Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Pastor's Job


1 Timothy 4:6-16

Pastor is to present the Word and walk the walk.

Timothy was to point out Paul's teachings, namely:
  • People in the church shouldn't teach strange doctrines.
  • Christians should pray for the people in authority.
  • Women should dress modestly and not take spiritual authority over their husbands.
  • Men should be godly in their reputation and behavior.
  • Christians should be warned that some would fall away from the faith.
When a pastor points out these things, he is a good servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Word of God is life-giving nourishment to our spirit.

Like food to our bodies, the Word of God feeds our spirit.

It is time that we asked ourselves, "How have we been feeding ourselves lately?" Are we nourishing ourselves on the Word of God?"

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Too many of us are paying attention to myths and neglecting the word of God.

Paul told Timothy to have nothing to do with these things.

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We are to have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales.

We are to pay attention to and work on becoming godly people.

The investments we make with prayer and Bible study will last for an eternity.

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Paul says that "we have put our hope in the living God."

Can we say today that we have fixed our hope on the living God?

If we are fixing our hope on anything that is on this earth, it will fail us.

But if we fix our hope on the living God, then we will not ever be let down.

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Timothy was a young man to be a pastor.

But he could prevent people from looking down at him, if he set an example in 5 areas:
  • Set an example in speech. Keeping our tongues from evil will serve to keep people from looking down on us.
  • Set an example in conduct. The way that we live, the way that we act, our behavior.Our conduct should be impeccable, our lives drawing people to Jesus.
  • Set an example in love. God loved each one of us in the world, even though there was nothing lovable about us. And that's the kind of love God wants us to have for each other. Love that stays even when someone is unlovable. Love people that are hard to love.
  • Set an example in faith.When we fall short of faith in God, we need to turn to the Word of God.
  • Set an example in purity. Purity means to be free of pollution, to be undefiled. We are not to defile and pollute ourselves with the things of the world. The Lord desires that we would be pure.
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Paul emphasized to Timothy again how important the Word of God is to the ministry of a pastor.

He must read the Word publicly, exhort people to act on it faithfully, and teach it understandably.

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There are many ways to receive Spiritual gifts.

One is by the laying on of hands by the elders.

Timothy had received his gift in this manner.

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What was Timothy's gift?

It is the gift of teaching (Romans 12:7).

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Timothy is told to pay attention to his life and to grow spiritually.

Timothy was to watch his life and doctrine closely.

He was to persevere in them.

By doing so, he could insure salvation for himself and for those he encountered.

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