A Noble Task (1 Timothy 3:1-13 - Part 1)

In congregations all around Australia today, people are facing a significant problem. It's becoming harder and harder to find men who are willing and able to serve as elders.

The reasons that people give vary, of course. Some potential elders say they're simply too busy. Others don't consider themselves to be up to the task. Still others are worn out from having served for years on the trot and want a break. And then there are those who have had bad experiences and don't wish to repeat them.

Adorning The Gospel (1 Timothy 2:8-15)

(This sermon was extended notes rather than my usual full manuscript...)

We have a tendency in society today to try and separate beliefs from words and actions. People talk about religion as something private that shouldn't be reflected in how politicians vote or how medical professionals make ethical decisions, for example.

As Christians, we need to not succumb to this pressure.

What Pleases The Lord (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

How's your prayer life? Oooh. What a terrible way to start a sermon! You're all feeling guilty now, and I've only asked you one question.

Okay. Maybe there are one or two of you who aren't feeling guilty, but I'll guarantee that most of us are.

How do I know? Well my prayer life is never as good as I wish it was, and I know I'm not unusual.

I get far too busy “doing things” - work, spending time with family, meal times, sleep... prayer simply doesn't happen as often as it should, and I'm pretty sure that most, if not all of you are much the same.

Gratitude For Grace (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

In our last sermon from 1 Timothy, we saw Paul beginning his letter in earnest by reminding Timothy that he needs to stay in Ephesus to promote the doctrine of salvation by faith, not by keeping law.

But we also saw Paul say that the law is not all bad. It is good, if properly used. And a proper use of the law includes convicting people of sin and pointing us to our need for Christ.

Paul is not saying these things from a self righteous point of view.

Fight The Good Fight! (1 Timothy 1:18-20)

Fight the good fight!

What's the most important thing you are doing on this earth?

Perhaps you might think of raising your children. Or the work you do for wages, if that applies to your situation. Maybe you're considering sporting activities or things you'd like to do and or have started to do. Of course it may also be that you do a lot of things you consider to be important, and struggle to rate one above the others.

Faith Not Works (1 Timothy 1:3-11)

Focus on the Family used to have a children's program – and perhaps they still do – called Adventures in Odyssey. It was a series of programs about a group of Christians who lived in the mythical town of Odyssey, Whit, one of the main characters in the stories was an older man who had built a thing called the Imagination Station. The Imagination Station was a machine that somehow let kids see themselves as part of Bible stories, experiencing what it might have been like to have witnessed Jesus' miracles firsthand, or to have heard Paul preaching, for example.

Letter To A Younger Minister (1 Timothy 1:1-2)

One of the lasting memories I have from my time at theological college was the end of my second year of study. In those days, you spent your first year studying the theory of preaching, and practised in class during your second year. It was only at the end of your second year of study that you actually began to preach in the churches.

Marriage And Intimacy

I'm sure we're all aware that society in general views Christians as rather prudish – as if sex is somehow a taboo subject; something to be ashamed of. To some extent, this is understandable. After all, Christians do tend to disagree with quite a few aspects to the way society treats relationships and sex today, and perhaps we do sometimes state our case in overly negative terms.

Marriage And Singleness

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9, 32-35.

One of the lasting memories I have from when I had just become a Christian was the impression that I couldn't really be useful in God's church until I got married. I never really put my finger on what it was, but it seemed that you couldn't expect to serve in any sort of leadership position – not that I cared about that – until you were married. You were just not “there”; not complete, not ready.

The Fall And Marriage

What is your picture of the perfect marriage?

Do you imagine a relationship in which you are made to feel like you are the most important person in the world; in which the other person delights in fulfilling your every whim?

Or perhaps you imagine a life in which your home is spacious and comfortable, never lacking anything, where there are as many children as you care to have, a home in which noone ever falls sick or puts a foot wrong.

Does hubby always help with the dishes? Does the wife have her own career?

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