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   PASTORAL   THEOLOGY

 



PASTORAL THEOLOGY

 

© 1999 & 2007 by Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk

docvbk@saltlakebaptistcollege.org

This book may not be reproduced in any form or by any

means without written permission from the author.


The author wishes to express his thanks to

Dr. Vess, now with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

 for the lectures from which this workbook was drawn.


May the wisdom that God gave you, and that you have left to us,

abound to your reward as we use it for the honour and glory of

our Lord Jesus Christ- as I know you and our Father would have it be.






Proverbs 13:20

“He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise...”

 



 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Dr. Loys Vess  by Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk                                     pp. v. - vi.

 

                                     INTRODUCTION TO THE WORKBOOK                        1 - 5

    THEME, EXEGESIS, FOLLOW-UP SCRIPTURE

    THE DIVISIONS OF THE SCRIPTURES

    THE ORDER OF PAUL'S WRITINGS TO TIMOTHY

    THE PURPOSE AND AIM OF THE BIBLE

    THE EIGHT-FOLD BREAKDOWN IN THE WALK OF THE PASTOR

    THE PERSON GOD USES


PART ONE

                                         A FATHER'S LETTER TO HIS SON                             6 - 8

    THE WRITER; THE RECIPIENT


PART TWO

                                     10 QUALIFICATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP                      9 - 11

    BLAMELESS; UNQUESTIONED MORAL INTEGRITY; A MAN OF

         CHRISTIAN GRACE AND SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE; GENEROUS

         HEARTED AND HOSPITABLE 

    APT TO TEACH; A RIGHT ATTITUDE TOWARD MONEY; A MAN WHO

         SUCCESSFULLY MANAGES HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD; A MAN WHO IS

         SPIRITUALLY STRONG AND MATURE; HUMILITY; A MAN WITH THE

         RIGHT KIND OF WIFE


PART THREE

                                        THE GOSPEL IN MINIATURE FORM                           12 - 14

    INTRODUCTION AND THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST

    HINDRANCES TO THE GOSPEL


PART FOUR

                                       A GOOD MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST                        14 - 16

    HE WILL SAFEGUARD AND TEACH SOUND DOCTRINE; HE WILL

         ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT HE IS IN A STRENUOUS SPIRITUAL

         WARFARE; HE WILL ENDEAVOR TO BE A GOOD EXAMPLE OF

         GODLY LIVING TO OTHERS

    HE WILL BE A STUDENT AND CONSCIENTIOUS IN HIS WORK

         FOR THE LORD; HE WILL BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT HIS

         RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX; HE WILL TAKE

         EVERY REASONABLE CARE OF HIS BODY; HE WILL LABOR

         IN THE LIGHT OF THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST



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TABLE OF CONTENTS (cont.)


PART FIVE

                                                     GOOD AND BAD NEWS                                  17 - 18

    BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS; A CAUTION; A CONTRAST; THE

         IMPORTANCE OF IT; THE TIME EXPRESSED; TROUBLE

         PROPHESIED; THE SOURCE OF TROUBLE INDICATED; THE

         AGENT DESCRIBED; THE QUESTION THAT IS RAISED; THE

         COUNSEL; STRENUOUS EXERCISE; THE CHALLENGE TO BELIEVE


PART SIX

                        A YOUNG MAN'S QUALIFICATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP      19 - 21

    FERTILITY OF CHARACTER; FIDELITY OF MINISTRY; FIDELITY OF

         GIFTS; FIXITY OF PURPOSE; FACULTY OF CONTINUANCE


PART SEVEN

                                                    SPIRITUAL EXERCISE                                         22

    INTRODUCTION; IT IS A PERSONAL MATTER; IT IS A PROFITABLE

         MATTER; IT IS A PROGRESSIVE MATTER; WAYS OF SPIRITUAL

         EXERCISE


PART EIGHT

                                         DUTIES TOWARD THE MINISTRY                             23 - 26

    INTRODUCTION; SEVEN CHARGES GIVEN TO THE PREACHER;

         TITLES; DOUBLE HONOR TO THE ELDER THAT RULES WELL;

         BE NOT PARTAKER OF OTHER MEN'S SINS; WHY WE SHOULD;

         BE CAREFUL TO NOT PARTAKE OF OTHER MEN'S SINS;

         APPLICATION; SOME DIRECTION TO ENABLE US TO COMPLY

         WITH THIS WARNING; WHEN DO WE MAKE OURSELVES

         PARTAKERS OF OTHER MEN'S SINS; HOW HARDENING AND

         INJURIOUS WILL BE THE INFLUENCE OF SUCH CONDUCT


PART NINE

                                                 A WORD TO THE LADIES                                     27 - 30

    INTRODUCTION; NOTABLE WOMEN OF THE BIBLE; GOD'S

         DEALING WITH WOMEN; SEVEN POINTS OF THE WOMAN'S

         MINISTRY TO THE CHURCH


PART TEN

                                             ADVICE TO THE MAN OF GOD                               31 - 32

    ADVICE; MONEY MATTERS; THE THINGS THAT ARE WORTH

         DWELLING ON




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TABLE OF CONTENTS (cont.)


PART ELEVEN (A)

                       MONEY AND BIBLE TESTIMONY CONCERNING TT          33 - 35

    INTRODUCTION; MONEY IN ITSELF IS A GREAT GOOD; MONEY

         IS NOT TO BE ENSHRINED IN THE HEART; SOME THINGS MONEY

         DOES TO PEOPLE; THE REMEDY FOR THIS FRIGHTFUL EVIL HEART


PART ELEVEN (B)

                            A CAUTION AGAINST SKEPTICAL BABBLINGS                  36 - 37

    INTRODUCTION; THREE MODES OF TREATING RELIGION AND THE

         HOLY SCRIPTURES; DON'T IMAGINE THAT ALL MEN OF LEARNING,

         SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY ARE SKEPTICALLY DISPOSED; LOOK AT

         THE SKEPTICAL BABBLERS IN THEIR VARIED AND OPPOSITE PHASES;

         WE OUGHT NOT TO ASK THESE BABBLERS FOR A BOOK OF THEIR

         PRINCIPLES IN PLACE OF THE BIBLE; WHAT DO WE BASE OUR HOPE UPON


PART TWELVE (A)

                                           SPIRIT CONTROLLED FINANCES                             38

    LET GOD CONTROL OUR FINANCES; HOW TO FAIL IN BUSINESS

         WITHOUT REALLY TRYING; THE REMEDY IS GIVE MORE;

         SOLOMON'S SIX SLIPPERY STEPS TO THE SLIME AND THE BOTTOM


PART TWELVE (B)

                                                          STEWARDSHIP                                                39 - 40

    INTRODUCTION; STEWARDSHIP OF LIFE; STEWARDSHIP OF TIME;

         STEWARDSHIP OF CALLING OR VOCATION; STEWARDSHIP OF

         INFLUENCE; STEWARDSHIP IN MATERIAL THINGS; STEWARDSHIP

         OF INDIVIDUALITY; STEWARDSHIP OF ABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY;

         STEWARDSHIP OF CALLING; STEWARDSHIP 100%


PART THIRTEEN (A)

                                                  DEARLY BELOVED SON                                       41 - 43

    INTRODUCTION; PAUL'S AFFECTIONATE REGARD FOR TIMOTHY;

         PAUL'S INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP WITH TIMOTHY; PAUL'S WISE

         COUNSEL TO TIMOTHY; PAUL'S ADMONISHMENT TO TIMOTHY;

         HOW CAN WE GET RID OF FEAR


PART THIRTEEN (B)

                                         GOD'S GIFT TO EVERY BELIEVER                             44 - 47

    INTRODUCTION; THE INDWELLING OF THE HOLY GHOST; WHAT

         IS THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST


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TABLE OF CONTENTS (cont.)


