We hear this caution very clearly in verse 22:  “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, not take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.”  When Paul talks about “laying on of the hands,” he is referring to some kind of ordination or official appointment into ministry. And somewhere down the path you say, "That's enough, I'm going to change the habit pattern. In light of that, it makes even more sense why Paul in 1 Timothy 3 would list a series of character traits as opposed to series of skill-sets. A puppy came just as he had planned. The nexus of this heresy was a group of leaders – likely elders – who were leading the people astray. The awkwardness of this is obvious:  I’m pastor telling you how to treat pastors. It is a strange but lovely thing. He cites the presence of God, Christ Jesus, and the elect angels. And the challenge is the fact that church health is directly connected to leadership. A church should care for its senior pastor financially. Therefore, we should tremble. It is composed of people just like me. Thirdly, another thing which expresses care in the church is the care that I have, and I know the other elders have that you fellowship, not only worship, but fellowship. You need that fellowship. One of the many values of preaching through a book of the Bible is that you run into passages that, as a preacher, you wouldn’t intentionally choose to preach. I think that people need to have the reassurance that no one gets a “free pass” when it comes to accountability. But all of us are called to a ministry and we need to be aggressively abandoning ourselves to that which God has gifted us to do. In 2 Corinthians 7:1 it says, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God," cleansing ourselves, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. One of the reasons we are trying to develop a culture of leadership development at College Park is because we believe that it is important to the health of the church to appoint people to ministry leadership that we know really well. Paul may have chosen this term because of its close connection with honor, as we will see in moment. And on one occasion the Apostle Paul willing received financial support and indicated that God was well-pleased with such a gift. Open your Bible to our study of 1 Timothy, if you will. www.yourchurch.com. In some churches the benefits include medical expenses, a book allowanc… The final way to care for those who care for the church is to be sure that the right people are appointed to positions of ministry leadership. 5:1-4). Church History; Our Pastor; Our Clergy; Our Staff; What We Believe; Sermons; Resources. Timothy has to address the difficult problem of erring elders, but the long-term solution was to avoid this scenario by appointing the right people. 25:4), and the second is a statement by Jesus in Luke 10:7. All rights reserved. Everyone wants to be part of a caring church. I care that you worship God from your heart, that when you're not here, you worship God. He needs great discernment. The great desire that I have for you is that you be pure in your life, that you be holy in your life, that you manifest Godliness in your life, and that means obedience. Those who serve in this way should be considered worthy of honor. But there is another reason. Worse that being in peril of robbers? Jesus set the example by accepting financial support from people during His ministry. We want to have some process to help each grow and change. The fruit of the Spirit now flows out of his life because the source –the heart – has been eternally changed. “Elder” had its roots in the culture of the synagogue where a plurality of leaders cared for the congregation. Follow your pastors direction as long as their leadership is consistent with scripture. What causes the kingdom to grow? Though short term care might be provided along with others 2. It's a powerful thing, and we don't ever have a baptismal service when somebody doesn't get saved there. But this is especially true when she is led by leaders who do what is right and when a congregation understands its responsibility to care for those who care for the church. I want to share just as we prepare for the Lord's Table some things that are on my heart just briefly. I'd never met her, but I thanked God for her and I told her that. For many, the role of the pastor is simply to keep the sheep that are already in the "pen" happy and not lose too many of them. Now what do you think it was that he was carrying in his heart? Over and over again in the New Testament we are called to purity. A loving and appreciative congregation, combined with a church that is well led and well fed, should never be taken for granted. We need that. Beyond a church leadership context, there is something important to think about here because Paul is just taking a biblical principle and applying it to church leadership. When I sometime look into those adult classes and I see the absentees and people who aren't there I wonder if people really understand how important it is that they fellowship and how much there are people there who need them. All elders are to lead the church and spiritually influence people, and the means by which they do this is their lives. And I thought now there's some people looking for a ministry. It is honest. Therefore, a charge needs to be on the evidence of two or three witnesses. Sins that quench the spirit, sins that grieve the spirit, sins against light and knowledge, against conscience, and the restraining holy one, against the law of love. Hearing, understanding, and obeying the Word of God is everything for the believer and the church of Jesus Christ. The terms “elder, “overseer,” and “pastor” are used interchangeably in the New Testament to refer to the same office or leadership position in the church (Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7; 1 Pet. Copyright 2021 College Park Church. It is one of the most important things that elders do. