Preaching Outline on 1 Timothy chapter 4 message 23

1 Timothy 4          Message 23

    1.   Commitment to right Doctrine                             

          The instructions were given in chapter 1:3-20

Paul then began to instruct Timothy in the –

    2.  Conduct of the church.  1 Timothy 2:1-3:16

    3.  Calamity in the church  1 Timothy 4:1-5

Pay attention to the message today, do not let your mind wander off –

Today we will learn from God’s Word about –

    4.  Correction of the church.                  1 Timothy 4:6-16

      a.  Our Promise – the Word of God –

        1).  Resolve to teach the truth

          a).  With conviction  “…whereunto thou has attained.”

1 Timothy 4:6  If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

          b).  With courage.    The truth is always the same and does not change based on who is listening. 

1 John 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Keep on telling the truth, rejoicing when people agree with the truth, and resolving to keep on when people will not hear the truth.

Knowing the truth enables us to –

        2).  Reject the lies

1 Timothy 4:7,8a  But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little…”

            a).  Tales told by superstitious people.  (Headless John story)

            b).  Tales believed by irresponsible people – too lazy to search out the truth.  We are commanded to –

2 Timothy 2:15-18  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Knowing the truth, we –

        3).  Rejoice in the promises of God –

          a).  The Lord is our satisfaction

1 Timothy 4:8b  “…but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

          b).  The Lord is our Surety

1 Timothy  4:9  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

          c).    The Lord is our Saviour.

            (1).  The course of our service

1 Timothy 4:10a  “For therefore we both labour…”

John 4:34-35  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

            (2).  The cost of our service.

1 Timothy 4:10b  “…and suffer reproach…”

We are not to be surprised when the message is rejected and we are rebuked for preaching it. We soon experience the results of the unbelief of –

              (a).  Our families

Matthew 10:35-36  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

              (b).  Our friends

1 Peter 4:4  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

We are representing the Lord and it should be no wonder that we will receive the same treatment that He received – 

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…

 As experienced from His day until now –

1 Thessalonians 2:15  Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

Knowing the trouble facing us for our testimony, we must remember –

            (3).  The Cause of our service. 

1 Timothy 4:10c   “…because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”

            (4).  The confidence in our service –

1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

          (5). The command to His church

1 Timothy   4:11  These things command and teach.

The consequences are not temporary, difficulties to be faced.  The consequences are eternal – life or death!

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Everyone needs to hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ because they are in desperate need of salvation – they are on, so to speak, “death row”, condemned to eternal separation from God.  They need the Pardon from God, be redeemed through faith in Him.

Believers and unbelievers need to understand this truth –

Those who are saved have been moved off of death row and now how life through the Lord Jesus Christ.

They heard that they needed salvation that only God gives through His Son, Jesus to everyone that believes, confesses, and calls upon Him to be saved.

Romans 3:10-18  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

When they acknowledged their condition, they confessed it to God, believing that His Son, Jesus, took their sentence of death upon Himself, and called upon Him for salvation –

Romans 10:9-13  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

At that moment, they were moved from death unto life –

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Believers and unbelievers need to know that once the unbeliever dies, the offer of salvation is no longer available!  The decision is urgent and needs to be considered now.

This is the message that Timothy was to preach and it is the message that we must continue preaching, not being sidetracked by old wives tales and false doctrine. 

God is real

Jesus died for our sins

Now is the day of salvation

You know it is the truth

Rejoice that you have a chance to be saved, that you have heard the Word of God –

Do not put it off to another time – you may not have “another time”.

Call upon Him now!

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 4:1,2 Message 22

1 Timothy 4   Message 22

We are continuing to look at Paul’s –

B. Charges to Timothy           1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a

Thus far, we have been instructed in the importance of both –

1.  Doctrine                     1 Timothy 1:3-20

And –

2.  Conduct of the church                1 Timothy 2:1 – 3:16

Timothy was made aware that churches (which are to be the pillar and ground of the truth) were going to forsake the leadership of the Spirit in favour of the love of self.  He was instructed in how to prevent this turning away during his ministry in the church he pastored.

We have excused ourselves for centuries by pushing off “…in the latter times…” to those in the future.  If we believe the Word of God, the Bible, and hold to His truth believing in the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ, each generation could be “…the latter times.”!  We cannot excuse ourselves for our lack of faith in looking for His return and put it off on future generations to be in truth “…the latter times.” 

We are in our current situation because of our unbelief and lack of commitment to Biblical truth.  We must stand for the truth of God’s Word as we, as well as was Timothy – are warned along with him of the –

3.  Calamity in the church                        1 Timothy 4:1-5

      a.  The message of warning.  “…Now the Spirit speaketh expressly…”

        1).  The warning is from God –  with authority!

