Preaching Outline 1 Timothy chapter 6:1,2 Message 29

1 Timothy 6      Message 29

Paul has been instructing the pastor on the –

        1).  Ministry to members

        2).  Ministry to widows

        3).  Ministry to pastors

And we conclude this section with the pastor’s –

        4). Ministry to slaves and to masters.    1 Timothy 6:1-2

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Paul is helping Timothy, pastors, and churches throughout the ages to deal with a very difficult situation arising from human relationships and responsibilities.  We know that the Lord has set us free from the bondage of sin and from religious tradition.  God is no respecter of persons and we are all equal in His sight.  The problem arises when we confuse relationship with responsibility.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are absolutely equal in their relationship, yet they carry out responsibilities which cause them to submit and serve one another which in no way affects their equality.

John 8:28-30  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him.

John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Men and women are equal in their value to God, yet their have responsibilities which demand submission and servitude in their relationships.  The responsibilities are clearly set forth in the Bible, God’s Word.

Masters, servants, and slaves are equal in their value to God, yet they also have responsibilities which demand submission and servitude in their relationships.    Again, these responsibilities are clearly set forth in God’s Word.

The relationship between God, the Father, The Son, and The Spirit is always perfect and pure, without conflict and their responsibilities are fulfilled without contradiction.

This, sadly, cannot be said about men and women or about masters, servants, and slaves.  The human nature, the sin nature, continues to strive for mastery even in the Christian.

The unbeliever may claim, sometimes loudly and angrily, “I am no man’s slave”!

When I was 18 years old, I was hired by an engineering company to work in the print shop and to be a messenger.  I had not been at the company long when I was asked to go to a local Italian restaurant and pick up lunches for the partners and clients as they had an afternoon meeting.  Upon my arriving at the restaurant, I found that a communication problem had occurred and the manger had to contact my supervisor.  He called and said “Your boy is here to collect the order”.  I interrupted him and told him in no uncertain terms that I was not their boy and I did not appreciate his words.

Now, the fact is that I agreed with the company to sell them my time and so as long as I was on their clock, I was their boy.  My ego, my pride had gotten in the way of truth.  I was serving the company.  I had something those spoken of by Paul did not have, I could quit and work for someone else or I could start my own business – but that does not change the fact that I am going to serve someone, even if it is myself. 

I, as kindly as I can, declare unto you may very well be the slave of the person who looks back at you from a mirror with all of his or her faults, failures, pride, ego, lust and whatever has not been put off with the old man and replaced with the things of the new man.  We are in a struggle to be free from ourselves and the only way we can do this is to follow the instructions of God through the Apostle Paul in –

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.

We see the need Paul addressed in these verses because of believer’s failure to give themselves wholly unto the Lord in all things.

Their mindset could be that since the servant is equal in the church, they would be tempted to consider themselves equal in all situations.

Paul dealt with this situation in his letter to the church in Corinth, instructing them to be faithful to the Lord and to their position –

1 Corinthians 7:20-24  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

Considering the plight of slaves, they may rebel against their position of bondage and desire to be free. 

Consider also the difficulty in serving a harsh master , especially after having the opportunity to fellowship in the church with those kind and caring brethren.  It also could be that the servant will see his master as being friendly and caring to others in church, while being harsh and difficult in the home.  The servant might feel he is being treated unfairly and rebel against his master.

We learn here that –

         a).  Freedom in Christ should not promote rebellion

1 Timothy 6:1  Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

         b).   Equality in Christ should not promote disrespect 

1 Timothy 6:2  And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

The servant is to not expect special consideration from the master just because they are on equal standing as brethren in the service of the Lord.

         c).   Refer to 1 Peter 2:17-18

1 Peter 2:17-18  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

The word translated ‘Servants’ is not the general word used for a servant, but this word ‘Οἰκέτης’, includes members of a household. Peter is restricting the use here to servants, but as believers, refers to them as to belonging in a more familiar sense than just a paid employee or a slave. 

He is speaking here to both the relationship as believers and the responsiblities as servants.  The Lord, in giving this command through the Apostle Peter, will give the grace to carry it out for His honour and glory.

