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Sermon notes

One of my intentions had been to start a category on this blog whereby I make notes of the sermons of my church. We have a new Pastor at my church and I’ve heard several weeks of sermons now. I’ve made notes, asked questions, but hesitated to make any posts.

The reason is that I’ve found that the man who has been called to pastor our church is not qualified to preach the Scriptures. An example of this claim is as follows: upon asking him his position on women being pastors and teaching over men in the church, he stated that the scriptures that deal with that issue were about a cultural issue that the apostle Paul was addressing. He admitted that the qualifications for an elder do not permit a woman to lead as pastor but that the forbidding of teaching and speaking in church was a cultural problem and not a command for today.

There’s a problem with his interpretation of Scripture, however, as Paul mentions Adam and Eve following his admonition that A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.  I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. ” 1 Timothy 2:11-12 NIV

In mentioning Adam and Eve, we see that Paul is setting a precedent of God’s appointed order of how things should run, rather than addressing some local, cultural issue. The full passage is as follows:

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.  I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.  [1 Timothy 2:11-14 NIV]

I am saddened that this is far from the only example I have of how the man has failed to properly teach the Scriptures.

So as not to cause disruption and agitation at my church, and to keep from the temptation to be a source of division in that church, I have prayerfully decided to start looking elsewhere for Sunday worship. I’ve found some churches in my area noted on the 9Marks website (church search section is here: 9Marks Church Search ) and, Lord willing, will be visiting those places in the coming Sundays.


patricia grace


Daily posts

In an attempt to get into the habit of daily postings, I’ve decided to post the insights I’ve learned from time in God’s Word. As I read through the Scriptures, I plan to write out here, what God has taught me (or reminded me) from the study of His Word. I add that bit about “or reminded me” because I seem to forget important concepts so quickly! My prayer is writing down the insights electronically will aid in remembering what I’ve learned, also, because it will be easier to search on those insights later by adding tags and categories to my postings, rather than trying to flip through pages of a notebook.

I’m not abandoning pen and paper, however. I love stationery in general, and love the look of a fresh new page in a pretty journal. I write down notes first, before coming here–there’s less distractions that way. As a computer science student, I get side-tracked very easily when turning to the computer, because there’s always something I need to learn how to do and I sometimes forget why I turned the computer on in the first place! There’s another benefit, too. I’m not only typing my insights here, but I’ve written them in a notebook, too, which will hopefully aid in memorizing what I’ve learned. And, if one thing is destroyed, I’ve got a copy elsewhere.

There’s something about that fresh, blank page in a notebook that is so refreshing and hopeful. Perhaps it’s a reminder that His mercies are new every morning (BibleGateway Lam 3:22-24) and that fresh page is a reminder that because of the steadfast love of the Lord, I am not utterly cut off. My fine has been paid; God has not overlooked my sin, as a corrupt judge, but as a Righteous Judge, He has made certain that my sins were punished–He paid the penalty Himself in His own Dear Son. And He is pleased to look on Him and pardon me.

Have you been forgiven? How do you know?

I hope that you enjoy connecting with me here. I plan to turn on comments for each daily posting on what I’ve learned from God’s Word, so please share your own insights with me. And, like a Berean (BibleGateway Acts 17:10-11), be sure to call me out if you think I’ve missed the mark!!


patricia grace