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Peter 1:19-21  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

        2).  The warning is for our understanding –  “…expressly…”   clear, plain, in direct terms.  Timothy, and every pastor since his time, was told of what to look for in their churches –

      b. The movement away from truth    “…that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith…”

        1).  The things we do not know –

          a).  The time

          b).  The people

We must be aware that the time will come and the people will reject –

        2).  The things that we do know.  “The Faith”

          a).  Jesus (God) was born of woman –

 Romans 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Galatians 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law

          b).  Jesus lived a sinless life –

Hebrews 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

          c).  Jesus died for all, paying the sin debt, was buried, and rose again.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

We have seen churches destroyed through the lies taught that Jesus did not die for all men, but only for some that He chose to live.  All others, it is taught, he chose to be separated from Him forever in Hell. 

          d).  Jesus commanded His church to witness unto Him in all the world –

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

These are all basic truths, easy to understand which should be trusted and obeyed.  But there is a continuing lie being proclaimed by the world –

      c.  The method of deception  “…giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…”

These take the truth, question it, twist it, add lies to it and present it as the answer to your needs in life, the things that you deserve –

      d.  The magnification of the cult of self  “…Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…”

Take notice of how industrious they are –

        1).  The energy devoted to their cause

Matthew 23:15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Those who were the deceived are now the deceivers, even more enthusiastic in their error than their teachers –

“…Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron…”

        2).  The examples are as old as time itself

          a).  The lying Serpent, Satan 

Genesis 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:4-5  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

        b).  The lying prophet of Samaria

1 Kings 13:18-19  He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

Why did he lie – He was jealous of a righteous man and wanted him to submit to him and be disobedient like him!

Proverbs 6:16-17  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue….   one naturally follows the other!

The choices of all involved are very clear: believe God and submit to Him or believe a lie, disobeying God and promoting faith in Self over faith in God.  The cult of Self!  Believing the lie of the world “After all you are worth it and you deserve it”!  How often to you hear this statement?

Next week we will learn of Paul’s answer to the question Timothy would ask “How do I keep this from happening in this church”?

This morning we will end with this – we have been warned of the danger which is before us.  The danger is real and each one of us will face it.  God is giving us help through His presence, His Word, and His people.  Remember that movements, whether good or bad, begin with an individual who then influences others.  The church is the pillar and ground of the truth.  We need one another, encourage one another. Remember the command from God –

Hebrews 10:23-25  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

You might say that you are saved and safe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The question is “what about your unsaved family members that attend church with you”?  Will your actions draw them closer to the truth or will they allow them to be caught up in the lies of the world and be swept away from the truth to follow a lie?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 3:14-16 Message 21

In order to have a good understanding of the message today, let’s review this letter beginning in chapter 1, verse 3 with the –

B.       Charges to Timothy                 1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a

Once Timothy knew the presence of God providing him with grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, Timothy had to make a –

    1.   Commitment to right Doctrine                             

          The instructions were given in chapter 1:3-20

Paul then began to instruct Timothy in the –

    2.  Conduct of the church.  1 Timothy 2:1-3:16

We learned along with Timothy about –

      a.  Prayer,  (Supplications, prayers, and intercessions with thanksgiving) and about those to be prayed for: the –

      b.  People   (Leaders and nations)

      c.   The Purpose  for praying and especially for those listed is to help us carry out the commandments of God in –

        1).  Peace

        2).  Pleasing unto God  –  1 Timothy 2:3,4

We learned that when our desire is the same as the Lord’s desire, and seek the salvation of all men, we will find that it is –

        3).  Profitable to reason in atmosphere of peace –  1 Timothy 2:5,6

        4).  Proclaimed unto all the world –  1 Timothy 2:7 

              To carry out these commands, we were instructed in the  –

    d.  Practical actions of the believer as given in 1 Timothy 2:8-15

We must learn –

          a).  The Responsibility of men in submission to the Lord

And we must learn –

          b).  The Role of women in submission to the Lord

We were reminded that we are not saved by our actions, such as public prayer and praise, having children, or any other thing we do?  We are saved by faith, trusting in God through His Son Jesus Christ – the death, burial, and resurrection that all men might be saved.

That which Paul stated here is how believers, praying that we might lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, live in submission and obedience, willingly and happily unto the Lord and is both an encouragement to the saved and a warning to the unsaved!

A man or woman who say that they will trust God for salvation, but will trust in themselves how they will live their lives, is not a saved person.

A man that says that he does not have to live a holy life, or have a public testimony for the Lord, does not need to pray, does not need to be kind to others, had better examine his salvation!

A woman that says she will be married, but will not submit to her husband’s leadership, does not have to help him accomplish God’s will for his life, will go to church when she chooses and does not have to listen to the men because she knows more than they do, had better examine her salvation.

Anyone that states “I will accept your salvation, but I will do what I want when I want”, is not saved!

This is not be judgmental, this is being honest –

Matthew 7:20-21  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Paul continued to teach us about the conduct of the church by making sure that we understand the –

      e.   Positions of those that serve                1 Timothy 3:1-13

The qualifications of those who would be pastors or deacons.

Today we will complete this chapter by learning of the believer’s expected –

      f. Performance                        1 Timothy 3:14-16

Paul took a brief intermission in the letter to exhort and encourage Timothy to consider the things he had read and to exalt the Lord, reminding us that He is Worthy of all of our love, all of our attention, and all of our obedience.  We begin with Paul’s –

        1).  Personal note

1 Timothy 3:14  These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

Paul reminded Timothy of the responsibility given to him that the work was to be carried out as if Paul were standing at his side.

          a).  The written word represents authority.

Paul often wrote to those to whom he could not speak with face to face.  He expected the same respect for his authority whether the words were spoken or written.         

2 Corinthians 13:2  I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

          b).  The written word sets forth instructions to be obeyed.

2 Thessalonians 3:13-15  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

These authoritative instructions have been given with a –

        2).  Promise

1 Timothy 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

If Timothy would practice what was written to him, he could teach the saints and they would please God by being as Paul wrote in –

Philippians 2:15-16  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life….

Every one of us represent the Lord to the world –

2 Corinthians 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

We are among this world representing –

          a).  His Children   “…the house of God…”

          b).  His Church   “…the church of the Living God…”

          c).  His Character   “…the pillar and ground of the truth.”

