Dealing With Controversial Passages

Series - Books of the Bible
Presenter - Pastor Matt Surber
Date - April 11, 2021

Pastor Matt Surber teaches us how to respond to controversial passages in the Bible and reminds us that unity is more important than uniformity.


Sermon Notes

“Dealing With Controversial Passages In The Bible”

1 Timothy 2

2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

The Problem:

-To often we argue over the unclear and ignore the crystal clear.

-We don’t know how to agree to disagree

How A Good Start Goes Sideways… (1 Timothy 1:18-20)

  • We stop trusting God and obeying God

What We Pray For An Why It Matters…(1 Timothy 2:1-7)

  • Everyone and everything
  • Peace and quiet
  • So that its easier to know Jesus

What’s A Man To Do…? (1 Timothy 1:8)

  • Holiness and harmony

What’s A Woman To Do…? (1 Timothy 2:9-15)

  • Background
  • Is this for then or for now
  • How I see it

What To Do When We Disagree…

  • If It’s black and white and crystal clear – divide over it

Galatians 1:8-9

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

  • If its not, unity is more important than uniformity

1 Corinthians 13:2

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

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