Matt and Alan get back into the Gospel Community series as they explore the theme of the household of God in 1 Timothy.
The Family of God is a family of:
What must a pastor do, in addition to affirming the truth? Titus 3:9–11 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that in addition to affirming the truth, a pastor must avoid uses of the Bible that are not in keeping with the Bible.
Hebrews 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Eph. 4:11-16 – Church Membership (1) – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ has constructed His Church to assemble together in local groups with ordained Elders.
Need: Church government is hardly understood in the Church today, and many so-called churches no longer have membership, and many who claim to be Christians refuse to join as members either due to bad experiences in previous churches, conviction that membership is unbelief, or simple un-submissiveness. The issue is very serious and the Church is on the brink of losing her form and identity due to disobedience.
Theme: God commands His people to submit to Elders who shepherd their souls, and holds those ruling Elders accountable for how well they shepherd His sheep.
The Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption in Christ.
God initiates redemption, bringing us to repentance and faith (justification) and then growing us in faith and good works (sanctification) until He returns (glorification).
Baptism initiates one into the visible church, but when joining a different local/particular church, submission to the Eldership of the church must be officially formalized.
There are very few righteous grounds for members leaving their particular/local church, or for Elders to leave the flock God has called them to shepherd.
In this episode of "Faith & Practice," Dr. Pipa and Pastor Groff handle a diverse array of questions pertaining to church government, Christian education, biblical ethics, and Old Testament theology.
How should members respond to a session that is small and overworked, but may appear to be rushing to elect new elders?
Why do we make distinctions in the office of Elder, and how should we understand the various categories (e.g., Pastor, Teacher/Doctor, etc.) today?
How do you know if your church has a true plurality (and parity) of elders?
How should the church organize and conduct Sunday School?
What biblical principles apply to how to steward our physical health?
How should we view magic in literature and entertainment?
When the Israelites left Egypt, how did they all have tents already at their disposal?
While wandering in the desert for 40 years, what was the nature of the work that the Israelites did?
1 Timothy 3:1-13
Main Point: Take your role as a member of Christ's church seriously by nominating men who meet the biblical qualifications for the offices of elder and deacon. The church's health is at stake!