Ephesians 6:5-8  Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Titus 2:9-10  Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

The master’s attitude as required by the Lord is seen in the simple wording by Paul –

Colossians 4:1  Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Servants and masters, both answerable to God for their behaviour.  Do we have the testimony that God will have us to have for  His honour and glory?

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Preaching outline 1 Timothy chapter 5 Message 28

1 Timothy chapter 5

We have learned of the pastor’s duties in his ministry to the church, beginning with the –  

        1).  Ministry to members  1 Timothy 5:1,2

and last week the –

        2).  Ministry to widows.  1 Timothy 5:3-16

Today we continue to learn of the pastor and church’s responsibility in –

        3). Ministry to pastors.              1 Timothy 5:17-22

Paul instructs Pastor Timothy and by him, the church, on the financial responsibility of the church to the pastor.  It is very important for the pastor and the church to understand God’s will in this matter.  Paul wrote in verses 17 and 18 of –

          a).  The pastor’s remuneration. (Simply put, the pastor’s salary)

1 Timothy 5:17-18  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward (hire, reward, wages)

            (1).  The reward is financial – money.

 This is dealing with monetary remuneration.   The word translated ‘honour’ here is used of money as noted in the following Scriptures:

Matthew 27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

Acts 4:34  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

Acts 7:16  And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

1 Corinthians 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

            (2).  The reward is from the membership.

Galations 6:6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

The word communicate ‘means to have and having, to give’.

1 Corinthians 9:7-10, 14  Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?  Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope……..Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

     The pastor has the responsibility to teach the church the Will of God through the Word of God that they have to care for the needs of the pastor monetarily.  At times, the pastor finds this a difficult task since it relates directly to him, but he must obey God and teach the church.

            (3).  The reward is enough to care for his family and ministry.

The church must realize the financial needs of the pastor are going to be above the average income of the members.  The pastor is not only caring for his family, he is caring for the church and so needs enough to carry out his work effectively. 

Next, Paul instructs about –

          b).  The pastor’s reputation.

1 Timothy 5:19-22  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

      Refer to –

Proverbs 2:10-11  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

We learn that spiritual preparation is necessary to carry out that which honours the Lord in –

            (1).  Judgment             

1 Timothy 5:19-20  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

             (2).  Impartiality

1 Timothy 5:21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

            (3).  Patience                        

1 Timothy 5:22  Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

Paul is not speaking of an angry assault upon a man, but he is instructing pastors to be patient and careful in the ordination of men into the ministry. The need of men to help in the work does not overrule the qualifications of the man for the work. 

These qualifications for the offices in the church, that of the pastor and of the deacon, have been carefully presented in chapter three of this letter.

The danger of ignoring these qualifications have been seen in churches throughout the ages through ungodly men destroying the faith of multitudes.  “…keep thyself pure.”  Do not recommend any that you do not have knowledge of their faith, trust, and devotion to the Lord.

Give men time to serve the Lord and demonstrate their willingness to obey Him in all things.  Time will tell and patience is needed.


1 Timothy 5:24-25  Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

Sometimes it is obvious from the beginning – have nothing to do with them.  “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment…”

Sometimes they begin well but it is a show on their part.  The truth of their sinfulness will surface at a later time.  Do not ignore it, they are to be confronted.  “and some men they follow after…”

Hopefully most of the time, the man will show himself faithful in the beginning and continue on to the end.  “Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.”

This is our prayer, for lifelong faithfulness and to finally hear the words from the Lord –

“Well done, good and faithful servant…..”

And now we look back at verse 23, which many people wonder why Paul put it in this place.  He is giving Timothy in particular and pastors in general a word of –

            (4).  Encouragement             

1 Timothy 5:23  Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

The ministry of the Word of God takes a toll physically and spiritually.  The pastor must care for himself, making sure that he is fit in each realm in order to carry out the will of God for his life and for God’s glory.

Notice the situation of Epaphroditus –

Philippians 2:25-28  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

When Epaphroditus was ministering, he became ill, almost to the point of dying.  Look at the distress his illness caused –

  • His friends in Philippi were worried for him.
  • He was worried about his friends being worried for him.
  • Paul was worried about him being sick and about the people in Philippi being worried.