Colossians 1:10-19  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

As we think on these things we are lifted up to –

        3).  Praise

1 Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Without question, Jesus Christ is the source and strength of Godliness in His saints

Colossians 2:2-3  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:9-10  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

          a).  “…God was manifest in the flesh…” 

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

          b).  “… justified in the Spirit…”

1 Peter 1:10-12  Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

          c).  “… seen of angels…”

They attended His birth, His temptation in the wilderness, His Prayer in the garden, His resurrection, His ascension!

          d).  “…preached unto the Gentiles…” In Samaria, in Tyre and Sidon, in the Decapolis during His ministry in Israel.

          e).  “…believed on in the world…”  Peter testified

Matthew 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

          f).  “… received up into glory…”  His ascension to His throne at the right hand of the Father.

We see in this letter the performance of the will of God is through His power and to His glory!  Are you carrying out His will in your life today? 

Can you praise Him and cry out from a pure heart –

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”

If you cannot praise Him this morning, will you pray to Him and ask Him to restore to you the joy of your salvation?

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Will you call upon Him now in praise or in prayer now?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 3:1-13 Message 20

The leadership in the church –

      e.   Positions                   1 Timothy 3:1-13

Qualifications for the two offices in the church are set forth in this chapter, which are –

        1).      Bishops              1 Timothy 3:1-7    and  –   

        2).      Deacons             1 Timothy 3:8-13

We noted last week that –

          a).  Diakonos is translated deacon, servant, minister with the meaning defined according to the context.

          b).  Diakonos as viewed in the time of Christ by the Gentiles was that of property and whose very existence was to serve their masters.

          c).  Diakonos as viewed by God.

John 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

And we were reminded of the –

          d).  Diakonos as the office in the church.

            (1).     Deacon is not called of God into the office.

            (2).     God gave four office gifts to the church. The office of deacon is not among these gifts.

Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

             (3).    The Apostles instituted the office of deacon. Acts 6:1-7

               (a).  The reason for the office is stated.  Acts 6:1,2

Acts 6:1-2 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

               (b).  The method in choosing the deacons is stated.  Acts 6:3a

                     “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men…”

                   (c).       The qualifications for the office are stated.  Acts 6:3b

                       “…full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom…”

We emphasized that being full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom can, and should be, known by those around you.

               (d).      The work of the deacon is stated.  Acts 6:3c

    “…whom we may appoint over this business.”  What business?  “…It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.”

Imagine that you have been seated in a restaurant.  You have the need of receiving food and drink.  The waiter approaches you and ask how they can help you?  You tell them what you want and they relay the message to someone who can supply what you need.  The waiter is also often known as a ‘server’, serving their employer by serving you.  The deacon serves God by serving you.  They are to insure that the church members who were in need were cared for.

This morning we continue in the Scripture to learn of the –

              e).      Diakonos qualifications.    1 Timothy 3:8-13

The ministry of the deacon to the members of the church may involve learning information which the members desire to remain private, not revealed to anyone other than the pastor.  The deacon must be a man that can be trusted with anyone’s personal information.  Every member of the church should be held to this standard and it should be a normal aspect of Christian character.  The Word of God instructs us in this –

Proverbs 11:13  A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

We are not to flatter someone under the pretense of Christian care and then speak to others of their situation

1 Peter 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Trust is essential for the ministry of the deacon, therefore we are given the following characteristics required of the man  serve who will others –

1 Timothy 3:8-13

          (1).  Exemplifies truth and honour

1 Timothy 3:8  Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre…”

Consistently telling the truth, not changing the story depending on who they are speaking to, as well as keeping away from alcohol in order to make right decisions, and not ministering with the hope of financial gain.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,  (The same word translated ‘grave’ in 1 Timothy) whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

This exhortation should define every believer, prepared to be a blessing to others!

           (2).  Exalts the Lord through his unwavering faith

1 Timothy 3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

The man must have absolute confidence in his belief in God, in Him sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to give His life for all men (The death, burial, and resurrection according to the Scriptures), with no other motive than to simply obey God in Truth.  As Paul wrote of himself –

2 Timothy 1:12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

A double minded man should certainly not be given the opportunity to serve others.  We should remember that it is a privilege to serve God!

Psalm 123:2  Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Seeking the opportunity to serve!

          (3).  Existing good testimony –

1 Timothy 3:10   And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

          (4).  Example of a Godly family –

1 Timothy 3:11,12   Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

          (6).  Appreciated by the congregation for their faithful ministry unto God by ministering to the needs of His children.

1 Timothy 3:13   For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

We need to pray for the men the churches have chosen to serve in this office.

We need to pray that all of us would have the character of these men, loving God, honest, full of the Holy Spirit, and ready to help others – giving of ourselves to the Lord and those He loves.

This character begins with salvation –

2 Corinthians 5:17-20  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

And continues through Him to others –

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Are you saved?

Are you serving?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Message 19

1 Timothy 3:8-13   

Message 19      The leadership in the church –

      e.   Positions                   1 Timothy 3:1-13

Qualifications for the two offices in the church are set forth in this chapter, the first being that of the –

        1).      Bishops                       1 Timothy 3:1-7

Today, we turn to the second office, that of the –     

 2).    Deacons            

It is very important that every believer understand the offices of Pastor and Deacon.  The church member is required to follow the leadership and pray for their pastor and therefore should be well acquainted with the purpose, the position, and the person of their pastor.  Likewise, every church member should understand the office of the deacon as this man will be ministering to their needs as directed by the pastor.  This will be explained in more detail as we look into the Word of God, the Bible, and learn what God has instructed us to know about the office of the deacon.