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. Time reveals what people are really like, and that is what is so remarkable about the gospel – it changes you when you could never have changed yourself. During this time, we will use this website and our social media channels to connect. Bad fruit comes out of person’s life because there is no power to do anything else; he can’t help himself. Financial support should include a regular salary and benefits. Verses 24-25 are very helpful in this discernment process in that they advocate for taking time to really know a person because what a person is all about is not evident quickly. I found that a congregation feels more like a family when we deal with hard, awkward, and difficult texts. 3. James 3:1 - My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. That when you come here, you come not to get, but to give to him adoring praise, that when you hear the wonderful music like you heard tonight, you are able to follow in the words and in the beauty of the melodies a train of thought that lifts you into the presence of God. Temple Baptist Church - 11-7-2010 Philippians 4:10-19 Introduction: A. Tonight will be one of the harder messages for God’s man to preach but it is an essential one. If the sheep tries to go in the wrong direction, the shepherd can reach out with the crook and gently pull it back onto the right path. He wants all that we are to be given away in abandonment to Him and I guess that's really the burden that a pastor carries in a church that the people would so live to give themselves away to God. And maybe it could begin at the Lord's Table tonight. Using Psalm 23 we will look at some of the insights into the loving care of God. That is, into long term care by the church b. You need the accountability; you need the exercise of mutual ministry. I’m going to take them in reverse order. He says, “especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”  Now it is not that the other roles within the eldership are less honorable or less worthy of respect. And so I thought just with that as a sort of an introduction I wanted to share the five things that offer me the care of the church. All services and meetings at the church are cancelled until further notice. 2. There's a group of people always here, many of them are unsaved because they've been brought by the people being baptized, it's so important that we support these people, that we encourage them, that we show how excited and thrilled we are that God is adding to his kingdom. This sermon will help a local church to understand the critical importance of purpose and the ultimate consequence it brings: honor of God. Why would Paul make this point? First, there is simply a fairness issue. That's one important reason why 1 Thessalonians 5 says, "Pray without ceasing." 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. I suppose there are many people who come to church and I guess for them it's being there that is enough, and they'll come at their own pace and maybe even in addition to their normal pace when something special happens, and maybe there's a certain token involvement or activity, but there's not that abandonment and consequently we have those birth pangs that travail or soul until Christ be fully formed in an individual. I really believe you do. Worship from the heart, and secondly that you worship in the fellowship. Sunday morning, Sunday night, anytime. A boy expected his dog to birth a puppy. Here whenever it's convenient, not here if it's not convenient. 13 Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? The issue is not just dealing with bad leadership but also retaining good leadership. It doesn’t mean a person is perfect, but good fruit must be evident or there is no real relationship with Jesus (see Galatians 5:16-26). And after all since in Hebrews it says we have to give an account for every one of you, we have a great responsibility. Further, this could have a negative personal effect on Timothy and his ministry. Those moments are valuable because they make clear that the Scriptures are our ultimate authority. I'm New; Next Steps; About Us. I believe that it is critical that if we are to live holy lives that we spend time communing with a Holy God, and it's very basic and yet it seems that we need reminder, there must be a faithful, daily, consistent prayer life, when you draw yourself into the presence of a thrice Holy God sensing in a time of awe and wonder his infinite majesty and purity. Thank God he lived. Nehemiah began moving from the building project itself, to taking the necessary steps to insure that what was built (or created) would be protected and preserved. Christianity is not just an experiential faith; it is intellectual. It's been difficult economically for everybody, God has sustained us in many ways, in fact our giving now I understand is about ten percent over what it was last year, but that's the lowest percent increase we've ever had, but it's still an increase and we believe that when God provides the money we get inside the amount He provides. What was it about the care of the church that in many ways was worse than being beaten with rods? The last line of the hymn At the Cross, "Dear Lord I give myself away, 'tis all that I can do." The church is the body of Christ, and the members of the body must care for each other. Remember that Paul is talking about how to address erring elders. But what is really going on here is simply the application of important, biblical truths to a very specific situation. Sleepwalking in Church “I hope you didn’t take it personally, Preacher,” an embarrassed woman said after a church service... Church, Humor. Therefore, because of the power of the gospel to produce fruit in the lives of people and because of the power of sin to produce bad fruit, the church should take its time with selecting leaders. Somewhere in our understanding of church, we long for this – to know that this truth that leads to life is also truth that works in life. ”  This is probably the impetus for why Paul wrote this section of 1 Timothy. 1, What in the World is a Church? If you can't get excited about that, there's something wrong with you. Fellowship. We mourn the separation from this woman of great faith in Jesus. I think that we get a hint in the latter part of verse 17 and verse 18. 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