It is important for the pastor to take care of his spiritual and his physical wellbeing. Paul included this thought at this place at it is an important part of the life of the minister of God.

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy chapter 5 Message 27

1 Timothy chapter 5:3-16   Message 27

Last week we began in chapter 5 learning of the pastor’s responsibilities in ministering to the members of the church.  We were introduced to the –

    5.       Counsel to the Church                 1 Timothy 5:1 – 6:2  

   Paul provided Timothy with a practical guide to the pastor’s relationship with the church.  We learned last week that he is to –

       a.  Pastoral Ministry   To Regard them as family         

         1).  Ministry to the members

1 Timothy 5:1-2  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

This morning we look at the instructions in the ministry to other specific groups in the church, of which we will begin with the –

        2). Ministry to widows.             1 Timothy 5:3-16

          a).  The commands concerning widows in the Old Testament –

It is very important for each of us to remember that the care of those who are considered weak, those members of society termed “less fortunate”, those who are in a difficult position through no fault of their own, is very important to God.

            (1).  Commandments –

Deuteronomy 10:17-19  For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

The command given helps us to understand that if we are the people of God, His children, then we are not what we used to be.  The Lord speaks to this point through the Apostle Paul in the New Testament –

Romans 6:17-18  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

God set forth their care, which included their provision –

Deuteronomy 14:28-29  At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

And the protection of property –

Proverbs 15:25  The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

Proverbs 22:28   Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

God has warned that He will judge any mistreatment of these that are in need of help –

            (2).  Condemnations –

Malachi 3:1-6  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

We see, on the other hand, the –

            (3).  Commendations –

Notice the testimony given by Job, which predates the giving of the Law.

Job 29:7-17  When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

            (4).  Consolation –

Isaiah 1:16-18 (KJV) Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 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 yet, God’s people did not turn to Him in repentance and faith.  They continued to rebel and as recorded in the New Testamennt, the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked them for the hardness of the hearts –

Matthew 23:14  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

God is the helper of those in need of help.  We must remember that God uses His people to provide the help needed and we are to be open hearted and open handed at His direction.  God does not leave us to be directed by emotion, but has given instruction for the care of those in need –

James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

            2).  The condition for care in the New Testament.

             (1).    The widow that is destitute 

               (a).  She has no means of support.

1 Timothy 5:5  Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

               (b).  She relies completely on God

               (c).  She may be included in a church supported group         

1 Timothy 5:9-10  Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

            (2).     The widow that has family.

1 Timothy 5:4  But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

1 Timothy 5:8  But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

1 Timothy 5:16  If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

              (a).   She has living children or extended family.

              (b).   The family is to look after her needs.

1 Timothy 5:8  But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.


1 Timothy 5:16  If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

              (3).   The widow that is living the life of pleasure.  

               (a).  They are to be instructed.

1 Timothy 5:6-7  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

               (b).  They are not to be given full-time support from the church.     

1 Timothy 5:11-13  But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

             (4).    The widow who is young and can remarry.      

1 Timothy 5:14  I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Notice how provision should be available for those in need.  Also notice that those who are able to care for themselves should be directed to do so.  Provision should not be given to them as it will take from the supplies needed to help those in genuine need.

The Lord set forth the guiding principle to this in –

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

  •  The daily work provides the needs of the family.
  •  The daily work prevents idleness which leads to trouble.

Conclusion – We have seen that God cares for those in need.  We must care for those things that God cares for.  We must have the mind and heart of God –

The Lord commanded us in –

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.

Do people see that you love God and that you care for the things He cares for and follow the instructions that He has given?

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Preaching outline 1 Timothy chapter 5 Message 26

    5.       Counsel to the Church        1 Timothy 5:1 – 6:16

   Paul provided Timothy with a practical guide to the pastor’s relationship with the church.  He is to –

       a.   Ministry to members – Regard as family                  1 Timothy 5:1-2

We should begin with this statement:  He does not own them –

1 Peter 5:2-4  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.

And the members are not to be used to inflate the pastor’s ego as was mentioned by John in –

3 John 9-10  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

Another use of this word “…being lords over…” is found in –

Acts 19:16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Which gives us a picture of the meaning, having an aggressive attitude.