As we begin, we should learn some background information on the word ‘Deacon’.

          a).  Diakonos is translated deacon, servant, minister according to the context.

            (1).  The office of Deacon.

Along with the office of Deacon, there are other uses, such as –

            (2). Born-again deacons.

1 Thessalonians 3:2  And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

            (3). Ungodly deacons       

2 Corinthians 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

            (4). Men deacons     

Colossians 4:7  All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:

            (5). Women deacons                  

Romans 16:1  I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

            (6). Deacons under authority     

Matthew 22:13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

            (7). Deacons in authority.

Romans 13:4  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

    b).  Diakonos as viewed in the time of Christ –

        (1).  The Gentiles

              (a).        Property

              (b).       Their existence is for the pleasure of the masters.

        (2).  The Pharisees 

                  Essentially the same as the Greeks. (servants – property, less                   worthy in their being)

          c).  Diakonos as viewed by God.

              (1).  Jesus was a deacon. 

Mark 10:45   For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

     Romans 15:8  Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

              (2).       All Christians.

 2 Corinthians 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.                    

John 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

          d).  Diakonos as the office in the church.

            (1).     Deacon is not called of God into the office.

            (2).     God gave four office gifts to the church. The office of deacon is not among these gifts.

Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

             (a).    There were deacons that were not evangelist.

             (b).    Could not be an evangelist, an apostle, prophet, or a pastor-teacher unless you were a deacon. (servant)

             (3).    The Apostles instituted the office of deacon. Acts 6:1-7

               (a).  The reason for the office is stated.  Acts 6:1,2

               (b).  The method in choosing the deacons is stated.  Acts 6:a

                      “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men…”

               (c).  The qualifications for the office are stated.  Acts 6:3b

                       “…full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom…”

Interesting that being full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom can, and should be, known by those around you.

               (d).  The work of the deacon is stated.  Acts 6:3c

                       “…whom we may appoint over this business.”

Making sure the church members who were in need were cared for.

              e).      Diakonos qualifications.    1 Timothy 3:8-13

      f. Performance                        1 Timothy 3:14-16

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Preaching Outline on 1 Timothy 3:2-7 Message 18

1 Timothy 3:2-7  Message 18

We have seen that men who desire the office of a Bishop, desire a good work.

1 Timothy 3:1  This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

  They, according to the meaning of the words, are pursuing, reaching out for the calling of God into the office of a Bishop.  I, and I believe all other preachers, thank the Lord for every one of you men who, as you sit in the congregation and listen to the teaching and preaching, are asking God to put you in this place of leadership.  I believe that some of you are desiring this good work and, that being the case, we must turn to a most important issue, that is the –

          c).  Requirements for the character of the man who the Lord calls to this work – 

1 Timothy 3:2-7  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

You must be –

        (1).  Virtuous

1 Timothy 3:2  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

              (a).        Blameless.  not able to be taken hold of, without reproach

A man who the entire community respects, even if some disagree with his faith in God and His Word. 

We see he has to be the –

               (b).      Husband of one wife.  A one woman man. 

This rules out polygamy (Two wives at one time), as marriages such as this were not prevalent at this time – the issue was divorce.  The pastor must accept the responsibility given by God to be the loving husband and leader of his family as noted –

Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

One of the most serious problems we have today in marriages is that the husband does not understand his accountability to God for leading his family, leaving the decision making to his wife.  We must remember the consequences of ignoring responsibilities which are made perfectly clear through the account of Adam submitting to the will of his wife, Eve, instead of the will of God.

The man’s character is what he brings in ministry to others and he must protect himself at all times.  He must be –

                  (c).    Vigilant.  Nhfaleon   

                        Wise use of caution.  It means to completely abstain from wine in the performance of his ministry,which isa positive reference to character of the ministry in his ministry as commanded of the priest in –        

Leviticus 10:8-11  And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;  And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

We must remember that the pastor is prepared for ministry at all times.

              (d).       Sober.  Sofron          Knowing the glory of God and the necessity to accurately teach and preach His Word to God’s people.

2 Corinthians 5:13-15  For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

You have heard it said that “some are so Heavenly minded that they are no earthly good”.  Paul spoke to this –

2 Corinthians 12:4-6  How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

We know the marvelous grace of God in our lives and our personal blessings and rejoicing in His presence, but we must also know what purpose it would be to share these experiences with others – is it to the glory of God or to the exaltation of self?

There are times that teaching and preaching can become a contest – a comparison of spiritual experiences with others.  The pastor must be careful in this!

              (e).  Of good behaviour. 

                    Well ordering his private and public life,  Refer to –

Psalm 101:1  A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

David glorified the Lord because of the mercy and judgment of God had shown in his life.  He testified here how he would live the life the Lord had given and blessed him with –

Psalm 101:2-8  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me?

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:

I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me:

I will not know a wicked person. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

David determined to live his life as a man of God – what God would expect from a man after His own heart! 

Each of us, being saved through the Love of God and sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, should desire no less for our lives!

This is no less that what Paul wrote to the church in Rome –

Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

         (f).  Given to hospitality.  Filoxenos  loving strangers.

Prepared to give of self  

              (g).  Apt to teach.  Prepared and able to teach

Relying on the Word – Know its relevance in your life

Ready to teach the Word

Reasoning through the Word, which means he must understand it.

