled with the Spirit:
        1. addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart (v. 19)
        2. giving thanks always and for everything to God the FAther in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 20)
        3. submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ (v. 21)
      3. Three contexts hinging off of the command in v. 21 for submitting
        1. The wife submits to the husband (Eph. 5:22-33)
        2. The children submit to the parents (Eph. 6:1-4)
        3. The slave submits to master (Ephesians 6:5-9)
    3. Submit is a military term. Is there any such thing as mutual submission in the military? 
    4. Husband is the head (Eph. 5:22) "obliterates" mutual submission. 
    The most convicting and challenging things that Baucham said:
    • "This is male headship: That she (your wife) would be more like Christ by being married to me than she would be if she wasn't." 
    • "Are you more like Christ when your wife is acting how you want her to act or when she is giving you every reason not to love her?" 
    • "As Christians what we value most is Jesus Christ and if our leadership is leading our wives to be more like Christ than we should delight in our wife more and more." 


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