Tag Archives: Church

If You Aren’t Fishing, Then You Aren’t Following

How many of you have ever gone fishing? As Christians, Jesus calls us to be fishers of men. As I read the Bible, especially the Book of Acts, it is clear to me that God desires His Church would grow. His … Continue reading

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Christ and the Churches: Part 5 (Revelation 3:14-22)

Today, we are looking at Christ’s seventh and final message to the churches. This message from our Lord is certainly relevant to the church today! Laodicea, the Lukewarm Church (Rev. 3:14–22) Jesus is the truth and speaks the truth. He is “the … Continue reading

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Christ and the Churches: Part 4 (Revelation 3:7-13)

We are still listening to what the Holy Spirit has to say to the churches. This message from Christ certainly applies to the church today! Philadelphia, the Faithful Church (Rev. 3:7–13) As most people know, Philadelphia means “love of the … Continue reading

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Christ and the Churches: Part 3 (Revelation 3:1-6)

Churches are people and human nature has not changed. As we continue our study, we must not look on these letters as ancient relics. On the contrary, they are mirrors in which we see ourselves! Sardis, the Feeble Church (Rev. … Continue reading

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Christ and the Churches: Part 2 (Revelation 2:12-29)

We are still listening to what Christ has to say to the churches because these messages belong to our day as well as to the first century. III. Pergamos, the Compromising Church (Rev. 2:12–17) 1. Approval (v. 13) Like their … Continue reading

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Christ and the Churches: Part 1 (Revelation 2:1-11)

If you have ever moved to a new community and had to select a new church home, you know how difficult it is to examine and evaluate a church and its ministry. Imposing buildings may house dying or dead congregations, … Continue reading

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A Very Special Book of Prophecy (Revelation)

Today, we are starting a new series in the Book of Revelation. Over the centuries, prophecies have come and gone; yet the Book of Revelation is still with us today. I can recall reading it as a child and wondering … Continue reading

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At War with Ourselves and Each Other (James 4)

War is a fact of life, in spite of treaties, world peace organizations, and the threat of atomic bombs. Not only are there wars between nations, but there are wars of one kind or another on almost every level of life—even … Continue reading

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Paul’s Charge to Timothy: Part 2 (1 Timothy 6:11-19)

Today, we will be looking at the final section of chapter 6, where the Apostle Paul continues his instructions to Timothy on ministering to the various kinds of believers in the church (if you missed Part 1, I encourage you … Continue reading

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Paul’s Charge to Timothy: Part 1 (1 Timothy 6:1-10)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! This chapter continues Paul’s instructions to Timothy on ministering to the various kinds of believers in the church and also how to keep his own life in the will of God. Christian … Continue reading

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How to Treat Officers in the Church (1 Timothy 5:17-25)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at the final portion of chapter 5, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions about how to treat officers in the church. Church Officers (1 Tim. 5:17–25) The … Continue reading

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Caring for Widows in the Church (1 Timothy 5:1-16)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at chapter 5, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions about how to treat various groups of people within the church. The first problem the early church faced … Continue reading

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How To Be a Man of God: Part 3 (1 Timothy 4)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at the final section of chapter 4, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions for church leaders (if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, I encourage you … Continue reading

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How To Be a Man of God: Part 1 (1 Timothy 4)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 4, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions for church leaders. If you were to write a job description for your pastor, what would it contain? … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Church Leaders: Part 2 (1 Timothy 3)

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul described the qualifications of the pastor, deacon, and local church itself. In Part 1, we saw the qualifications of a pastor. Today, we will look at a deacon and local church. The Deacon (1 Tim. 3:8–13) … Continue reading

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Qualifications of Church Leaders: Part 1 (1 Timothy 3)

Everything rises or falls with leadership, whether it be a family or a local church. The Holy Spirit imparts gifts to believers for ministry in the church, and among those gifts are “pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11). As we noted … Continue reading

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Spiritual Responsibilities of Men and Women: Part 2 (1 Timothy 2)

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul exhorts the men and women in the church and reminds them of their spiritual responsibilities. In Part 1, we saw a spiritual responsibility of men in the church: praying. Today, we will look at a … Continue reading

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Spiritual Responsibilities of Men and Women: Part 1 (1 Timothy 2)

Welcome back to our study of 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 2, where Paul gives instructions for public worship, emphasizing the importance of prayer and order in church meetings. “Everything should be done in a fitting … Continue reading

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Essential Responsibilities of Pastor and Church: Part 2 (1 Timothy 1)

In 1 Timothy 1, Paul explained the three responsibilities of the pastor and people in a local church. In Part 1, we saw the first responsibility: teach sound doctrine. Today, we will look at the next two responsibilities. Proclaim the Gospel … Continue reading

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Essential Responsibilities of Pastor and Church: Part 1 (1 Timothy 1)

“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” That advertisement appeared in a London newspaper and thousands of men responded! It was … Continue reading

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The Great Example: Part 1 (Philippians 2:1–11)

People can rob us of our joy. Paul was facing his problems with people at Rome (Phil. 1:15–18) as well as with people in Philippi, and it was the latter who concerned him the most. When Epaphroditus brought a generous … Continue reading

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Battle Stations! (Philippians 1:27–30)

The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. We are children in the family, enjoying the fellowship of the Gospel (Phil. 1:1–11), and we are servants sharing in the advance of the Gospel (Phil. 1:12–26); but we … Continue reading

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True Christian Fellowship: Part 1 (Philippians 1:1–11)

“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?” “What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!” “The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!” That word “fellowship” seems to mean many things to many different people. … Continue reading

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Cooperation: Should We All Get Along? (Part 2)

Part 1 is here. Now, I will wrap up by pointing out three ways where all true Christians can and should get along. We are united in truth. The fellowship of the saints is not based on some type of … Continue reading

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Cooperation: Should We All Get Along? (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered, “How should Christians work together to accomplish the work of the Kingdom of God? Why do there have to be so many things which divide us? Why can’t we all just get along?” For the purpose … Continue reading

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How To Recognize a False Teacher

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves (Matthew 7:15). Jesus warned us that “false christs and false prophets” would come and would attempt to deceive even God’s elect (Mt. … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Method of Making Disciples

“When Jesus had finished saying these things the crowds were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law” (Mt. 7:28-29). The crowds of people following Jesus were amazed … Continue reading

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Go and Make Disciples

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on … Continue reading

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Love or Death (1 John 3:11–24)

The Apostle John’s first letter has been compared to a spiral staircase because he keeps returning to the same three topics: love, obedience, and truth. Each time we return to a topic, we look at it from a different point … Continue reading

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Basic Training for Disciples (Luke 17:1-10)

Many people here have served in the military.  According to the U.S. Army recruiting Web site, “Basic Training lasts only nine weeks, but you’ll remember those nine weeks for the rest of your life.  You’ll spend your time learning what … Continue reading

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