2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

                         

The man must be virtuous and he also must be –

            (2).  Selfless

1 Timothy 3:3  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

              (a).        Not given to wine.  Paroinon 

The simple explanation is found in the following Scripture –

Proverbs 20:1  Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

         The results of which are related in –

Isaiah 28:7-8  But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

While some argue almost endlessly on this point, my question to you is simple “Do you want to be wise”?  No excuses, Yes or No?

I understand all of the arguments – I justified my own drinking after I got saved.  I was raised in a family that used alcohol often.  I was a regular drinker and I enjoyed it.  Not long after I got saved, I met with a friend and he was coming with me to our house for dinner.   My friend was not a Christian.  I stopped at the store to get some beer and he said to me “I thought Christians did not drink”.  I replied to him “We drink, but not too much”.  I felt like I had been stabbed in the heart and I was broken.  The feeling was new to me, but I knew exactly where it came from, the Holy Spirit used the Sword of the Lord, His Word, and cut my heart.  I kicked against the truth but He would not let me alone.  I admitted that my excuses and reasoning were exactly that and decided that I wanted to simply be “wise”.  I learned the sweet peace of submission and confession and learned that I had been occupying my time with that which I did not need at all.  Joy comes from the Lord, not from the bottle!

Notice how these actions are associated with one another.  They present a very unlikable, ungodly man!

              (b).       No striker.  Plhkths  Not striking to create movement, not quick tempered, not striking back.

Have you known leaders that push and prod those around them in order to accomplish their purpose.  The ‘Striker’ here is what we would call a bully, constantly abusing physically or verbally. 

You also see the man given to drinking and bullying, is self seeking, endeavouring to surround himself with the riches of this world, but not so the man who would be a bishop. He is –

              (c).        Not greedy of filthy lucre.  Aisxrokerdhs 

Philippians 4:11-13  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

He is to trust God that His provision is what is needed to accomplish His purpose

         (d).   Patient.  Forbearance/yielding/ not domineering

         (e).  Not a brawler.  Amacos  This word translated ‘brawler’ means not peaceable, argumentative, sowing discord

James 3:13-16  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

              (f).        Not covetous.  Afilarguros  Not a lover of money

He understands that he needs only what the Lord provides for him to accomplish the ministry of God unto the people.  Faithful service to the Lord is not measured by the accumulation of material goods!

We see also that the pastor must be not only virtuous, and selfless, he must be –

            (3).  Dedicated

1 Timothy 3:4-7  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

              (a).        To his family.  One that rules his house well.  

This man must lead his family and have the respect of his wife and his children, not only willingly following his instructions, but seeking the wisdom for leadership from him that he has learned from the Lord through his daily communion with God in prayer and Bible study.  He must teach his family by word and deed to have this personal relationship with God in order that they may lead the families as they are established under the guidance of the Lord.

The family must glorify God in the community.

Dedicated –

              (b).       To his calling    Not a novice.    

“…Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil…”

                        Literal – newly planted – not given time to grow.

And dedicated –

              (c).        To his community    Has a good report of those in

community.

“…Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

This man, virtuous, selfless, and dedicated, will be used of God to make a difference in the world for the glory of God.  Will you be this man? Will you pray for your pastor to be this man?

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1 Timothy Chapter 3 Message 17

1 Timothy chapter 3:1                 Message 17

As we review Paul’s instructions to Timothy, we remember they were based on his encouragement that man’s hope is in God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The believer lives out this hope looking forward to the imminent coming of Jesus Christ.  Paul then set forth the –

  B.     Charges to Timothy                   1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a

In order to fulfil the responsibility given to him, Timothy had to make a –

    1.   Commitment to right Doctrine             1 Timothy 1:3-20

We spent some weeks preaching and teaching about the courage Timothy was going to have to seek from the Lord in order to commit himself completely to uphold right doctrine. 

It would be good to remember that Paul has given Timothy, as pastor of the church in Ephesus, the responsibility to correct those teaching false doctrine in the church and instruct them in knowing and doing God’s work God’s way.  Timothy had to commit himself to right doctrine in order to set in order the right –

    2.  Conduct of the church.  1 Timothy 2:1-3:16

We have  the studied the instructions about –

      a.  Prayer,  beginning with supplications, prayer, and intercessions, with  thanksgiving,   and about those to be prayed for: the –

      b.  People – for all men, kings, and those in authority –

      c.  The Purpose   Why should we pray? – that we may carry out the commandments of God in –

        1).  Peace   We are to work at living in –

          a).  Peace from the government.  “…quiet and peaceable…”

          b).  Peace toward fellow men.   “…in all godliness and honesty.”

        2).  Pleasing unto God  –  1 Timothy 2:3,4

        3).  Profitable to reason in atmosphere of peace –  1 Timothy 2:5,6

          a).  The results of reasoning in an atmosphere of anger.

          b).  The reasoning in an atmosphere of peace

            (1).  There is One God

            (2).  There is One Mediator

            (3).  There is One Payment for sin

            (4).  There is One Message      and that it is to be –

        4).  Proclaimed unto all the world –  1 Timothy 2:7

        d.  Practical actions of the believer –    1 Timothy 2:8-15

          1).  The Responsibility of the men in submission to the Lord –

            a).  We are to be public, not ashamed of our relationship with the Lord  “…that men pray everywhere…”

            b).  We are to be pure  “…lifting up holy hands…”

            c).  We are to be peaceable  “…without wrath…”

            d).  We are to be positive   “…without doubting.”

