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   Evangelical Feminism and the Interpretation of Scripture
   1 Timothy 2:8–15
Sunday Morning Service,  July 24, 2016
First Timothy 2:8–15 is one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament. We will walk this text using a normal interpretation, then look at how the evangelical feminists falsely interpret the same text. This message is intended to encourage our resolve to rightly divide the Word of Truth, despite the cultural pressure to abandon the clear teaching of the Bible.

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   A Magnificent Gratitude
   1 Timothy 1:12–17
Sunday Morning Service,  October 4, 2015
As the apostle Paul journeyed throughout the ancient world preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, he never stopped thinking about that day when the Lord, in his abundant grace, rescued him from blind unbelief and put him into the ministry. As we come to the Table this morning, Paul’s outburst of gratitude should be ours as well, for at least three wonderful reasons.

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   Pictures of a New Testament Church
   1 Timothy 3:15
Sunday Morning Service,  November 10, 2013
 
If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then in only a few words Paul says much about the church. Using three brief yet concise phrases, the apostle paints three vivid pictures of what it means to be the church. We must let these pictures shape us into who we must be as the Lord’s church.

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   Cleansing the Conscience
   1 Timothy 1:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:30-31; 1 John 1:9; Philippians 4:8; Psalm 119:11
Wednesday Evening Service,  October 31, 2012
Once a person is given over to an evil conscience, can he again be turned back to having a good conscience? That is the question before us in this session. It can be done but few individuals accomplish it because the one with the evil conscience must truly want his conscience cleansed. An unsaved person can have his conscience cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ by faith in Christ (Hebrews 9:14; 10:22; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8-9). A backslidden believer must repent of his sin and totally yield his life to the control of the Holy Spirit of God who indwells him if he is truly born again (Ephesians 5:18; John 16:13). The Spirit of God will guide the believer into the truths of God’s Word. It is the Word of God that cleanses the person’s evil conscience (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5).

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   The Conscience and the Christian Life
   Romans 2:14-16; 1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 14:5, 8, 12
Wednesday Evening Service,  October 17, 2012
The human conscience provides internal evidence of our creation and of our Creator. Historically, people have recognized that they have a conscience that somehow communicates to them the difference between right and wrong. Historically, people who did not have the Law of God demonstrated their conscience at work when they automatically did those things which were contained in God’s Law. Romans 2:14-16 reveals that the Law was written in their hearts. In our study, we will recognize that the conscience is not enough to cause us to always make right decisions. In fact, it is a grave mistake to let your conscience be your guide since what comes out of it is largely determined by what we put into it – just like a computer.

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   Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
   1 Timothy 1:12-17
Sunday Morning Service,  October 7, 2012
 
In 1 Timothy 1, Paul is amazed at the privilege he has been given to be Christ’s minister. So in verse 12 he “thanks Christ Jesus our Lord.” Why should we give thanks this morning? Paul gives us four reasons to thank our God.

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   Witnessing the Good News
   1 Timothy 3:14-15; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15
Sunday School,  October 7, 2012
The Dead Sea is called such because there is no outlet and yet it is saturated with rich mineral deposits.  The Body of Christ (the Church), though rich in many ways, is evangelistically dysfunctional because it stopped giving out what it had received.  When Christ saw that His church had no evangelistic outlet, He threatened to remove her lamp (Revelation 2:5), indicating that the members would lose their light – forfeit its place of light-bearing.

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   How Can We Be Godly?
   1 Timothy
Sunday School,  July 10, 2011
 
Godliness spans both the external and internal. It is not conformity to a list of high standards. It is also not a feeling of closeness to God, or a good relationship to Him with no fruit or obedience to Him. In II Peter 1:5-7 Godliness is the virtue that connects the personal and the social. But how can we be godly? I Timothy mentions godliness several times and in examining these passages we can see how we can cultivate both a heart attitude of reverence and worship to God and the outward actions that are befitting of it.

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   The Concept of the Family in the Early Church
   1 Peter 2:4-5, Matthew 12:46-50, 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12, 15; 5:1-2
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 18, 2010
The idea of the church as a household is ubiquitous in the New Testament. In fact, the metaphor originates with Jesus Himself (Matt. 12:46-50). But it is one thing for us to say that our church ought to be like a family and another thing to know what the family looked like in the ancient world. It does us little good, and may even mislead us, to insist that the church is a household if we are not able to appreciate what the Greco-Roman household was like, what its purpose was, who were its members and what were their responsibilities. In this session we will look at the shape and significance of the ancient household so that we are able to see how the idea of family was employed as a metaphor for the church by the New Testament writers.

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   Reading the Scripture and Hearing the Word
   1 Timothy 4:13; Romans 10:17
Sunday School,  July 25, 2010
The New Testament clearly mandates the public reading of Scripture. This lesson explores why it is such a vital practice in a Christian church. We also show the New Testament emphasis on hearing the Word of God in public worship. This nearly forgotten element of corporate worship reminds the people of God what they are to hear, how the Word of God is to be heard, what benefits there are to hearing the word, and how the saints may practice hearing the Word.

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   Prayer in Christian Worship: The Mandate and Manner of Corporate Prayer
   1 Timothy 2:1-2, 8
Sunday School,  June 27, 2010
The New Testament clearly commands that we pray corporately as a body. This lesson begins by showing the mandate for prayer in our assembly for corporate worship, and describes some of the New Testament descriptions of the manner of prayer.

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