PART FOURTEEN

                                       A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST                      48 - 49

    INTRODUCTION; A SOLDIER MUST BE STRONG; ABLE TO

         INSTRUCT OTHERS; ABLE TO ENDURE HARDNESS; HE MUST

         NOT ENTANGLE HIMSELF IN THE AFFAIRS OF THIS WORLD;

         A GOOD SOLDIER MUST OBSERVE SPIRITUAL LAWS OF WARFARE;

         HE MUST BE WILLING TO WAIT FOR RECOMPENSE; HE MUST BE

         ABLE TO SUFFER; HE MUST BE A STUDENT OF THE WORD OF GOD


PART FIFTEEN

                           A CALL FOR CONSTANCY AND PERSEVERANCE           50 - 51

    TIMOTHY'S NEED; A SEVEN-FOLD DESCRIPTION OF THE BELIEVER



APPENDIX ONE

    PASTORAL BURN-OUT

    PREVENTION CALENDAR



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Dr. Loys Vess

 

 

    Obviously the best person to teach a young preacher the “ins” and “outs” of being a Pastor is an older Pastor that has “been there, done that!” That description fits Dr. Loys Vess to a “T.” And this workbook goes out to you with a prayer that you can glean something from Dr. Vess that will help you in your ministry for the Lord Jesus Christ.

    One of the pleasures I had, early in my ministry, was to sit under the teaching of Dr. Vess at Texas Baptist Bible College in Bedford, Texas in the mid-80's where I later received my Bachelor of Theology in May of 1988. When, in 1990, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Theology, I found out that Dr. Vess, who had already gone to be with the Lord by then, had left behind an audio course that was in the possession of his wife, Sister Dorothy Vess. So I contacted her in Texas and started taking classes from her through the mail. The notebook that you are now studying is the result of one of those classes. While studying the courses, it thrilled my heart each time that I thought about the fact that even though Dr. Vess was no longer with us, his work still continued carrying on through those tapes of his teachings. God says that some men’s works follow after; well, I then saw how that was very true. Dr. Vess’ work still follows after even though he is gone.

    Born Sept. 24, 1905 in Wise County Texas, he was saved just before his fourteenth birthday at a revival at the New Hope Baptist Church out at the county line just out of Boyd, Texas. Faithful in church for a while he then backslid as so many do and got out of the will of God.

    By 1929 he was married with children and quite successful as a farmer and dairyman, but he knew that something was missing in his life. Then he heard that Dr. John R. Rice was coming to Decatur, about five miles north of his farm, to hold a revival. When he told his wife she said she wanted to go, so out of curiosity they went to the first night of the meeting. There Loys walked the isle and rededicated his life to the Lord. Dr. Rice stayed in Decatur for one full year and one thousand people were led to the Lord and baptized. In addition, twenty-seven men surrendered to preach; and one of those men, a young man of twenty-four, was Loys Vess.

    Ridding himself of his farm and livestock, “burning his bridges behind him” as he called it, he answered God’s call and promised himself he would never turn back; and, as he himself would want it put, by God’s grace alone he kept on keepin on for the Lord for the rest of his life. 

    After nearly sixty years of ministry, most of it planting churches,( the largest number of which are still going) he finally went home to be with his Lord. And because of his faithfulness the Lord has seen fit to keep the ministry of Dr. Vess going even though the man himself is no longer with us.

    Through classes such as this one, younger preachers can still learn from this man who had “been there, done that.” Dr. Vess would want no credit for himself and therefore no credit will be given to him. All of the credit will be given to the one that saved Dr. Vess, called him to preach, and then empowered and used him as a servant for nearly sixty years; and that one is God; and we will respect the wishes of Dr. Vess by giving credit to God alone.

    However, the Bible does tell us to give honor where honor is due; and this we will do by carrying on, in these classes, the ministry of this faithful servant of God. And then from these classes many more extensions of the ministry of that faithful servant will reach out to those that need salvation, edification, and (for those who may have fallen even as Dr. Vess himself had once fallen) restoration back into the will of God. In this way this servant’s ministry will continue on until the Lord comes back to relieve us all of our duties.

    I did not know Dr. Vess long nor closely, but I am grateful that God saw fit to place me under this His servant to learn from him. Even though I knew him but a short while I learned to love him in the Lord for his faithful service and kind manner. All I seek to do now is pass some of this learning along to you to better equip you for your ministry to God as faithful servants in this new millennium.

 

    In the words of Dr. Vess, “Keep on keepin on!”

 

 

 

We honor the faithful servant,

but we give credit where credit is due,

to his and our Lord and Saviour,

the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

 

 

Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk

Ogden, Utah

January 10, 2000

and

Taylorsville, Utah
Dec 9, 2007

 

 

For more information on Dr. Loys Vess read,

“The Life & Ministry of Dr. Richard Loys Vess,” by Brent Moeller.

 

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INTRODUCTION TO THE WORKBOOK


Instructions:  Look up and read all scripture references given throughout the textbook.

   Exceptions:

1. When it is a chapter reference or book reference without verse specifications being given, you do not have to look up the reference in your Bible.

2.  When the scripture is written out in the textbook, then you do not have to look up the reference in your Bible unless you want to do so.

 

Tests:

All tests in this class are "open book."

 

Bible:

All scriptures are taken from the King James Bible; therefore, all students must use only that Bible in this and all classes.

 

Theme:   Memorize this verse with proper punctuation.

II Tim 2:15  "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
    needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."


Exegesis.

A. Study.

       God's men and women ought to be students.

B. Shew thyself approved unto God.

If you have the approval of God you don't have to worry about the approval or disapproval of men.

C. A workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

        A young preacher or teacher (man or woman) needs to study to avert nervousness while teaching or preaching.
  This nervousness is overcome by:

l. Being sure of exactly what your beliefs are- and why.

2. Being able to show scriptural proof of what you are asserting.

Follow up scripture: Behavior in the time of apostasy.

I Tim 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

I. The Divisions of the Scriptures.

    OT- 39 books.

    NT- 27 books.

A. Old Testament.

1. Pentateuch- Books 1-5

      Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

     Writer- Moses.

2. Historical books- 9 sub-divisions.

a. Joshua- written by Joshua.

b. Judges- written by Samuel.

c. Ruth- written by Samuel.

d. I & II Samuel- written by Samuel.

* Editor's Note: 

    This textbook is compiled from notes taken from Dr. Vess' course that he taught for decades and specifically from classes taught in the early 1980's.

    Dr. Vess voiced the belief of many of his generation concerning the authorship of the book, or, as we have divided it, the books, of I. and II. Samuel.  This same view is also voiced in the Jewish Talmud.  It has been brought to my attention by one of the students that Samuel died in the 25th chapter of I. Samuel.  Therefore I deemed it prudent to add this note.