The pastor is to love, protect, and feed the sheep.  As part of this responsibility, he is to –

        1).  Respect to the elderly

          a).  The attitude of the pastor toward the elderly in the church.

Proverbs 19:20-21  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Know those elderly in the church that have good testimonies and learn from their experience.  It is good to seek guidance from those that have already walked the path.

    1 Timothy 5:1-2  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

In order to have the correct understanding of what Paul is teaching here, we need to find the meaning of some of the words.

Rebuke  What we know commonly today as verbal abuse, to hit or beat someone with words.

Note Paul’s positional terms for the elder men and women as being “…a father…”  “and as mothers…”.  God has commanded that fathers and mothers be treated with respect.

Exodus 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

This is the first of the six commandments to His people dealing with the relationships with one another.

This relationship is important.  It is a human relationship that should be typical of our spiritual relationship with God –

Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

To dishonour our natural father is to dishonour God, our heavenly Father.  Our attitude toward our fathers should be that they are worthy of respect and we are pleased to honour, to think much of, them.  Notice the use of the same word translated differently in the following Scripture when Moses warned Israel that they should respect and obey God –

Deuteronomy 28:58  If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;

Are our fathers ‘glorious’ in our eyes?  They should be and it is with this same attitude that the elderly men and women in the church should be treated – respect!

            b).  The attitude of the elderly in the church toward the pastor.

The elderly men and women are to be respected as fathers and mothers, but they need to remember that they do not have the authority in the church as fathers and mothers have in their home.

They are to respect the authority of the pastor –

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

Paul gave instructions as to how the pastor should –

        2).  Relate to the younger

              The care to all is to be shown as to family.  “The younger men as brethren…” and the younger women “…as sisters in all purity…”.

The pastor is to lead the people, and he is to be friendly and caring to those of his own age, not lording it over them because of his authority, but being careful to maintain that authority in the office that God has called him to.  He cannot be reckless with the young men or be overly familiar with the young women.

             a).  The pastor must encourage the young men to desire to have the wisdom of God and to learn from the elderly men.  They must learn to develop the plan and purpose for their lives to align with the plan and purpose that God has for them.

      John 6:28-29  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

 Colossians 3:1-2  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

            b).  The pastor should remember and he should remind the young men of the danger of self-serving decisions.  The Old Testament gives us lessons to learn from in this matter –

1 Kings 12:6-14  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him; And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

With this decision, the young king split the country, a division that will only be healed with the Lord returns and sets us His Kingdom!

Many churches have been split because the pastor and the young men did not follow the will of God in caring for His People.

            b).  The pastor must regard the young women with the same loving care that he would have for his sister.  His thoughts must be holy and innocent.  He must treat them with respect and encourage them to fear and honour God in all holiness in their lives.  Paul recommended Titus to ask the elder women to instruct the younger women and help prepare them for the life that honours God –

Titus 2:4-5  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The world is constantly teaching women that they cannot be ‘fulfilled’ unless they have a career other than being a wife, mother, and a keeper of the home.  They refuse to acknowledge that being a wife, mother, and keeper of the home is a career, and one of the most difficult careers to master.

The world should never replace the Word in teaching women what they should be.  When a women is saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and following His direction, she will be fulfilled by whatever the Lord directs her to do!

New titles are always being introduced in order to overcome what the world decided are stereotypes.  Have you heard the title “Stay at home mom”.  Does she really stay at home?  Is she only a mom?  The description given in the Bible is that of a worker at home.  Let’s read Proverbs 31 to find a description of this work –

Proverbs 31:10-31  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

The world has set forth a false impression of the dignity of the “home maker” and developed the thought that value is only found outside of the home.  This thinking is revealed by God’s Word to be a lie! 

The pastor is to obey the command of the Lord for His churches –

Matthew 28:19-20  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.

          3).  Remind all of God’s purpose –

1 Timothy 5:1-2  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Intreat   –  We are led to the use the word ‘intreat’ for the admonition which is addressed to believers and is designed to lead them to conduct worthy of the Gospel.

