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The Privilege of Serving (Ephesians 5:21-33)Tommy Boring, July 22, 2015
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Wednesday service
There is a great example given of love, commitment and trust through a marriage. Women are to submit themselves to their husbands, not for ownership. Just as a woman is to submit themselves to their husbands we all are to submit ourselves to God. The husband is the head of their family just as God is the head of our being. God is the head of the church and as long as we follow Him we will be right. Just as when Adam and Eve sinned and God cursed them, Eve, Women, were cursed to always want to lead over the man. You might find it a hardship to follow Christ. If you do, you need to seek out why. It shouldn't be a burden to follow Him because He loved you first when you didn't even ask for it. If you get close to God, you'll get closer to your spouse. Where would we be without Christ? Do you live your life like it's your own? Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Christ laid His life down for the church. Husbands, if you are living in the world then you are not living an example of Christ for your wife to follow. How is your love life with God? Do you have your mind on someone else? Romans 8:31-35
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area. He and Teresa welcomed their first grandchild towards the end of 2015.
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21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (KJV)