    Today (2009), some 20 years after Dr. Vess gave those lectures, there are many and varied theories concerning who wrote the book(s).  The first portion was probably written by Samuel himself.  The latter parts, recording events occurring after Samuel's death, are considered as probably compiled by various other writers.  Some say Gad and Nathan, and others believe there were many writers who compiled the books from various sources; but no one knows for sure.
    An alternate possibility is that God, through inspiration, gave knowledge of those future events to Samuel before his death and he recorded them in his book.  That is just one possibility.
    However, the true authorship of the book is not in question.  God is the author.  What we are actually considering here is who He used as the amanuensis or  amanuenses (earthly writer or writers) to give the books to humanity.  That He gave the book(s) and that He gave them to us accurately, by inspiration. is the important matter.  The names used as designations for the books, whether I. Samuel and II. Samuel or one Book of Samuel, are arbitrarily decided based upon whatever research or theory on chooses to espouse.  As is deciding who the earthly writer(s) were for it or them.  Opinions and theories will waft and wane down through the centuries.  However, we should not call into question who the true author is- and that is God.

    The Jews considered I. and II. Samuel to be two volumes of one book and did not divide it into two books, as our canon does, but kept it as one book with a continuous outline and giving a continuity to the history which it relates.  Starting with the career of Samuel and continuing through the rise and fall of Saul, it ends with the declining years of David's reign.  We divide it into two books.

    Whichever scheme we choose to adopt and who we believe the earthly writers were, it is really just an exercise in intellectual curiosity that must take a back-seat to the message of God delivered to us in the book(s).  That message is what is of paramount importance.  The rest is secondary and merely intellectually interesting.

 

Now we will continue with the outline.

e. I & II Kings- written by Ezra.

f. I & II Chronicles- written by Ezra.

g. Ezra- written by Ezra.

h. Nehemiah- written by Nehemiah.

i. Esther- written by Mordecai.

3. Poetical books- 6 books.

a. Job- written by Job.

b. Psalms- written by David and others.

c. Proverbs- written by Solomon.

d. Ecclesiastes- written by Solomon.

e. Song of Solomon- written by Solomon.

f. Lamentations- written by Jeremiah.

4. Prophetic books- 22 books.

       Some were written pre-Babylonian exile; some were written during the Babylonian exile; and some were written afterward.

a. Pre-exile books.

1) Jonah- written by Jonah.

2) Amos- written by Amos.

3) Hosea- written by Hosea.

4) Obadiah- written by Obadiah.

5) Joel- written by Joel.

6) Isaiah- written by Isaiah.

7) Micah- written by Micah.

8) Nahum- written by Nahum.

9) Zephaniah- written by Zephaniah.

10) Habakkuk- written by Habakkuk.

b. Exile books.

1) Jeremiah- written by Jeremiah.

2) Ezekiel- written by Ezekiel.

3) Daniel- written by Daniel.

c. Post exile books.

1) Haggai- written by Haggai.

2) Zechariah- written by Zechariah.

3) Malachi- written by Malachi.

B. New Testament.

1. The Historical books of the NT.

       The 4 Gospels bear the names of their writers- (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John); and, they give us the history of:

a. The birth of Christ and his ministry.

b. The ministry of John the Baptist.

c. The crucifixion of Christ.

d. Other historical accounts.

2. The Doctrinal books.

a. Acts- written by Luke.

b. Romans- written by Paul.

c. Galatians- written by Paul.

d. Hebrews- written by Paul.

3. The Church order books- how to set up and run a church.

a. I & II Corinthians- written by Paul.

b. I Timothy- written by Paul.

c. Titus- written by Paul.

 

 NOTE: If a church is set up according to the order that God sets forth then He is obligated to bless and use that church. It will grow and be blessed of God and there's no opposition that can hinder that church.

         Mt 16:18 "- the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it."

 

4. The Church truth books.

a. Ephesians- written by Paul.

b. Colossians- written by Paul.

5. The Christian Life books.

a. Philippians- written by Paul.

b. I Thessalonians- written by Paul.

c. Philemon- written by Paul.

d. James- written by James.

e. I Peter- written by Peter.

f. I John- written by John.

6. The Course and the End of This Age books.

a. II Thessalonians- written by Paul.

b. II Timothy- written by Paul.

c. II Peter- written by Peter.

d. II & III John- written by John.

e. Jude- written by Jude.

7. The Prophetical book.

     The Revelation- written by John.

II. The Order of Paul's Writings to Timothy.

A. Paul writes about himself.

B. Then about Timothy.

C. Thirdly he writes about God.

III. The Purpose and Aim of the Bible.

A. Preparation for Christ- Old Testament story.

        This preparation for the coming Messiah is in:

1. Types.

2. Sacrifices.

3. In promise, prophecy & preparation.

B. Presentation of Christ- is found in the four Gospels.

C. Proclamation of Christ- is found in the book of Acts.

D. Personification of Christ- is found in the Epistles.

E. Predomination of Christ- in the book of the Revelation.

IV. The Eight-fold Breakdown In the Work of the Pastor.

        Eight things expected of the pastor.

A. Problem solver- counseling for family, job, etc.

1. Don't side with anyone when counseling.

2. Don't let either party put you in the middle- on the spot.

3. Face the issue- don't let it grow.

B. Prosperer of plans.

1. Sunday school.

2. The church.

3. Nothing ever rises above leadership.

C. Promoter of spiritual life.

D. Leader in the assemblies.

E. Prayer & Worship.

     The more prayer in a church the more results will be seen.

F. Preaching & Teaching.

G. Minister in Care & Comfort.

1. Look your congregation in the eye.

2. Try to sense their needs.

H. Evangelism & Missions.


V. The Person God Uses. (II Chr 16:9; Jer 5:1)

    Introduction.

1. God's plan is God’s and not man's.

2. God's plan is not methods.

3. God's plan is not system.

4. God's plan is not organization.

A. What kind of a person does God use?

1. Must be born again. (Jn 3)

2. Must be surrendered to Christ.

3. Must be clean- inside and out. (Separation.)

4. Must be saturated with the Word of God.

5. Must be separated unto the Holy Ghost.

B. How does God use a person?

1. Enoch walked with God.    (Gen 5:22)

2. Noah worked for God.    (Gen 6-9)

3. Abraham believed God.  (Ro 4:4)

4. Moses legislated for God. (Gen 1-5)

5. Elijah exposed for God.

a. Go hide thyself. (I Ki 17:3)

b. Go shew thyself. (I Ki 18:1)

C. When does God use a person?

         Wait on Him.

1. Moses waited 80 yrs. for God to use him.

2. Elijah waited 3 yrs. for God to use him.

3. John the Baptist waited 30 yrs. to begin his ministry.

4. Jesus waited 30 yrs. to begin his ministry.

5. Paul waited 3 yrs. to begin his ministry.

D. What happens when God uses a person?

1. Sinners will be saved.

2. Christ will be exalted.

3. Holiness will be promoted.

4. Saints will be established.

 

 

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PART ONE

A FATHER’S LETTER TO HIS SON



Introduction.

A. When Paul wrote to Timothy the theme of his lesson was:

I Tim 3:15 "... that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God..."

B. When Paul wrote this epistle He was concerned about the order in the church.

l. The man's place in the church.

2. The woman's place in the church.

C. The problems faced by the early church were worse than the problems we face today- because they had some enemies that we do not have.

       We should be aware of these problems- and how to face them when they come.

