A Model for Gospel Ministry

One of the best ways to learn is to watch the life of someone who does it well. You might call this person a coach, or a mentor or a role model. In 1 Thessalonians 1, the Thessalonians came to believe the gospel, turning to Go from idols. When they did, they began to “imitate” Paul and his team members, and in time, to imitate Christ, the ultimate Role Model for every believer!

In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, we begin a very personal section of the letter from Paul. In these verses he reminds the Thessalonians about his ministry among them. And as he does, we see in him a model for gospel ministry in three pictures.

To do gospel ministry, whether that’s as a Pastor/Elder, a Group Leader, Christian parent, co-worker, or friend… you must be…

A steward, entrusted with a valuable to deliver. A mother, sacrificially and affectionally serving others. A father, living an exemplary life, continually encouraging your “children” to follow Jesus.

Scripture: Acts 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Biblical Guidelines for Living (For all Christians, especially Elders)

How should you select elders to lead Foothills Baptist Church? The answer is both weighty and pressing because the issue comes up before the church this evening. How will the church decide who should serve as your lay elders? How are you to make that decision?

Fortunately, the Bible gives clear instructions to help Christians make this judgment. It is helpful to remember that eldership requires a plurality. In other words, no single man will have power over the other elders. They work in tandem to seek God’s will for the church. Also, remember that no Christian is perfect. If perfection was required, all of us would fail, including elders.

Scripture: Philippians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 20:28

Church Essentials

The New Testament says a lot about the church. Why? What makes it so important?

God has given the church a central and crucial part to play in the health and vitality of His people. Some neglect and mock. Others jump from church to church looking for the perfect church or a church that will meet their needs. Is there a problem with that? Absolutely. The failure to make a deep and abiding commitment to a local church will stunt any Christian’s development. Jumping from church to church when things get difficult are missing a primary method of personal spiritual growth.

Let’s meet together and study what God’s plans are for His church.

Scripture: Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:25-33; 1 Peter 5:1-4

Who We Are Because of Who He Is

As the church of the living God, we don’t take our cues from culture. We don’t look to politics to inform/educate ourselves about truth, marriage, leadership. As the church of the living God, we have His Word and what is more stable, powerful than the Word of God?!?

Let’s look at 1 Timothy 3:8-16 to see what God tells us about the church of the living God.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:8-16

The Gospel and Church Leadership

This passage is primarily about character. Character breeds trust and trust leads to leadership. A pastor can be a great preacher, a great singer, a great planner, an incredible visionary, but if he doesn’t have character, sooner or later the whole thing is going to come apart.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Acts 20:25-29; Titus 1:5-9

Celebrating the Gospel

One of the truths we see in Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Timothy) is that the church (3:14-15) is to be a group of people who celebrate what Jesus has done in/through the gospel message (i.e. good news).

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Roles and Relationships in the Church

The way we relate to each other in the church, Pastors and members, younger or older, hinges on our relationship with Jesus. So, whatever role God’s given you in the church, live it out with the humility of Jesus.

For Pastors- you go first. “You must be what you want to see” in the church.

For members – if your younger, rather than making assumptions or assertions about the leaders, be teachable, and for all, put on the humility of Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5