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The Church - the household of God

The Church - the household of God

Paul writes to Timothy about how a church should be led. He writes on the qualifications of Elders and Deacons.

1 Timothy 3: Qualifications for Overseers

1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,

5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?

6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Qualifications for Deacons

8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.

9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.

11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.

12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.

13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery of Godliness

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that,

15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

1 Timothy 4: Some Will Depart from the Faith

1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.

7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.

10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things.

12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.

14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.

16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Things to think about…

1.The biblical qualifications for Elders and Deacons are listed in 1Tim 3:1-13. If you compare the qualifications, at the core, the only real difference is that elders must be 'able to teach', 3:.2. As the roles of elder and deacon are leadership roles within the church Paul says that any man who desires to be in these roles must manage his household well, vss 4, 12. They must be men of integrity in what they say, do and believe. The roles of elder and deacon are primarily servant leadership positions within the church, hence it must be evident that the duties are carried out with grace and humility. Elders are called to have a good witness within the community, vs 7 and deacons must be tested first before serving, vs 10. I thank God for our leadership team at CBC, please pray for all those who serve in leadership that they do so with faithfulness, grace and joy. Please pray for our elders and Ministry Leaders (Deacons) as they serve at CBC.

2.Many churches have leadership boards, councils or committees. While I think these are fine, my question would be why implement something other than what the Lord has revealed to us in His word as to how he wants His church to be led. Paul makes the point to Timothy in 1Tim 3:15 that this is what is required "in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth". Sounds like good advice to me.

3.1Tim 4 is one of those end times passages that as a pastor I find quite discouraging to read, especially the first two verses. They basically say that some who have professed faith will reject it and fall away. This is incredibly sad for someone who desires people to not only come to faith, but to be built up in the faith and remain in that condition. And yet here it is. Note that the 'Spirit expressly says'…some will depart. This is not Paul's idea. He may be recalling Daniel's prophecy which also refers to the end times and the rule of the Anti-Christ, in Dan 8:25 "By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand". Paul's advice to the Corinthians is good for us also "let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall", 1Cor 10:12.

4.Paul concludes the chapter by affirming the importance of right doctrine in all matters of faith and practise, 1Tim 4:6,7. He says to Timothy –"Command and teach these things", vs 11. Let's always be regulated by the word of God and always assess our personal preferences, previous religious experience or upbringing and simply ask 'with respect to the scriptures – is it so?' As a church we should never be ashamed of delving deeper into the word of God or seek to apply its truths. Paul's advice to Timothy is timely for the 21st C church, 'devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching', vs 13. This is why we tend to read a chapter of scripture before the sermon on a Sunday to get some context before the message.

5.I often ask people what they believe is their spiritual gift. Paul says to Timothy not to neglect his gift, 1Tim 4:14. We are called to stir up one another in love and good works, what better way to do this than to encourage others to use their spiritual gifts within the church to edify and build up the body.

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 Mallacoota 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

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