Jude 3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort (Intreat) you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Timothy was commanded to ‘intreat’ (Exhort) the elderly men and women, the younger men and women to prepare to live a life that will bring glory to Him and to be prepared to stand before Him at the judgment.

We are all in this together! Are we prepared to meet the Lord?  How would we feel if we were to stand before Him today?  Are we ready?  Are you ready?

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Preaching outline on 1 Timothy chapter 4 Message 25

1 Timothy 4          Message 25

Review –  We have studied Paul’s instructions about –

    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

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

We learned of –

      a.  Our Promise – the Word of God,  to –

        1).  Resolve to teach the truth

        2).  Reject the lies

        3).  Rejoice in the promises of God – knowing that –

           a).  The Lord is our satisfaction

       b).  The Lord is our Surety

       c).   The Lord is our Saviour.

We learned of –

      b.  Our Person, who we are?

        1).  The Plan

Be more than what others think you are.  Paul instructed Timothy to raise their expectations by being mature in the Lord.  He, even though young, could be an example to them all, young and old, not through acting, but by being mature –

        a).  “…in word

        b).  “…in conversation…”:  In lifestyle both public and private.

Timothy was to be open and approachable to the people.  This pattern would be –

        2).  Produced through charity, spirit, faith, and purity

We have learned of our promise and of our purpose, what we are to be.  Today we will look at the instructions for –

    c.  Our Practice, what we do? 

Paul commanded four actions in verses 13-16 that will, if we will heed them, protect us and keep us from stumbling in our walk and as Paul stated in chapter 3 –

“…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.”

        1).  Attend to the Word of God

I am using the word ‘Attend’ in the same context as used in verse 13 “…give attendance…”  which translates to “keep on putting your mind on it”.

1 Timothy 4:13  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

          a).  Preparation of the hearers – “…reading…”

          b).  Proclamation to the hearers – “…exhortation…”  give understanding of the Scriptures, which naturally would lead to the application to lives, or the –

          c).  Practice of the hearers – what they are to do now with what they know.

We find the example given in both testaments of Scripture –

Nehemiah 8:6-8  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Luke 4:16-21  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

The Lord commanded us to follow this pattern –

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.

Following this plan of the Lord, we are prepared by the reading, exhortation, and doctrine, we are to –

        2).  Attend to ministering to others –

1 Timothy 4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

The Lord is telling us through the Apostle Paul that we are to “neglect not…” that which God has set before us to do.  The direct translation helps us understand the commanding tone used in giving this instruction – we are to ‘not – not to care’.  When we find ourselves spending the hours of our days ‘not caring’ about God’s purpose for our lives, we are to stop that which is distracting us and turn back to our first priority!

You might respond “I am not a pastor, a preacher, an evangelist”.  I have a life to focus on!   You do have a life and it was purchased with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ”!  God has given every one of His children a responsibility, a service to perform unto Him

1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

We have been given the work of helping one another to know more about God each day and must heed the words of Paul –

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.

And also as Solomon simply put it –

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might

We are to live an active life being a testimony for the Lord in everything that we do!

As we attend to ministering to others, we are to –

        3).  Attend to the wisdom of God, seeking understanding and grow from faith to faith. –

1 Timothy 4:15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

        4).  Apply the study, service, and development of understanding and wisdom to your life each day because this is the only protection that we have from stumbling and destroying our testimony!

1 Timothy 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Important note: Paul is not writing about salvation when he tells Timothy that “…thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.”  He is warning of stumbling, falling down as a believer and destroying their testimony before men.  A believer is safe in Christ –

“…if any many be in Christ, he is a new creature…” and cannot fall ‘out of Christ’!  The believer’s security in salvation is confirmed many times by the Lord in His Word.  Paul is telling us how to “behave” ourselves

Conclusion –  The ultimate goal:

In this present time –

Spiritually

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

Romans 12:2  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.

Physically

If we are declared righteous by the Lord and are new creatures in Him, we cannot be righteous on the inside and wear rebellion on the outside.  This is just as bad as the Pharisees who were rebellious on the inside and wore righteousness on the outside.  The Lord condemned them for their hypocrisy.  We, the children of God, must have integrity – be the same throughout –

Ephesians 4:22-24   That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

And in the Future –

1 Corinthians 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Are you looking for that day when you will be with the Lord?  Are you sure that when you die, you will be with Him?