I. The Writer. (I Tim 1:1)

A. Paul.
    There is some debate concerning the exact meanings of his names.  Dr. Vess uses one view here.

1. Saul was his Hebrew name. (Phil 3:5) Saul means "great one.”

2. Paul was his name after his salvation and call to the ministry.

a. Paul means "the little one.”

b. Two applications:
1) Physical stature:
   
He was small (little), bald, and, in his later years, crippled.
2) Spiritual stature:
     Before Salvation he considered himself "great" but after Salvation he became humble (little).

B. His Office.

      I Tim 1:1 "...an apostle of Jesus Christ...”

C. His Authority.

    I Tim 1:1 "...by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ..."

1. He was authorized by the Lord himself.

2. By royal command- not of himself. (Acts 9:15)

3. Paul describes his Lord as well as himself.

a. The titles of Christ. (I Tim 1:1)

1) Saviour.

2) Lord Jesus Christ.

a) He is not only our Saviour- but our Lord.

b) He should rule and reign in our lives.

b. The reason for Christ's coming into the world.

     "... to save sinners; -" (:15)

c. He declares Christ's victory.

      "... our hope..." (:1)

When you see a funeral procession think not only of their sorrow; but, think also of the hope they may have.

  Three types of hope:

1) No hope.

2) False hope.

3) The good hope.

II. The Recipient. (I Tim 1:2)

A. His name- Timothy.

   Down through the years every preacher probably has a Timothy.

1. Approximately 30 yrs. younger than Paul.

2. Always spoken of, by Paul, with much affection.

B. His relationship- "... my own son in the faith..."

1. Timothy was converted, as a lad, when Paul visited his home town of Lystra.  (Acts 16:1-3)

2. Had also accompanied Paul to Ephesus, and Antioch, and other places including Philippi and Rome.

3. The best thing a young preacher can do is join with, and serve under, a good preacher- and LEARN FROM HIM!!- as he follows God.

4. You will only learn in one of two ways:

a. From a man.

b. Or the hard way.

C. He declares his task.

1. Abide at Ephesus. (I Tim 1:3)

   The church there was in great danger.  (Acts 20:17-31)

a. Feed the church. (:28)

b. Wolves- false teachers. (:29)

c. Perverters among yourselves. (:30)

2. Charge them to teach no other doctrine. (I Tim 1:3)

III. Greetings. (I Tim 1:2)

    Three great blessings.

A. Grace- unmerited favor. (cf. Eph 2:8-10)

B. Mercy- compassion of God for the miserable and distressed.

          (Compassion- a desire to help.)

1. Salvation which results from the grace of God in mercy.

2. Speaking of the harmony which results in the:

a. Removal of the sin.

b. And the discord that has been produced in your heart.

C. Peace.

IV. The Purpose. (I Tim 1:3+)

To help Timothy discharge his responsibility in the Lord's work at Ephesus.

        Five exhortations:

A. Stand firm- "... abide..." Stay put- keep on no matter what. (:3)

B. Speak up- "... charge some..." (:3)

C. Take care- "... neither give heed to..." (:4)

D. Fight on- "... war a good warfare..." (:18)

      We are in a warfare. (Eph 6:12)

E. Keep true- "Holding faith, and a good conscience..." (I Tim 1:19,20)

     Make up your mind that sink or swim you're going to follow through.

 

 

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PART TWO

10 QUALIFICATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP

(I Tim 3:1-13)


I. Blameless. (:2)

A. Above reproach- a good reputation. (:7)

B. Many times trouble in the church is from a Pastor.

C. From salvation onwards- a pastors reputation should be impeccable.


II. Unquestioned Moral Integrity. (:2)

         "... the husband of one wife..."

A. There are many interpretations of this:

1. One wife- ever.

2. One wife- at a time.

3. In context of the polygamy problem at the church in Ephesus it meant you could not remain a polygamist.

B. There is only one scriptural reason for a divorce.

1. Jesus stated it- adultery (fornication- sexual intercourse with someone other than their mate.) (Mt 19:3 cf. Deut 24:1-4)

2. Paul gave a reason for SEPARATION- not divorce. (I Cor 7)


III. A Man of Christian Grace and Spiritual Discipline. (I Tim 3:2-3)

        10 virtues of grace:

A. Vigilant- simple separation- careful. (:2 cf. Eph 5:15)

B. Sober- self control. (I Tim 3:2)

   Don't be controlled by anything- tobacco, liquor, coffee- ANYTHING!

C. Of good behavior- a Christian gentleman- modest. (:2)

D. Hospitable. Ready to properly and generously entertain guests. (:2)

E. Apt to teach. Teach the things of God to others.

       Be not judgmental out of some supposed self-righteousness, but be instructional. (:2)

II Tim 2:25-26 “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God per-adventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

F. Not given to wine- literally not to linger by wine. (:3)

1. This did not mean total abstinence- wine is a part of many cultures.

2. We abstain because of possible harm to a weaker brother.

3. Liquor is "the devil in liquid form."

G. No striker- not physically quarrelsome, to the extent of striking blows. (:3)

H. Generous, not greedy, not money hungry. (:3)

I. Patient- gentle, kind, and peaceful. Guard against bitterness in your heart. (I Tim 3:3)

           The life that you live will do one of two things to you:

1. It will make you bitter, critical, cynical, and negative.

2. Or it will break your heart, mellow your spirit and drive you to your knees.

       That's what God wants; because bitterness in the heart is like cancer in the body- it will eat you up.

J. Not a brawler- not contentious or controversial in physical or vocal sense. (:3)


IV. Generous Hearted and Hospitable. (:2; I Tim 1:16)

A. Because of the hostility surrounding the early church- the grace of hospitality was very necessary. (Ro 12:13; Heb 13:2)

B. A leader (for hospitalities sake) should have:

1. An open house.

2. An open heart.

C. Try to pattern our lives after someone with a big heart like Barnabas.

      (Acts 9:26-27; 11:22-24)


V. Apt To Teach. (I Tim 3:2)

        Aptitude, skill or ability to teach.

A. A minister must be able to preach and teach- exercise his pastoral gifts.

B. A deacon- to plan, organize and understand the affairs of finance.


VI. A Right Attitude Toward Money. (:3)

A. A person with the wrong attitude toward money has a Judas-like attitude- (Jn 12:6) and should never be a treasurer.

B. Also a man who is unable to manage his own finances will not be able to manage the finances of the church properly.

C. Filthy lucre is:

1. Ill-gotten gain.

2. Money earned honestly but used for evil purposes.



VII. A Man Who Successfully Manages His Own Household.

        (I Tim 3:4-5)

A. If he can't control 1 wife and two or three children then how can he take care of a church made up of MANY men, women, and children.

B. The majority of preachers, if God asked them to resign their church and go out and start another one- wouldn't do it until they talked to their wives. If you tell your wife that God is leading you to do a certain thing- MOST wives will follow IF you are doing right.



VIII. A Man Who is Spiritually Strong and Mature. (:6, 9, 10
cf. :2)

A. Not a novice.

   Do not place a new convert or immature Christian in a place of responsibility- lest they become prideful (:6)

B. Stand with the Lord because others are watching you. (I Tim 3:9)


IX. Humility. (:6)

        We pray "Lord make me humble"- but the Bible says "humble yourself".

