About Brett Smith

Brett Smith is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is currently pursuing his M.Div. at The Master's Seminary. A native of Chicago, Brett serves on the Events staff at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

Marriage Roles: Trusting God in Submission

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Ring in MarriageGod commands and enables every Christian marriage to act as a platform for gospel proclamation.  It is God’s design and intention for every Christian marriage to be a living illustration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  While last post we considered the wife’s glorious and honored position as man’s helper, this post will introduce the role of submission in marriage.

Submission comes from a word in Greek that means “to subordinate” or “put under.” Submission then is simply a women who voluntarily follows the leadership of her husband (Ephesians 5:22; I Peter 3:1). This is something a wife actively does, NOT FORCED upon her by the recipient. … Continue reading

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God’s Design in Marriage: Help Meet

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Hands HelpmeetGod said in Genesis 2:18:

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'”

I want to consider in this post what a “helper fit for him” means for women. Often this word gets thrown around in a derogatory manner. The debate in light of this text is, “Do women have, as helpers, a subordinate role to the man’s role?” Does the Bible teach women as mere “doormats” for the husband to walk all over? The answer to that question is a resounding no! Scripture teaches that women are equal to men in dignity, worth, and importance.… Continue reading

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The Nature of Apologetics

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What Do You Believe Because Scripture is inerrant and inspired by God, it is the Christian’s sole authority concerning matters of life and godliness. Therefore, whatever the Bible teaches on any topic binds the Christian’s conscience. Christians are obligated then to believe what the Bible teaches and to obey what the Bible prescribes (having been rightly interpreted of course). Because of the nature of Scripture, people attack the many claims of Scripture and its life-giving doctrine. Consequently, defending of the Christian faith is necessary. I desire to conduct a brief overview on the nature of apologetics in Scripture, extrapolating some practical lessons for us as we engage the culture with the life-changing power of the gospel and as we defend our faith.… Continue reading

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God’s Blueprint for Husbands: Making Decisions

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fierce_marriage_love_wife_greatlyThe following are some truths that I have learned recently in a Bible study I attend.  One of my mentors and elders at Grace Church, Carlos Chung, has really helped me understand from Scripture my role as the decision maker in the home.  I hope that some things I have been learning will help you bring glory to Christ in your marriage!

The Bible is clear that men and women are both equally God’s image bearers (Genesis 1:27), and therefore equal before God and with one another, both fellow-heirs in their lives together and in their relationship before God (1 Peter 3:7; Galatians 3:28).… Continue reading

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What is the Call of God?

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Called By God from PhoneWe are able to experience salvation only because God has called us to it. God has done the work and therefore we cannot earn salvation, but only receive it. The Bible is unmistakable in its teaching that in order for man to be saved, he must be called by God. Throughout the entire New Testament, the apostle Paul (Rom 8:29-30; 1 Cor 1:2, 24; Col 3:15; 1 Th 2:12; 2 Tim 1:9), Peter (1 Pet 1:15, 5:10; 2 Pet 1:3, 1:10), Jude (Jude 1), John (Rev 17:14; John 10:3), and the writer of Hebrews (Heb 3:1; 9:15) label the saints as “the called.” There is a group of people–believers in Christ, God’s elect–who have been called, and are justified, and will be glorified.… Continue reading

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