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How to treat others in the church

How to treat others in the church

Paul gives more practical counsel for the characteristics of a healthy church and how Christians are to treat others in their local church body.

1 Timothy 5: Instructions for the Church

1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,

2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

3 Honour widows who are truly widows.

4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.

5 She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,

6 but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.

7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.

8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,

10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

11 But refuse to enrol younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry

12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.

13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.

15 For some have already strayed after Satan.

16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in preaching and teaching.

18 For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain," and, "The labourer deserves his wages."

19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.

22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.

23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

24 The sins of some men are visible, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.

25 So also good works are visible, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

1 Timothy 6:

1 Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honour, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.

2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things.

False Teachers and True Contentment

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,

4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,

14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 which he will display at the proper time---he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,

19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called "knowledge,"

21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

Things to think about…

1.What do you think about Paul's instructions to older men, widows and younger women who want to get married 1Tim 5? How much of this is cultural, how much is Paul's opinion and how much is it God's will? How do we interpret some of these things in the scriptures? We know it is all God's word even though the Lord may use Paul's personality or the cultural setting of the time. But as the message he is writing is coming from the Lord Himself we must treat the words as truths that contain a timeless message for Christians. The message of 1Tim 5:1-17 is one of community around families. Christians need to look after their families first. Unfortunately we live in an age where influence and culture take away from the church and family and more responsibility has been given to the government. This is not always a bad thing, especially where there is neglect or abuse being carried out. But Paul says it is primarily the responsibility of the family to look after family. I see God's wisdom in this. Even now there seems to be a turning back to have aged care to continue in the home as long as possible, where possible.

2.Those who preach are called to live by the gospel, 1Tim 5:17, 18. I thank God for the privilege of being provided for in this way. Sometimes there are accusations that come against the pastor or elders of the church, when this is the case. It's important to make sure that Christ is honoured with the principle and process in the light of 1Tim 5:19.

3.What's the main message in 1Tim 6:1,2? Is it that God condones slavery? Some say it does. This is nonsense of course. So what are these verses saying? Remember masters had to provide for slaves. In many ways the modern equivalent is the provision and interaction that should occur between employers and employees. Especially those who belong to the household of faith. If we have an unbelieving employer, Paul encourages us to show them the gospel by our service that honours to Christ.

4.We can praise God for the peace, unity and joy we have in the church. Have a look at what destroys it in 1Tim 6:3-10. Some want to allow doctrine to divide, Paul says that this is not within the Spirit of Christ. Money obviously can cause division for the "love of money is a root of all kinds of evils", 1Tim 6:10. We know in the western church this is a constant danger and an opportunity for some to fall away from the faith.

5.The Lord of course provides the answer to the problem expressed in 1Tim 6:3-10, by giving the solution in 1Tim 6:11-21. Paul urges Timothy to promote true Christian community within the body. As God has been rich in mercy and love with us, we should display the same characteristics towards each other.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Prayer Points

1.Please pray CBC's Malacoota bushfire appeal. Give thanks for the opportunity we have to serve Cess and his wife Wyonya. You may give now directed in the announcements.

2.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia – especially NSW and Vic.

3.Tad's brother Andrew on life support and Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Both in Ipswich hospital.

4.Ministry planning and events calendar for this year.

5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

6.Sunday's message on 1&2 Timothy "Messages for a young church leader" by Jay.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

9.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Good soaking rains across Australia – especially Qld.

2.Wonderful Australia Day picnic at Kholo Gardens on Australia Day.

3.CBC's Malacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Malacoota, so far $1870 has been raised – thankyou CBC.

4.More visitors on Sunday – pray as they settle into CBC. Please continue to welcome them and get to know them as you can.

5.Rain falling in drought affected areas of Qld, NSW and Vic today and forecast for the rest of this week.

6.Recharge youth starting this Friday – pray for Jay, leaders, youth and their parents/carers.

7.Safe return of those travelling from holidays.

8.Praise God for what He will do as we begin and plan for ministry this year at CBC.

9.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Aitchison group - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.

2.Axiom services start on 2nd of February

3.Bushfire appeal – no target has been set but CBC will be raising money towards fireys and bush fire victims. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"

4.Kids@Church and Recharge parents will be on a roster to teach their children and attend throughout the year. Rosters will be finalized this week. See Helen to get the email for when you are rostered on.

5.Recharge youth starts at 7pm, Fri 31st Jan for all High Schoolers.

6.Kids@church – for all primary aged children starts 10am Sunday 2nd Feb.

January's catechism question...

Question. 8. What is the second petition?

Answer. "Your kingdom come."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:10; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

We do not have a spirit of fear
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