          2).  The Role of women in submission to the Lord –

            a).  Their Dedication

            b).   Their decency   (The dictionary definition of ‘decent’ is –   marked by moral integrity, kindness, and goodwill)

            c).  Their determination

            d).  Their desire

            e).  Their deference 

          3).  The result of which is submission to the Lord in all things!

 Today we will begin Message 17, the leadership in the church –

      e.    Positions                        1 Timothy 3:1-13

Qualifications for the two offices in the church are set forth in this chapter, the first being that of the –

        1).        Bishops                            1 Timothy 3:1-7

          a).  Reaching out to the work      

1 Timothy 3:1  This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

The word ‘desire’ means to seek after, to reach out for something.  This is more than just wanting to be a pastor, but to be actively pursuing, putting one’s self in the position to be called to this work of God.

Too many times men want the position of pastor, thinking of it as a popularity contest, without understanding the requirements set forth by God.  We should understand the –

          b).  Responsibilities of the work

The office of the pastor is threefold.  The Scriptures teach that the man has three functions in his office.  He is usually called by the title “Pastor” because of the relational aspect of that part of the ministry.  He could also be justly called by the titles “Elder” or “Bishop”.  What the world has done in the use of these terms is irrelevant and does not change God’s intended ministries of the pastor.  The titles must be understood and used in the manner in which they are given in God’s Word.

We must learn and understand the functions of the office which are clearly noted in the following verses from the Book of Acts –      

Acts 20:17  And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

We see first that those who were called to this meeting were –

               (1).     Elders

          The word “elder” is used of both a man that is “old” in age and then also of a man that displays the characteristic of wisdom.  The Scriptures state that positionally, ‘elders’ were ordained to this office, being set apart through God’s leadership –

Acts 14:23   And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed,

– into the work of leading the churches in their cities –

1 Timothy 5:17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

The second thing we learn is that the Elder is also a –

           (2).    Bishop

The word “bishop” shows the business side of the pastor.  He is to be an able overseer of the work – 

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers,

And finally, the ministry of this office is completed in the –

              (3).      Shepherd (Pastor)

“…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood”.   

          The pastor is the shepherd of the sheep, the minister of God,

Ephesians 4:11    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers….  

He tends to them and makes sure that they are healthy and productive –

Ephesians 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

The Lord was very straightforward with Peter in this position. 

John 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

1 Peter 5:1-4  The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

The shepherd of the sheep must realize Whose they are and that he is being held responsible by God to care for them.  The pastor is the shepherd of the flock, but he does not own the flock.  There is a greater Shepherd that owns the flock and requires and accounting.  The pastor is to shepherd the church in love, his love for Jesus constrains him to serve well for the glory of the Lord. 

 It should be duly noted that they did not take upon themselves this ministry, neither did the church hire them to fill a position, but that God called them and placed them according to His will.

“…over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers…”

  Again note that these men were elders.  These elders were instructed in the work before them as pastors – they had a flock and they had to feed them. They were shepherds/pastors over the flock/church of God.  And that these elder/pastors had also been given the responsibility to oversee/bishop the church which belongs to God.  Paul instructed the elder/pastor/bishop in the ministry that was given to them.  Every pastor has this ministry and as a steward, is accountable to carry out these ministries to the glory of God.

The church must also understand their responsibility to the Lord in following the pastor –

Hebrews 13:17-21  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.  But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

As we consider the statement by Paul, being led of the Holy Spirit,  that to desire the office of bishop was to desire a good work, are we praying and encouraging the boys and young men in the churches to prepare to be used of God in His service.  It is important for them to understand all that is involved in this work, that it is a labour for the Lord.  We will learn next week of the qualifications required by the Lord, but today we exhort you to pray that the Lord will use you in His work.

Timothy was reminded about his calling and instructed to encourage others to be ready, prepared in their lives as vessels unto honour, ready to be called by God into His ministry.

The beginning point of all is that a person should be saved. 

The saved should be serving.

The saved should be praying.

The saved should be encouraging.

The saved should be witnessing. What are you doing now?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy Message 16

1 Timothy    Message 16

In review of chapter two, we have learned of Paul’s instruction to Timothy on the –

  1. Conduct of the church.  1 Timothy 2:1-3:16

We have seen the instructions about –

  1. Prayer,  beginning with supplications, prayer, and intercessions, with  thanksgiving,  and about those to be prayed for: the –
  2. People – for all men, kings, and those in authority –

1 Timothy 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

The theme is –  “…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty…”   We have learned –

  1. The Purpose Why should we pray? – that we may carry out the commandments of God in –

1).  Peace   We are to work at living in –

a).  Peace from the government.  “…quiet and peaceable…”

b).  Peace toward fellow men.   “…in all godliness and honesty.”

And that we might carry out the commandments in a manner –

2).  Pleasing unto God  –  1 Timothy 2:3,4

We learned that when our desire is the same as the Lord’s desire, and seek the salvation of all men, we will find that it is –

3).  Profitable to reason in atmosphere of peace –  1 Timothy 2:5,6

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

And we learned –

a).  The resulting dangers of reasoning in an atmosphere of anger.

Along with –

b).  The resulting blessings of reasoning in an atmosphere of peace

The Truth is Good news and should be declared as much as is possible in an atmosphere of peace that –

            (1).  There is One God

            (2).  There is One Mediator

            (3).  There is One Payment for sin

            (4).  There is One Message      and that it is to be –

4).  Proclaimed unto all the world –  1 Timothy 2:7

We then asked the questions –

Are you saved?  If you are saved –

Are you praying?