A. Humility comes by:   (Ro 5)

        1. Tribulation.

        2. Patience.

        3. Experience.

        4. Hope.

B. If someone asked you how to become humble, what would you tell them?

            It comes through association with Christ. (Mt 11:28-30)

1. Come- to Christ. (:28)

2. Take- Christ’s yoke upon you. (:29)

3. Learn- to be like Christ. (:29)


X. A Man With the Right Kind of Wife. (I Tim 3:11)

        4 things she needs before a man can be considered for a position:

A. Grave- serious and dignified.

B. Not slanderous- no gossip. (Literally- not a false accuser.)

C. Sober- self controlled.

D. Faithful- reliable and absolutely trustworthy.

NOTE 1: These are NOT qualifications from Paul; they are NECESSITIES given from GOD!

NOTE 2: Approximately the same qualifications also hold for the deacons as for the Pastors. (:8-13)

 

 

 

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PART THREE

THE GOSPEL IN MINIATURE FORM

(I Tim 1:15; Lk 2:1-15)


Introduction:

A. I Timothy 1:15 contains the very soul of the gospel.

B. It is the theme of this study.

C. This is a compass of God's message to all men.

            Three things about God's message:

1. What God says is authentic-

    "This is a faithful saying..." (I Tim 1:15)

      God has given His word and we can rely upon it.

      We need not ever to entertain any doubt.

2. It is absolutely reliable.

    God said it and that settles it for all time to come.

a. Throughout the rest of our lives.

b. Throughout all eternity after our deaths.

3. It is acceptable.

a. Because it is divine in it's origin.

b. It is God's "good news."

c. It is adaptable- to all people, anywhere at any time.


I. The First Coming of Christ.

A. God's Message. (:15)

    "... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..."

       This was the message 2,000 years ago.

  Proofs of His first coming:

1. Prophecies of the OT which:

a. Pointed forward toward His coming.

b. Were fulfilled at His coming.

2. The testimony of both secular and religious history.

3. Our calendars bear the date which testified that He came.

B. The Character of His Coming. (Jn 1:1, 14)

C. The Cost of His Coming.

       Three words in I Tim 1:15 tell the cost:

1. “Came”- He came from the GLORY of the Father.

2. “Into”- the world. God's first missionary from the ivory palaces into the world of sin.

      Into a limited body from the limitlessness of God.

3. “Save”-Came and bore the name Christ Jesus to save the world by taking their foul sin upon His perfect, sinless self.

D. The Constrainment of His Coming.

        Why did He come- what was the purpose of it?

"... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners...” (I Tim 1:15)

E. The Challenge of His Coming.

1. The question is- has He saved us?

2. The answer is- YES!


II. Hindrances to the Gospel.

     (I Tim 1:19, 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander)

    It is not the down and outers that cause trouble, it is usually: leaders, prominent church-men. When Christians are willfully disobedient to the Lord there needs to be discipline or judgment.

A. The horrible danger of spiritual release that faces every Christian.

     We can assume that these two men, and others, were Christian. (:19)

B. The dreadful influence that one disobedient Christian may have on another.

1. These men were guilty of false teaching.

2. They were guilty of overthrowing the faith of some.

3. No matter how weak or worldly you may be, you are the best Christian somebody knows. Everyone that's not right with God stands in the way of someone else. If it only effected himself when a man turned aside it wouldn't be so bad- but it also effects his wife, children and grandchildren. God says He visits the iniquities of the fathers and mothers to the third and fourth generation.

C. The serious nature and damning effect of false teaching in the church.

1. Paul calls it blasphemy- because it is a reproach upon the divine character and the revealed truth of God.

2. It eats as a canker- as dangerous as blood poisoning, gangrene, or a malignant tumor, it eats away the healthy tissue.

D. The close connection between what we believe and how we behave.

     There is an inseparable connection between faith and morals.

E. The judgment of the Lord must come upon Christians who live carelessly and who refuse correction. (:20 "... delivered unto Satan...") Probably stems from the Jewish practice of putting out of the Synagogue (excommunication) of those who would not heed reproof.

1. Your church is responsible and answerable to God for you.

2. Once the church votes to withdraw fellowship from you the responsibility for your sin is no longer upon them- but you.

3. Our churches today are weak because discipline is not properly exercised.

4. The area we are attacked most in is the security of the believer.

       People say if they believed that, they would get saved and then live any way they want to. Our articles of faith say that the ground attachment to the believer is that they will continue on as befits a believer.

        If a Christian goes on in sin- God will:

a. Bring them to their knees.

b. Or bring death.

c. A true Christian has no choice about living for God; because sooner or later God is going to take hold of the situation.

5. A son's liberty ends when it infringes on a father’s authority.

            The same thing is true with a child of God.


 

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PART FOUR

A GOOD MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST

(I. Tim 4:6; 5:17-25)


Introduction: Every person called of God:

A. Ought to be as good a person as they possibly can.

B. Ought to be as good a servant as it is humanly possible to be.

C. There are three types of ministers.

1. Good ones.

2. Fair ones.

3. Bad ones.

D. We will study the qualities- marks- of a good minister of Jesus Christ.


I. He Will Safeguard and Teach Sound Doctrine. (I Tim 1:3, 4:1, 6)

A. Some ministers cannot instruct others because they were not properly instructed themselves.

1. On every hand we are faced with "isms," teachings not faithful to God's word.

2. A good minister will study the scriptures and become settled in the great doctrines of the faith which he holds to.

B. He will continue to admonish, teach, and instruct his flock as to what they should receive and what they should not receive.


II. He Will Always Remember that He Is Engaged In a Strenuous Spiritual Warfare.

Paul addressed Timothy as a commanding officer would address his troops.

III. He Will Endeavor to Be a Good Example of Godly Living To Others. (I Tim 4:12)

A. You can silence all criticism by your Christ-like conduct.

   This is how you answer any Criticizers of your ministry- by example.

B. People will respect you if:

1. You live what you preach.

2. Not if you preach one thing and do something else.

3. Be an example:

a. As a believer.

d. In charity.

g. In purity. (Separation.)

b. In word.

e. In spirit.

c. In conversation.

f. In faith.


IV. He Will Be A Student and Conscientious in His Work For the Lord.

    "... give attendance to reading..." (I Tim 4:13) "Study..." (II Tim 2:15)

            Give attendance to:

A. What we read.

    All scripture is profitable- but not equally important or edifying.

    We can read scripture and get off on a false chase of no benefit.

 B. The spirit in which we ought to read.

1. With humility.

2. Being taught- teachable.

3. Prayerfully.

4. The great design- the saving knowledge. (II Tim 3:16)

5. To help others.


V. He Will Be Very Careful About His Relationship With the Opposite Sex.

        This is a very delicate matter. (I Tim 5:2, 11-13)

A. Don't open the door for Satan through your relationships.

B. Don't tempt yourself with your relationships.

C. In all your relationships, act and speak as Christ would have.

D. More ministers fall into the trap of sex than any other type of trap.


VI. He Will Take Every Reasonable Care of His Body. (5:23)

A. Wine here is spoken of as a medicine.

B. Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost- and should NOT be abused. (I Cor 6:19)

C. We can not do our best if we are:

1. Over tired.

2. Over worked.

3. Over wrought.

D. We are expected to do our best.

     We cannot expect to be healthy if we over-indulge.

    (Eating to much is a sin we must suffer out.)

E. How long do we expect to serve if we abuse our body?


VII. He Will Live and Labor In the Light of the Judgment Seat of Christ.  (I Tim 6:13, 14)

   We are stewards who must give an account, someday, to Christ.

