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. This occurs in your spiritual life. Timothy needs to be pure. Good and helpful elders are those who provide effective spiritual leadership. They may perform their duties correctly and conscientiously, yet they never avoid a thousand criticisms.”[2]  On the other hand, there can be a real temptation to not address an issue at all or not to do so publicly and be guilty of partiality. Fruit is going to be apparent; it is only a matter of time. This is one of the reasons why I believe it is biblical for every person who regularly receives spiritual blessing from this church to be a part of the financial provision for this ministry. 5:9 a. Remember that Paul is talking about how to address erring elders. So it is only fair. Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? We want to have some process to help each grow and change. 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. On the one hand, not everything that is said about an elder should be believed. The short-term and immediate solution was to teach people the truth (see 1Timothy 1:6). Tee up: Illustration of a boy who expected his dog to birth a puppy. This is the second death, the lake of fire. Without being crass or rude, he simply and plainly says that instruction in the Word of God should be important enough that the people in the church would make personal financial sacrifices to provide for this spiritual instruction. Matthew 18:15-20 establishes the important process of dealing with accusations, and part of that process is establishing the truthfulness of what is happening by “the evidence of two or three witnesses.”    Therefore, even suspicious and potentially heretical elders are still under the authority and protection of the Scriptural process. When we come to a time a worship like this, a time at the Lord's Table, a time when the music has sensitized our hearts to think about the Lord, it isn't just that emotion, it isn't just that thought, that praise, that worship that the Lord wants; he wants us. . We want to remember what he's done on our behalf and Lord we pray too that you'll cleanse our hearts. 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. And the challenge is the fact that church health is directly connected to leadership. Search. Doctor Luke records the following for us in his gospel. Some years ago in one of our staff meetings one of the staff wanted to give us a demonstration and so he had a whole lot of pieces of paper cut up in odd shapes and the idea was that we were to be able to get all of the pieces and put together a whole from the various pieces and the key to doing it was to give away your pieces and it was all prearranged except with a couple of staff people who came in and all they did was grab pieces in order to try to win and they couldn't accomplish anything. And, we are encouraging everyone in the church to find ways to take care of themselves as well as their families, while we all learn how to practice Family Time. 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel (1 Cor. We don't beg for more, and so whenever I mention the idea of giving to anyone it isn't so that we can have more money to do what we want, it's so that you can understand the stewardship that God is asking of you that you might enter into his blessing. 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. 1:19). Second, there is a priority issue. Chapter five has been a collection of various instructions regarding the care of particular people. And so my desire for you is that you worship from the heart and that you worship in the fellowship faithfully. I remember so visibly in my mind the picture drawn in a book I read years ago on fellowship in which a man had not been coming to church, he hadn't been attending a class, they just didn't have the time to always be faithful and the pastor went to call on them and they were sitting behind a hot fire keeping warm in the winter and talking about the need for the man to be in church, to be fellowshipping with God's people, to be as Hebrews 10 says, "Stimulating one another to love and good works," that's why we don't forsake our assembling. “Overseer” seemed to emphasize the role of spiritual leadership and oversight. I believe that this church ought to be filled every week by all of God's people who come with a hunger for his people, his presence, and his word. All elders are to lead the church and spiritually influence people, and the means by which they do this is their lives. I really believe we need to be about the business of evangelism. 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. Paul wanted this church to understand and appreciate the value of spiritual leadership. Sometimes I don't do what I know I ought to do. She will be missed! Jesus said that you will know a tree by its fruit (Matt. He must remove bad leaders, appoint new ones, appoint people into the ministry - but not too quickly, work hard, take care of himself, use some wine - but not get drunk. One of the leaders of the church, according to the Bible, is the pastor. She said, "Last week I started with the four year olds." Elders are fallible; they make mistakes, and the church needs to know how to correct sinful, erring elders. And Paul warns Timothy about doing it hastily or too quickly. The elders were continually sinning, and it needed to be stopped. Not that it is a message that will be hard on you but that it will be one hard for me to preach. Michael Walther, Pastor Funeral Sermon For Ruth Simon, January 11, 2001. Another lady came through the first time visitor's line and she wasn't a first time visitor, they've