Are you proclaiming

Today we are going to make clear a portion of this letter that can be a bit confusing.  It is motivated by the theme –

1 Timothy 2:2,4 …that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty …. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

In order to accomplish the purpose of God we must believe and follow these –

5).  Practical actions of the believer –

We must learn –

a).  The Responsibility of men in submission to the Lord –

1 Timothy 2:8-15  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

(1).  We are to be public, not ashamed of our relationship with the Lord  “…that men pray everywhere…”

The Lord’s command –  Matthew 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

(2).  We are to be pure  “…lifting up holy hands…”

The warning to those that are not pure –

Psalm 66:18  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Can you imagine finding yourself in a state of extreme danger and in need of help – dialing 911 or 999 only to find that your number has been blocked because of your disdain and disregard for authority.

Are you then without hope and without help?  No – God has instructed that if we call upon Him, confessing our sin and asking forgiveness, He will restore, He will hear, and He will help –

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Now, look at the wonderful benefits of being pure –

  • See good in God, His Word, His Work, and His will : Titus 1:15  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
  • Serve wholeheartedly: Colossians 3:1,17  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God……..And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
  • Sleep peacefully: Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

(3).  We are to be peaceable  “…without wrath…”

Philippians 2:13-14  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

(4).  We are to be positive   “…without doubting.”

Without uncertainty or anxiousness, be sure of the message and stay with it  “Ye must be born again”

And we must learn –

b).  The Role of women in submission to the Lord –

(1).  Their Dedication

“In like manner also…”, in other words, as men are to respond to God, revealing their love and submission to Him by their lives publicly, in purity, being peaceable and positive in their attitudes and actions,  women are to also respond to Him by showing their love and submission to Him through –

(2).   Their decency   (The dictionary definition of ‘decent’ is – marked by moral integrity, kindness, and goodwill)

“…that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

(3).  Their determination

“…But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

(4).  Their desire

“…Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.”

(5).  Their deference

The dictionary definition of this word is:  respect and esteem due a superior or an elder.  The word is used here accurately because the respect and esteem is primarily toward God and then to those He has placed in positions of responsibility and accountability to Himself.

“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

We will see in them –

c).  The result of submission to the Lord –

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

God is not telling us here that just because a woman has children, she is going to heaven.  This statement defines the woman that loves God, is submissive to His will, and does not just accept her role in life, but delights in the role God has created her to fulfil.

This woman wants to trust and obey God, and a large part of her submission to God involves her relationship with man.  We all must remember that God created woman to complete man –

Genesis 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Genesis 2:18-25  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

The woman was created to complete the man.  In Genesis chapter 4 we read of Eve changing her role from one of completion to one of competition.  She took the leadership in the family and Adam submitted to her leadership, introducing sin into the world –

As we read –

For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

Yet Adam was held accountable to God because he was placed in the role of leadership, which he did not perform –

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Do you see this morning that we are not saved by public prayer and praise, having children, or any other thing we do?  We are saved by faith, trusting in God through His Son Jesus Christ – the death, burial, and resurrection that all men might be saved.

That which Paul stated here is how believers, praying that we might lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, live in submission and obedience, willingly and happily unto the Lord.

A man or woman who say that they will trust God for salvation, but nothing else, they will choose how they will live their lives, is not a saved person.

A man that says that he does not have to live a holy life, a public testimony for the Lord, does not need to pray, does not need to be kind to others, had better examine his salvation!

A woman that says she will be married, but will not submit to her husband’s leadership, does not have to help him accomplish God’s will for his life, will go to church but does not have to listen to the men because she knows more than they do, had better examine her salvation.

Anyone that states “I will accept your salvation, but I will do what I want when I want”, is not saved!

This is not be judgmental, this is being honest –

Matthew 7:20-21  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Hughes wrote –

This is not about suitability for leadership. It is a statistical fact that American women read more Christian books than men and attend church in greater numbers.  Women are more relationally oriented and more naturally empathetic. They are more intuitive about knowing where people are. They are more verbal, natural communicators.

This is not about power. Church leadership is not about strength; it’s about dying. That’s how Paul defined the New Covenant ministry as “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus” sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you” (2 Cor 4:10–12).

This is about fidelity to God’s Word. This is about inviting God’s Word to shape the life of the church, rather than the intrusive winds of culture. And make no mistake about this—if the Bible does not direct the church, culture will!

This text is about living out the creation order which comes from the character of God’s goodness. We must exult with Paul, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:31, 32). When we live out our salvation, we can expect everything we need spiritually. When we live out His creation order—it is a joyous venture.

Are you rejoicing in the Lord today?  We pray that you are.

Are you saved and obedient to God?

Are you seeking others to tell them the truth of the Gospel?

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Preaching outline 1 Timothy Message 15

1 Timothy Message 15

In chapter two, we have been looking at Paul’s instruction to Timothy on the –
2. Conduct of the church. 1 Timothy 2:1-3:16
We have seen the instructions about –
a. Prayer, supplications, prayer, and intercessions, with thanksgiving, and about those to be prayed for: the –
b. People – for all men, kings, and those in authority
Today, we will begin to look at a number of things brought out in the following verses. Read –

1 Timothy 2:2-7 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

The theme is – “…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty…”

c. The Purpose Why should we pray? – that we may carry out the commandments of God in –

1). Peace We are to work at living in –
a). Peace from the government. “…quiet and peaceable…”
(1). Knowing the Lord will prosper His people in times of peace.
(2). Knowing the Lord’s protection upon His people in times of trouble, and –
(3). Knowing the Lord’s peace and strength in times of tragedy –

We have been instructed that it is God’s will that we be at peace with governments and those in authority. Also God’s Word instructs us in living in –
b). Peace toward fellow men. “…in all godliness and honesty.”

