Ben Fetterolf
Follower of Jesus | Husband | Father | Pastor at Hampton Park Baptist Church of Greenville, SC
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The gospel is a comfort. But the gospel is also a call on our lives as believers. We need to hear both: the comfort AND call of the gospel.
Romans 8:1-9
How do you view God? Do you view him as angry at you? Or committed to you? This prophet helps us see how we *should* view God.
Obadiah 1-21
Livestream is a technological gift. But have we adequately thought through the potential downsides to this particular methodology?
Hebrews 10:24-25
I have died. The significance of that statement can't be overstated. I must believe it and live in light of it in order to truly live.
Romans 6:1-14
There are two realms (or kingdoms!) in which to live. The realm where death reigns and the realm where righteousness reigns.
Romans 5:12-21
In what or whom do you find your joy? Does it last through the varying circumstances of life? Where can true, enduring joy be found?
Romans 5:1-11
"No list of sins I have not done; no list of virtues I pursue; no list of those I am not like can earn myself a place with you..."
Romans 4:1-12
What do your words say about your heart?
James 3:3-12
Trials bring dark days. But those times are most important to remember who God is and who we are.
Hebrews 10:32-39
What do you feel you are lacking today? Are things spinning out of control? Anchor yourself in God's character and promises.
Psalms 23:1-6
How do you respond to disappointments and discouragements? Do you run from them? Avoid them? Paul teaches us how God intends to use them.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Grace, gift, faith. These are the words that dominate this foremost text on how to be made right with God.
Romans 3:21-31
What is the role of the law in the life of a believer? And what does the law teach us about God?
Romans 3:1-20
How highly do you view your words? Are you more likely to encourage others to listen to you or to listen to God?
James 1:19-21
Why do you call yourself a Christian? Your answer to that question is significant and identifies where you rest your hope.
Romans 2:17-29
Have you ever thought about how many sermons you've heard in your lifetime? Knowing is useless apart from faith and repentance.
Romans 2:1-16
We often think of God's wrath on the last day. But how is his wrath manifest in the present day?
Romans 1:18-32
Why do you like spending time with other Christians? Because you have mutual interests? Or because you long to see God at work among them?
Romans 1:8-17
Why did Paul write Romans? What is Romans about? These important questions are answered from the very start of the letter.
Romans 1:1-7
What role, if any, do works play in being made right with God?
Romans 4:1-5
Does God keep you in His love? Or do we keep ourselves in His love? Jude answers this very specifically.
Jude 17-25
Contending for the faith initially seems external. But the greatest battle for the faith may need to happen in my own heart.
Jude 8-16
You're probably familiar with loving others on Sunday. But what does love look like on Monday through Friday?
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Has your evangelism been fueled by guilt? Why not fuel it with joy?
1 John 1:1-4
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Genesis on Biblical Manhood/Womanhood
Genesis 2:18-25
Most conversations about biblical manhood/womanhood go to a few NT texts. But what God says in the very beginning sets a solid foundation.
Published May 20th, 2020
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Main point summary
Gen 2:18-25
Main point summary
God made woman to be in a special, relational union with man.
Gen 2:18-25
Genesis 2:18-25
Then the Lord God said,
“It is not good that the man should be alone;
n I will make him a helper fit for 1 him.”
o Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed 1 every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens
and p brought them to the man
to see what he would call them.
And whatever the man called every living creature,
that was its name.
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.
But for Adam 1 there was not found a helper fit for him.
So the Lord God caused a q deep sleep to fall upon the man,
and while he slept
took one of his ribs
and closed up its place with flesh.
And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man
he made 1 into a woman
and brought her to the man.
Then the man said,
“This at last is r bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was s taken out of Man.” 1
t Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother
and hold fast to his wife,
and they shall become one flesh.
And the man and his wife were both naked
and were not ashamed.
God made woman to be distinct from yet corresponding to man. None of the animals could fulfill this role. Man was made unlike the animals, created in God's image. God created another being in his image, woman, distinct from man, yet sharing a relational capacity corresponding to man (2:18). Therefore, woman and man are distinct. There is no crossing over between the two. They were made for distinct purposes. They were given distinct biology. And yet they share the image of God equally (1:27). And they reflect the image of God in unique ways according to how God created them. God made man and woman with distinct roles . God made man and placed him in the garden to work it and keep it. And Adam begins doing this (2:19-20). He names all of the animals that God brings to him. After naming them (how long would that have taken?!), God puts Adam to sleep and creates Eve out of Adam's rib. Twice, prior to God creating Eve, it is said about her that she is a helper (2:18; 2:20). Therefore, Adam's role is directed towards his calling to work, exercising dominion over the earth that God has given. And Eve's role is directed towards supporting or helping Adam in his work, exercising dominion over the earth that God has given him. And here's the point: there's nothing demeaning about this. Eve is a glorious creation of God, made in his image, with a distinct purpose. Different role does not equal different value/significance. God made man and woman to become one flesh. Adam's response to Eve displays God's purposes. The first thing Adam does is name her Woman (2:23), the first of two times that he names her (see 3:20). Then, we are told of an even more intimate purpose of God in creating Woman: a close, intimate, monogamous union between a man and a woman: "therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." This is the institution of marriage: a deep, intimate, meaningful relationship/covenant/union between a man and a woman. The fact that a man is told to leave his father and his mother further solidifies the bound of marriage between one man and one woman. And this relationship is intimate and pure at the deepest level: "they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and [yet] were not ashamed." There is no shame in the intimate, sexual, covenant union of marriage.
Brent Karding
This is an excellent arc. I especially liked seeing the Concessive relationship in 19-25 and the Ac-Pur in 21-23.
Brent Karding
“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
I wish there were a Double Ground relationship automatically in the Discourse module - it would fit perfectly here, since 23b and 23d are saying the same thing in different ways, both serving as a Ground for 23c. (I made it a custom relationship in my account, since I've seen it a few times.)
Ben Fetterolf
Nice, I probably would have chosen that had it been an option. I was having a hard time deciding on how to relate those 3.
Brent Karding
I also just noticed, in a video Andy made for Lesson 7 of Didactics, that he added a double Ground relationship to his discourse module. :)
Brent Karding
And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man
22a is actually the subject of the verb "made" in 22b, so this should all be one proposition.
Brent Karding
The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.
I think it would be better to make 20a an Explanation, rather than the Idea, of 19. Usually, an idea is given before it is explained. And since 19 seems to have the emphasis more than 20, and the Idea usually has this, labelling 19 as the Idea seems to work better to me.
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