A. Three things about the preacher: (Heb 13:7, 17, 24)

1. Remember them. (:7)

2. Obey them. (:17)

    They must give an account. (:17)

3. Salute them. (Heb 13:24)

B. Don't muzzle the preacher like an ox. (I Tim 5:17,18)

  A lot of churches muzzle the preacher by:

1. They won't support him.

2. They won't pay him.

3. They won't give him full freedom.

Even though he might make a few mistakes- give him freedom to rule.



 

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PART FIVE

GOOD AND BAD NEWS

(I Tim 4:1-13)


I. Bad News and Good News.

    The Bible is the true book of life. It delightest to record the good and it does not attempt EVER to hide the bad. We have a number of stories in the bible that point out to us how the great men of God failed:

A. Abraham practiced deception about his wife.

B. Moses' outburst of anger- he broke the ten commandments.

C. Elijah sat under the juniper tree.

D. Gideon worshiped idols.


II. A Caution.

A warning to beware comes across in the content of the chapter.  (I Tim ch. 4)


III. A Contrast- "Now -" (:1)


IV. The Importance of It- "- the Spirit speaketh -" (:1)


V. The Time Expressed- "- the latter times -" (future)  (:1)


VI. Trouble Prophesied- "- some shall depart -" (:1)


VII. The Source of Trouble Indicated. (:1)

A. The devil has an army tempting and enticing- leading Christians astray.

B. The only way to be sure that you are being led by the Spirit of God is to make sure that it is confirmed by the Word of God.


VIII. The Agent Described.

A. They depart from the faith- biblical teaching. (:1)

B. Then they begin to preach the devil’s doctrines. (:1)

C. They speak lies in hypocrisy. (:2)

D. Their conscience being seared. (:2)

     Conscience works in a two-fold manner: (Ro 2:15)

1. In the beginning of sin- it accuses you.

2. If you continue in sin- it excuses you.

E. Four things about conscience;

1. We can have a dull conscience- not quick, not active.

2. An uneasy conscience- nullified by sin.

3. A guilty conscience- accusing or excusing.

4. A hard conscience- wilful disobedience. (Heb 10:26; Ro ch. 1)


IX. The Questions That Are Raised. (I Tim 4:3-5)

A. Two questions:

1. Forbidding to marry.

2. To abstain from meats.

B. A preacher must be very careful when he answers people’s questions.

1. Marriage was given by God in the very beginning.

2. God says that all meat is good if we receive it with thanksgiving.


X. The Counsel- be strong. (I Tim 4:6-8; Eph 4:12-14)

A. Put them in remembrance. (I Tim 4:6)

B. Thing you need- good nourishment, daily. (:6)

    The Timetable- till I come. (:13)

C. Have a discerning appetite. (:7; II Pet 1:16)

1. Refuse profane fables.

2. Refuse old wives fables.

3. You can get in trouble repeating things other preachers say is Bible.


XI. Strenuous Exercise- unto godliness. (I Tim 4:8)

A. Take a little bodily exercise for health.

B. Strenuously exercise yourself unto godliness.

C. We can get greater physical strength by waiting on the Lord.


XII. The Challenge To Believe. (I Tim 4:9-11)

      Two things about belief:

A. The effect of belief- labour. (4:10; Jas 2:20)

B. The aspect of belief- we suffer. (I Tim 4:10)

 

 

 

 

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PART SIX

A YOUNG MAN’S QUALIFICATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP

(I Tim 4:7-16)


I. Fertility of Character. (I Tim 4:12)

       Paul was some 30 yrs. older than Timothy and is prematurely old because of his adventures with the gospel. Here Paul sets forth some things that will help the flock forget how young Timothy is- and recognize his fertility of character.

        Timothy was to be a pattern- "... an example..."- in 6 things:
A. Word- speech.

        1. What he says.

        2. How he says them.
B. Conversation- his walk in daily behavior.

        1. Say what you are going to do.

        2. Then follow through.

        3. Or your people will lose confidence in you.
C. Charity- love.

        1. It is the strongest thing in the world.

        2. It is the sweetest thing in human experience.

        3. If your people know you love them, they will do just about anything you want them to do.
D. Spirit- we should be enthused about our Christianity.

        The Jehovah's Witnesses, Communists, and Catholics put us to shame.
E. Faith- faithfulness.
    
    The early church faced many things: persecution, hardships, temptations etc.

        They were disappointed and distressed; but, in spite of these they kept on keeping on.
F. Purity- moral and physical.

        1. Purity in motive.

        2. Purity in action.


II. Fidelity of Ministry. (:13)

       Paul planned on coming to see Timothy, but until then Timothy was to continue faithfully in:
A. Reading.

      Public reading of the scriptures- as Christ did. (Lk 4:16)

        1. Be cautious of these things:

            a. Don't read to much scripture (no long lengthy passages).

            b. Pronunciation.

            c. Context and setting.

        2. Dr. Norris recommended that you read a chapter as many times as there are verses in that chapter.
B. Exhortation. (I Tim 4:13)

        1. Words of:

            a. Guidance.

            b. Rebuke.

            c. Comfort.

            d. Challenge.

 
       
NOTE: In the early church there were "exhorters."
             They stood up before the pastor preached and gave a word of exhortation.
 

        2. A good pattern to follow is the one set forth by Christ in the seven letters to the

                churches in the book of the Revelation.

            a. Commendation.

            b. Criticism.

            c. Correction.

            d. IN THAT ORDER!
C. Doctrine- teachings.

        Notice there is a difference between preaching and teaching.


III. Fidelity of Gifts. (I Tim 4:14)
A. Position.
B. By prophecy.
C. Of power.
D. Through ordination.


IV. Fixity of Purpose. (:15)
A. Practice- "Meditate upon these things..." Form the habit of meditation.
B. Preoccupation-  Give all that you have. “...give thyself wholly to them... "

       1. Mind.

       2. Mouth.

       3. Members.
C. Progress- "... that thy profiting may appear to all."

        1. Profiting means:

            a. Growth.

            b. Advance.

            c. Progress.

        2. Leaders as well as those led must ever be moving upward.

        3. Some people never grow as Christians.


V. Faculty of Continuance. (I Tim 4:16)
A. Combination. ("Take heed..." means to fasten your attention upon.)

       l. The teacher must be right. (I Cor ch. 5)

       2. The teaching must be right. (I Tim 4:16)
B.
Continuation. (:16)

       1. The beginning can be comparatively easy.

       2. Keeping it up is the problem.
C. Culmination. (:16 “Save thyself and them that hear thee.”)

       1. Save your testimony.

       2. Save the testimony of others.


 

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PART SEVEN

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

(I Tim 4:8)


Introduction.

     Ephesus was a center of Greek culture. They were big on body culture.

There are three things that people live for today:

1. Things. (I Tim 4:7)

2. Thrills.

3. Theories.


I. It Is A Personal Matter. (I Tim 4:7)


II. It Is A Profitable Matter. (I Tim 4:8)


III. It Is A Progressive Matter.

        Godliness is not achieved all at once- it takes:

A. Patience.

B. Hard work.

C. Correction.


IV. Ways Of Spiritual Exercise.

A. Privately.

1. Enter into a secret place of prayer. (Mt 6:6)

2. Devotional reading of God’s Word. (I Tim 4:13)

3. Practicing the presence of God. (I Thess 5:17)

            Live in fellowship with God- all day long.