We learned the –

(1). Reason for this command –

It seems unbelievable, but at times people will use their position as leaders in the church to hurt believers that they do not like! And some believers will even tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing beforehand that it will make them angry, provoking them and causing trouble.

We learned that we must have the –

(2). Right attitude, (humility) as taught by the Lord through Paul in –

Philippians 2:5 “…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

And we are to –

(3). Remember the attitude of God –

Even toward those that ignore, reject, and despise Him –

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

– Then we will have a better understanding about praying that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life which is –

2). Pleasing unto God – 1 Timothy 2:3,4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

The questions we are faced with now are –

a). Do you want to please God?
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour…”

b). Do you want to present the Gospel to the world?
“…Who will have all men to be saved…”

c). Do you want to preach truth?
“…and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Message 15

Today we continue to learn that when our desire is the same as the Lord’s desire, and seek the salvation of all men, we will find that it is –

3). Profitable to reason in atmosphere of peace – 1 Timothy 2:5,6

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

a). The results of reasoning in an atmosphere of anger.

Acts 5:30-33 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

Now I would have you listen to the same truth with your mind and hearts set on knowing the truth –

b). The reasoning in an atmosphere of peace

The Truth is Good news and should be declared as such –

(1). There is One God

“For there is one God…..”.

God has declared –

Isaiah 45:5-6 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

(2). There is One Mediator

“…and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”

How Job cried out for help in his time of distress –

Job 9:32-33 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

Job knew that he needed someone that would be able to intercede for him with God. He knew that no matter how good he tried to be, no matter how clean he tried to make himself, he could not approach unto the Holy God on his own merit, Job knew the truth, he needed someone who could stand for him in the presence of God.
There was no one on earth who could stand in that place – until Jesus, the Son of God, came.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(3). There is One Payment for sin

“…Who gave himself a ransom for all….”

1 Peter 1:18-21 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

(4). There is One Message

“…to be testified in due time.”

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Romans 10:9-14 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And Paul declared that this message would be –

4). Proclaimed unto all the world – 1 Timothy 2:7

Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Praying to prepare to proclaim! Always remember –

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers…..

Are you saved? If you are saved –
Are you praying?
Are you proclaiming

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy Message 14

1 Timothy Message 14

In chapter two, we have been looking at Paul’s instruction to Timothy on the –
2. Conduct of the church. 1 Timothy 2:1-3:16
We have see the instructions about –
a. Prayer, and about those to be prayed for: the –
b. People
Today, we will begin to look at five things brought out in the following verses. Read –

1 Timothy 2:2-7 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

The first thing is – “…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life…”

c. The Purpose Why should we pray? – to carry out the commandments of God. In –

1). Peace We are to work at living in –
a). Peace from the government. “…quiet and peaceable…”
(1). The Lord prospering His people in times of peace.
(2). The Lord’s protection upon His people in times of trouble.
(a). Prisoner
(b). Preacher
(c). Prince
(3). The Lord’s peace and strength in times of tragedy –

This past week we were reminded that it is God’s will that we be at peace with governments and those in authority. Today we will learn what God’s Word instructs us in living in –

b). Peace toward fellow men. “…in all godliness and honesty.

We need to look at the –

(1). Reason for this command –

Would Christians act in an evil way to others? It seems unbelievable, but there are times that people will use their position as leaders in the church to hurt believers that they do not like!

Others will tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ knowing beforehand that it will make them angry, provoking them and causing trouble.

It seems strange to us, but it does happen. Let us hear what Paul wrote about those he encountered in his ministry that did not live in “…all godliness and honesty.” Note the –

(a). Ungodly preaching written about to the church in Philippi –

Philippians 1:15-16 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

Philippians 2:3-11 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory…

The problem was not only found in one city or nation – look at the –

(b). Ungodly problems that could occur in the church in Corinth –

2 Corinthians 12:18-21 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps? Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

We are to learn the –

(2). Right attitude we should have toward others as taught by the Lord –

Philippians 2:4 “…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

(3). Remember the attitude of God –

Even toward those that ignore, reject, and despise Him –

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

When we remember the attitude of God and that we are to represent Him on earth with our lives –

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

– we have better understanding about praying that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life which is – 1). Peace and then also –

2). Pleasing unto God – 1 Timothy 2:3,4

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

How is it that by being prayerful and peaceful, we are pleasing God? The answer is simple – we live each day according to what the Word of God teaches. In simple terms, we practice what we preach, and this is a testimony that cannot be denied by anyone. They can ignore it, they can reject it, but being honest, they cannot deny it. As Jesus taught –

Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Paul spoke to this in his letter to the Corinthians –

2 Corinthians 4:1-7 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The questions we are faced with now are –

a). Do you want to please God?

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour…”

b). Do you want to present the Gospel to the world?

“…Who will have all men to be saved…”

c). Do you want to preach truth?

“…and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

If not, you need to take some time with God, asking for Him to reveal what is holding you back from giving yourself to Him completely. What are you afraid of? It is time to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to search your heart, reveal truth to you from His Word, desiring to be the child of God that you know you should be.

Are you saved?

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