been coming to the church. It is the Scripture that makes us mature, competent, and equipped for every good work (2 Tim. And I guess as I think about worship and you'll remember the series I did some time ago, there were two aspects of worship that are important: first and foremost is worship from the heart. Take Care of Mother is a sermon about our responsibility in caring for our mothers. One boat began falling behind. And on one occasion the Apostle Paul willing received financial support and indicated that God was well-pleased with such a gift. A puppy came just as he had planned. The fruit of the Spirit now flows out of his life because the source –the heart – has been eternally changed. The gospel transforms us in obvious ways. Everyone wants to be part of a caring church. GOD, care of. We studied Paul’s general instruction in verses 1-2 about treating people like family. Second, we learn that care needs to be given to how confirmed sin issues are handled in the body regarding elders. The first thing for which I care is that there be purity in your life, purity in your life. Wash our feet as you've already cleansed us when we were redeemed, wash our feet and use this time at your table to prepare our hearts. It is a rare and refreshing combination, and it makes for long-term pastorates, which is good for you and for our pastors. There is another sense of the word “honor,” and I think it explains why Paul says “double honor” here. We will dive into the dynamics of how the church should treat pastors/elders in a variety of situations. They should be protected. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. Sins in the study of the word and the neglect of it, in prayer irreverently offered and often coldly withheld. Finally, these texts, when handled with respect and humility, create a greater bond within the family of God. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. Paul may have chosen this term because of its close connection with honor, as we will see in moment. I’m going to take them in reverse order. These texts test whether or not preaching is about the preacher’s comfort or about the truth of the Word. Similarly, it is unfair – even oppressive – to expect a worker to work without receiving appropriate wages. The prevailing attitude seems to be this: "He, or they, had to take care of themselves". Church History; Our Pastor; Our Clergy; Our Staff; What We Believe; Sermons; Resources. 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. Next time we have a baptism, just covenant with the Lord you're going to bring an unsaved friend. I really believe you do. He starts by advising caution:  “19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses” (1 Tim. And somewhere down the path you say, "That's enough, I'm going to change the habit pattern. Kelmscott Baptist Church. Humor, Church. The gospel is so transformative that over time the fruit will be obvious. Doth God take care for oxen? Paul write in Galatians that “if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” … Hearing, understanding, and obeying the Word of God is everything for the believer and the church of Jesus Christ. Sins of hoarding our substance, squandering our substance. And when a person receives Christ, a new power takes control. Sleepwalking in Church “I hope you didn’t take it personally, Preacher,” an embarrassed woman said after a church service... Church, Humor. Paul nearly gives us a proverb here:  “The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. Clovis Chappell, a minister from a century back, used to tell the story of twopaddleboats. My guess is that you, like me, have seen church leadership at its best and church leadership at its worst. Timothy must be exceptionally wise. However, caring churches are made up of caring individuals. All services and meetings at the church are cancelled until further notice. It is one of the most important things that elders do. Ephesians 4:1-16. Dealing with soul-related issues is often complicated, messy, emotional, and personal. . However, in calling Timothy to be pure, he does not want Timothy to be guilty of the extreme asceticism of the false teachers. It is unfair – even stingy – to muzzle an ox while it is treading grain out of a concern that it might eat a bit of the product. As they traveled side by side, sailors from one vessel made a few remarksabout the snail's pace of the other. The issue is not just dealing with bad leadership but also retaining good leadership. Paul seems to be recognizing here that due to the prominence of the role of elders and the nature of their spiritual leadership role, they may be accused of things that are not true. 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. A puppy came just as he had planned. Prioritize date nights, Take up a shared hobby, attend marriage conferences. The awkwardness of this is obvious:  I’m pastor telling you how to treat pastors. The moral of this story is somebody has to take the initiative—even in the church. Our text deals with the issue of how to care for those who care for the church. 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. Lord we do want to see him tonight, the crucified Christ. The crook is very useful to the shepherd in taking care of the sheep. In your relationships – even dating relationships – are you more impressed or less impressed as you spend time with someone? Though short term care might be provided along with others 2. A young couple came to me this morning in the visitor's line and said, "We're brand new and we're so excited about that new young married class next week. 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