As a new church it’s crucial we learn what it means to be a family of God. Paul’s letter to Timothy provides wisdom for a “great church”. While “great” is subjective, God’s Word tells of the greatest event in history, Jesus the messiah enters human history to redeem people into the family of God. As members of this family we respond through obedience to God’s will in relationships within the context of a local church. We will carefully walk through this letter to young Timothy pleading with the Father to teach us his will for Village Community Church!
Today we celebrate our 1 year anniversary of public worship! Listen here for a recap of what God has been teaching us and challenging us in the sphere of Western Culture Consumeristic Christianity from Acts, Ephesians and 1 Timothy.
Paul encourages young Timothy with a fitness plan that includes a regular diet of God’s truth, along with exercising love, faith and purity; which will have an effect not only in EVERY ASPECT of this life but for all ETERNITY.
One of Satan’s biggest goals is to destroy God’s church (God’s people). What better way than to divide and conquer through lies and deception from within. Paul continues his charge to Timothy to fight the good fight by following the good doctrine which leads to something to believe in.
Do you ever wonder what the motivating factor is as to why people go to church or even call themselves Christians? This short halftime message from the Apostle Paul takes us deep into the love of God to show us our true Identity as the “Pillars” of the household of God! Listen here for a message that every Christ follower needs to understand as the foundation of a “Great” church.
In this message, we dive deeper into who God calls men to be first in their household. What is a man to be after attending the “University of Household Headship?” Listen here for a deeper understanding! See description under part 1.
Paul charges Timothy not to be hasty in the laying on of hands (1 Tim 5:22). After a careful study through the first 13 verses in 1 Timothy 3, it is apparent how crucial it is to consider qualifications for such a “Noble task”. Pastor Jason seeks to patiently and diligently examine the qualifications for both elders and deacons as God raises up men to oversee the church. We should seek nothing less than to properly care for and shepherd the people that God adopted for the high price of His Son’s blood. (Acts 20:28)
Listen as Forest Lakes District Pastor and Church Multiplication Catalyst Scott Sterner teaches on the proper heart posture and understanding we are to know as we offer prayers to our heavenly Father. Your outlook on prayer may be forever changed by this message!
In the context of the local church body, God has clearly orchestrated the model for how we are to conduct our behavior in the setting of public worship. Our conduct is what sets us apart from the World. The Apostle Paul instructs Timothy on how to teach proper conduct to men and women in the local church. This challenging message has a very encouraging message and hopeful ending.
Three Truths Everyone Must Know:
If Christ brought peace to the people in the family of God, how do we strive to live in peace among a climate of chaos, confusion, division and persecution? Pray for those who have influence over the climate. Pray for the leaders of our governments. Why? It is pleasing to God. This is an encouraging message for the reasons why we should pray for the leaders in our government and community.
This message dives into the important message for pastors to remain focused on establishing a culture of love from a pure heart, good conscience and a sincere heart. May God use this to spread his Love and Glory!
Sermon audio from June 9th, 2018
This is a stand-alone gospel message from the EFCA-Forest Lakes District Superintendent from John 16:4-5. We’re blessed to have Jon bring a message of comfort on the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.
If we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (Gospel) to be set apart, we must wage the good war to protect the purity of the church family by guarding the Truth and protecting the family. The result has to be a great church family. Not a “great church” in the eyes of man…a church that is made holy and pure only by the blood of Jesus. We’re made great through Christ and are called to live great! Join us as we walk through 1 Timothy!
As believer’s we are those who tell God’s story of salvation. Paul’s benediction in Ephesians 6:21-24 is an invitation to live in an environment of peace, love, faith and Grace. If God uses people to live out His story, then our lives will reflect the character and nature of the Almighty author.
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Numbers 5:1-4: Cleansing the Unclean
God’s law offers protection from the curse – Leprosy, Discharge, Death
God’s law offers protection from a Holy God – Uncleanliness and Defilement
God’s son does what the law could not. (Mth. 8:2-3, 9:20-25)
The armor we have access to is provided by the most powerful, undefeated Almighty God! We are called to use it and use it properly. It gives us the ability to be victorious in the battles of life.
God Almighty gives us the strength we need to be victorious rather than vulnerable as we battle the true enemy, Satan and his evil army. Listen here for part 1 of the Spiritual warfare message from Ephesians 6:10-13
There is great potential for a family to be filled with joy when parents and children keep God at the center of their relationship. As fathers example Christ to the household, children are moved to be obedient, honoring their parents.
Paul’s encouragement to husbands and wives here provides two key ingredients to a great marriage. If you or someone you know is planning on getting married, is already married or struggling in your marriage, this message is for you. God has a structure and a plan for the roles of husbands and wives. His plans are good! You can have a great marriage; with God’s “good” plan!
Pauls message to the new believers in Ephesus is timely as they are now seeking to live holy lives in an unholy environment. His call to not even “speak” nor “listen” to idolatrous talk hits home in our hearts as our living conditions are similar. The hope of salvation is evident for those who’s evil ways are exposed by the light of holy living. Heart transformation leads to an environment of life!
“Knowing God’s will leads us to flee the environment of death and create an environment of Life. We therefore are moved to speak of holiness and righteousness, bringing light into a dark world.”
“God is not after our behavior modification, he wants heart transformation! His business is salvation!”
It’s one thing to be invited to imitate (or mimic) a parent, teacher, employer, athlete, or sports figure. But to be invited to imitate the Almighty God? Those are some big shoes to walk in but Paul encourages us with all confidence that we are able!