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Preaching Outline on 1 Timothy chapter 4 Message 24

1 Timothy 4          Message 24

    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

And last week we were instructed by Paul’s letter on –

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

We learned of –

      a.  Our Promise – the Word of God –

        1).  Resolve to teach the truth

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

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

Knowing the truth enables us to –

        2).  Reject the lies

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

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

Knowing the truth, we –

        3).  Rejoice in the promises of God –

          a).  The Lord is our satisfaction

          b).  The Lord is our Surety

          c).   The Lord is our Saviour.

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

Today we are going to learn about –

Our person and our practice.  Who do you imagine yourself to be?  In America during the 1700’s, there was a young man, still in his teen years, by the name of George Washington, who imagined himself as an adult to be a man that was sought after for his leadership, respected for his courage, appreciated for his concern for others, commended for his manners, always known as a gentleman.  He found an old character study, a list of attributes and he wrote them out, modifying them for his own use.

Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.

Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask’d also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter

Shew not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.

Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others…

This young man considered very carefully what place he wanted to have in life and determined what was necessary for him to be that person.

Paul wrote Timothy and instructed him in how to be the man God would have him be.  We have these instructions and we should imagine who we should be for the glory of God as John wrote to all of us in –

1 John 3:2-3  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

How can we be this person?  By reading the following instructions and applying them to our lives.

We look first at –

      b.  Our Person, who we are?

1 Timothy 4:12   Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers,

        1).  The Plan

Be more than what others think you are.  They looked at Timothy as a youth and supposed he would act as youth often do.  Paul instructed Timothy to raise their expectations by being mature in the Lord.  He, even though young, could be an example to them all, young and old, not through acting, but by being mature –

        a).  “…in word…”: this includes preaching and teaching, but also sometimes more importantly in friendly conversation with others showing care and kindness.

The Lord always had time for people and He met them at their point of need, and sought to help them, guiding them in truth with love.  He was so much more than the preachers of His time, the Pharisees and Sadducees, who sought a standing above the people –

Luke 18:11-12  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

He is truly the Good Shepherd –

John 10:14  I am the good shepherd…..

When Paul wrote to Timothy he meant for Timothy to be a good shepherd leading and feeding the sheep.  Being mature and being an example “in word” meant more than standing in front of the people, but being among them, presenting the word of God in love and compassion, being able to lead and comfort at all times with words and also –

          b).  “…in conversation…”:  In lifestyle both public and private.

“…and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”

Timothy was to be open and approachable to the people.  This pattern would be –

        2).  Produced through charity, spirit, faith, purity

          a).  Charity

Timothy understood what Paul was telling him.  He was with Paul in the ministry to Corinth and heard him teach on this subject, as he wrote in his first letter to them –

1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth….

This definition of charity is for all people at all times.  We are to live out charity in our lives as a pattern to others.

Timothy was to be an example to all in –

            b). Spirit

Romans 1:9   For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Not only and outward act, but truly from the depths of his being, as he besought others to do as recorded in –

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.

That ye may prove to yourself and to others “…what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

We must know it and this witness is to be known by those we come in contact with.

They were know of his love, be blessed by his spirit and encouraged by his –

            c).  Faith

Hebrews 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We are saved by faith, live by faith, and expect to see the Lord Jesus Christ face to face by faith.  Having this great expectation, that we might be face to face with Jesus at any moment –

Remember death and sure and most of the time, sudden, but we have this promise from God –

2 Corinthians 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

We should want to keep ourselves in –

            d).  purity

Be a testimony to be pure and love others with no other motive than for their good

1 Peter 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

As you consider these instructions, will you imagine who the Lord wants you to be.  We all should be growing in the Lord, knowing His Word, teaching others by word and by life.  Our lives should reflect the Lord through charity, spirit, faith, and purity

Ephesians 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

We should each want to be this person!

Growing in the Lord begins with salvation.  Are you saved?

Are you obedient – have you been baptized?

Are you serving – you learn as you serve!

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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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