B. Publicly.

1. Attending public worship. (Heb 10:25)

2. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper. (I Cor 11:23-26)

3. Engaging in specific service. (Eph 2:8-10)

C. Three things are necessary for spiritual exercise.

1. A holy resolve. (Phil 3:13)

2. A willing sacrifice. (II Sam 24:24; Heb 12:1)

3. Continued discipline- separation. (I Cor 9:25-27)

 

 

 

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PART EIGHT

DUTIES TOWARD THE MINISTRY

(I Tim 5:17-25)


Introduction.
   
A. The emphasis is- “... let the elders that rule well...”
   
B. The challenge is- impartiality. (:21)


I. Seven Charges Given To The Preacher.

A. Preach the Word.   (II Tim 4:2)

B. Pray and get an answer.

C. Preparation.   (II Tim 2:15)

1. Study- volume of study to know how to do things.

2. Message.

a. Prepare- keeping in mind the two most important things:

1) The introduction.

2) The conclusion.

b. Outline properly.

1) Make sure the message has substance- body.

2) When you are done outlining, go back and cut out non-essentials.

D. Patience. (Wait upon the Lord.)

E. Purity- separation.      (Ro 12:1-2)

1. By God’s mercy.

2. Present your bodies a living sacrifice.

3. Be transformed- be different from the world.

4. Prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

a. The will of God is in three parts:

1) The acceptable will of God.

2) The good will of God.

3) The approved will of God.

b. Or it could be stated:

1) The permissive will of God- that is what God allows you to do.

2) His directive will- close communion where His will becomes your will.

F. Personal appearance.

1. It doesn’t matter what you look like coming out of the pulpit.

2. It does matter what you look like when you go into the pulpit.

G. Paying debts.

H. Practice.

    You better practice what you preach.


II. Titles.

Four common titles for the pastor that are not found in the New Testament.

A. Clergyman.

1. People call preachers by this title.

2. In the Latin, the real meaning is priest.

3. Commonly used to distinguish the preacher from the congregation.

B. Rector.

     Means to, “lead straight or to rule.”

C. Parson.

Used to single out the preacher as an outstanding person in the community.

D. Reverend.
This term is only used in the Bible one time.  It is used solely to refer to God’s holy name.  (Ps 111:9)

 

 

III. Double Honor To The Elder That Rules Well.     (I Tim 5:17)

A. The faithfulness of an elder should be honored.

1. Pastors, many times, are not honored.

2. It is uplifting to have a day when a pastor, and his wife, are honored.

     (10 years as pastor at that church, etc.)

B. The reputation of the elder should be cherished.

1. Be slow to believe evil about a pastor or preacher.     (I Tim 5:19)

2. One of Satan’s biggest lies about him is women.

3. If someone comes to you, tell them to follow scripture.  (I Tim 5:19)

C. The elder should be approved. (I Tim 5:22)

1. Don’t go all out for a guest preacher when you first hear him preach.

a. Take a little time to get to know him first.

b. Some are real good flim-flam men.

c. Don’t dote on an evangelist over your own pastor.

     They are co-labourers together in the field.

2. A church should take real good care of their pastor. (:17-18)

a. There is no scriptural basis for a set salary for the pastor.

b. A church that is good to their pastor will be blessed by God.

c. A church that is tight-fisted with God’s man will reap the same as they sow.   That’s God’s law.   (II Cor 9:6; Gal 6:7)


IV. Be Not Partakers Of Other Men’s Sins.       (I Tim 5:22)

 Ways to do this:

A. By contrivance. 

    That is to wittingly or unwittingly spread a snare in a brother’s way. Tempting them: “don’t be chicken,” or, “one drink won’t hurt.” etc.

B. By compliance.

    Consenting with sinners; having a hand into it. (Prov 1:10-15)

C. Flattery.

    The wink of an eye or the nod of the head.

D. Sufferance.

    Permitting sins of others that we are able by authority to hinder.

    This is especially applicable to parents.

E. Imitations.

    The practice of imitating others who are doing wrong.


V. Why We Should Be Careful To Not Partake Of Other Men’s Sins.

    A. Out of the principle of charity to our brethren.

    B. Out of the principle of our own experience to ourselves.

    C. Out of the principle that we owe God.

        God first; others second; and ourselves last.


VI. Application.

   Is there such a thing as partaking of other men’s sins after this manner? Consider that you have enough sins of your own.

           Four sorts of sins that we can be partakers of:

    A. Church sins.

    B. National sins.

    C. Family sins.

    D. Individual sins.


VII. Some Direction To Enable Us To Comply With This Warning.

A. Be careful of your own heart.    (Jer 17:9)

   That’s where bitterness and unforgiveness builds up.

B. Cultivate a high value and love for the souls of men. (Rev ch. 18)

C. Mourn before God for the sins of others.

D. If we were not partakers of their sins, we could rebuke them.    (I Tim 5:20)



VIII. When Do We Make Ourselves Partakers Of Other Men’s Sins?

A. Ministers- when they fail to correct and rebuke them.

B. Parents- when they have opportunity to prevent their children from doing wrong, and then don’t.

C. Children- when they make disrespectful remarks to their parents.

D. Churches- when they fail to deal with the unruly and ungodly.

E. Community members- when they allow the community to do wrong.

F. Governments- when private citizens fail.


IX. How Hardening And Injurious Will Be The Influence Of Such Conduct.

A. If we willingly and knowingly sin- we entice others to sin.

B. As a Christian, we will answer at the Judgment Seat Of Christ.    (II Cor 5:10)

C. The law of moral recompense.   (I Tim 5:24-25)

       Both sins and good works:

1. Some show up right away.

2. Some show up later; maybe even after you’re dead.

 

 

 

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PART NINE

A WORD TO THE LADIES

(I Tim 2:9-15; 5:5-15)

 

Introduction.  In First Timothy, there are seven times that Paul refers to the ministry of the women in the church.


I. Notable Women Of The Bible.

A. Old Testament.

1. Eve- the woman of curiosity and the first mother.

2. Hagar- the discarded wife.

3. Myriam- the ambitious woman.

4. Deborah- the patriotic woman.

5. Ruth- the woman of constancy.

6. Hannah- the ideal mother.

7. Abigail- the capable woman.

8. Esther- the self sacrificing woman.

B. New Testament.

1. Mary Magdalene- the transformed woman.

2. Elisabeth- the humble woman.

3. Mary (mother of Jesus)- the chosen of God.

4. Mary of Bethany- the woman immortalized by Christ.

5. Martha- the worried house keeper.

6. Dorcas- the seamstress.

7. Lydia- the business woman.


II. God’s Dealings With Women.

        God gave them a place in society that no other religion has ever done. He idolized the women; but never excused them from the normal function of motherhood. He gave them a peculiar love that no other person has; a very dear and tender love.

A. The woman and her charm.   (I Tim 2:9-10)

1. The false charm.

a. Make-up. It was started in Egyptian times.

b. The mincing walk.

c. Back in NT times, only women of the street were like this.

d. Principles for them to follow.

1) Modest apparel and deportment.

2) Shamefacedness- a sense of shame or honor, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect.

      The opposite of this would be the “impudent face,” of the prostitute.  (Prov ch. 7)

3) Sobriety- soundness of mind, self control.

     A warning against anything out of place or improper.

2. The true charm.   (I Pet 3:3-4)

a. A quiet spirit, which will manifest itself in good works.

b. In subjection to their own husband.

1) If the man will be a man, it will be more likely that his wife will be in subjection to him.

2) Men, be aware of what your wife likes and dislikes.

3) When the first child comes, be aware that there may be a tendency to dote on the child and ignore your mate.

B. The woman and her church.   (I Tim 2:11-14)

1. Her place in the public assembly.

a. She is there to learn

b. She is to do it in silence and with subjection.

2. She is not to teach, nor usurp authority over, the man.

     (This includes the holding of an office in authority over a man.)

3. Why in subjection?

        To avoid any objections that this is merely a cultural thing, God inspired Paul to ground it, instead, in Creation.

a. Adam was first- Eve was made for him.

b. Adam was not deceived- Eve was.

c. Notwithstanding, she will be saved in childbearing- she won’t be in or causing trouble.

4. Her position.

a. Martha and Mary.                            (Jn ch. 11)

b. Mary the mother of Mark.                 (Acts 12:12)

c. Lydia, whose heart the Lord opened.  (Acts 16:14-15) 

d. Phoebe, the servant of the church.      (Ro 16:1-2)

C. The woman and her chance.

1. Private opportunity for witnessing.         (Acts 18:26)

2. Her responsibility- childbearing.             (I Tim 2:15)

Bearing a child and bringing him up is full of spiritual significance; but it will not save her soul. However, it will keep her from being idle and gossiping.    (I Tim 5:11-15)


III. Seven Points Of The Woman’s Ministry In The Church.

    A. Her Dress.     (I Tim 2:9-10)

        1. Three important words.

            a. Modest apparel.

            b. Sobriety.

            c. Becometh- suitable and in good taste.

        2. Three principles that should guide the woman in her dress:

            a. Jewelry.

            b. Hairstyle.

            c. Especially when coming to the house of the Lord.

    B. The position they should occupy.   (2:11-14)

        1. Be a learner and keep silent.   (:11)

            It is not her place to teach or preach in the main service.

        2. Be in subjection.         (:11-12)

    C. The virtues they should possess.    (2:15)

        1. Faith- faithful.

        2. Charity- love.

        3. Holiness- be Christlike.

        4. Sobriety- modesty.

    D. The responsibilities they should share.       (3:11)

        1. She should share the serious outlook of her husband. (Prov 31:30)

        2. She must be woman of discretion- no slanderer or gossiper.

        3. She must be self-controlled.   (Gal 5:22)

        4. She must be absolutely trustworthy and reliable.

    E. The testing she should expect.   (I Tim 5:10)

        1. The desolation of widowhood.

        2. Or spinsterhood.

        3. Unruly children.

    F. The service she can render.

        1. She can bring up children.

        2. She can be given to hospitality.

        3. Se can wash the feet of the saints.

            A willingness to comfort those who are in need.  (Jn 13:1-10)

        4. She can relieve the afflicted.   (Gal 6:2; I Thess 2:7; II Thess 1:3)

        5. She can follow every good work.

    G. The danger they should avoid.   (I Tim 5:11-15)

            Young women begin to wax wonton- restless:

        1. They have grown slack concerning spirituality.

        2. Degenerated into gossip.

        3. Busybodies with dangerous tongues.

        4. Going from house to house carrying trouble.

        5. Lowering the reputation of the church.

        6. Giving occasion for the adversary to speak reproachfully.

        7. Speaking things they ought not.

 

 

 

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PART TEN

ADVICE TO THE MAN OF GOD

(I Tim 6:1-21)


Introduction.

A. Flee the bad and follow after godliness.         (I Tim 6:11)

   Paul charged Timothy to do this.

B. ALL Christians are God’s men and women.

       The title, “the man of God,” is used frequently in the Old Testament.

1. Applied to Moses.      (Deut 33:1)

2. Applied to Samuel.     (I Sam 9:6)

3. Applied to David.       (II Chron 8:14)

4. Applied to Elijah.       (I Ki 17:24)

5. Applied to Elisha.       (II Ki 4:9)


I. Advice.

A. Negative.   (I Tim 6:1-11)

   Get as far away as you can from:

1. Conceit- pride, feeling superior to others.   (:4)

2. Impurity- clean in heart, mind, and body.   (:5; Jer 17:9)

    The longer you’ve been saved the cleaner you should become.

3. Discontented spirit- be satisfied.         (I Tim 6:6-8)

4. Foolish and hurtful lusts.    (:9)

    That means any desire or ambition not under the control of the spirit.

5. The love of money.         (:10)

a. Literally- the love of money is the root of all evil.

b. A lust for gain without earning it.

c. Filthy lucre.

1) Money gained illegally.

2) Legal gain that is then used wrong.

B. Positive- the command to follow.  (I Tim 6:11)

1. Righteousness- being right in our relationship with men.

    We cannot be right with God without being right with men.  (I Jn 1:7)

    Only if we both walk as Christ walked can we have fellowship.

2. Godliness- Christlike.  (I Tim 6:11)

a. One way to meet temptation is ask ourselves: “What would Jesus do?”

b. If someone mistreats us- “How would Jesus handle this?”

3. Faith- fidelity, faithfulness, dependableness, trustworthy.

4. Love- try to be loving at all times. Be kind.

     (Jn 13:34-35 “... love one another; as I have loved you...”)

5. Patience- endurance in tribulation.

6. Meekness- be gentle, gracious, and kind to people.

C. Active- the challenge to fight.    (I Tim 6:12-14)

1. For the advancement of the gospel.

2. To gain the reward.

3. For the honoring of our Saviour.

 

II. Money Matters.       (I Tim ch. 6)

A. Serving members of the family and how to guide them.         (:1-2)

   Don’t despise your Christian master- he is your brother.

B. Money matters.      (:3-10)

1. Portrait of a money grubber:

a. They think that gain (money) is godliness.  (:3-5)

b. A person that will attach little importance to scriptural teaching.

    (:3-5)

c. A person that sets little value on moral character.

d. A person that gives little thought to good influence.

e. Withdraw thyself from them.

2. The money getters peril.

a. Leans toward extravagance.    (:7-8)

b. Temptation to be shady.     (:9)

c. Danger of unbelief.     (:10)

3. The money givers pleasure.    (:17-19)

a. The decided sense of the giver- you must decide to give.    (:17)

b. You have to have a definite stewardship of the gift- decide what to give.  First a tithe; and then an offering.    (:18)

c. How delightful it is to give.    (:19)

4. The godly man’s slogan- “... flee these things...”     (:11)

 

III. The Things That Are Worth Dwelling On.   (I Tim 6:13-16; 20; 21)

A. A good confession.     (:13)

B. The great commandment.  (:14-16)

1. How? Without spot and unrebukeable.

2. How long? Until the appearing of Christ.

C. The great commission.       (:20-21)

1. Avoid babblings.

2. Ignore them.

3. Weigh all advice by the Bible.



 

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PART ELEVEN (A)

MONEY AND BIBLE TESTIMONY CONCERNING IT

(I Tim 6:9-10; Eccl. 10:19)


Introduction.

       Money can be a blessing or a snare.

A. It answereth all things.

B. The love of it is the root of all evil.


I. Money In Itself Is A Great Good.

The rich are not necessarily evil and the poor are not necessarily good.

A. Solomon says money answereth all things.    (Eccl. l0:19)

B. Riches are God's gift.         (Deut 8:18; Job 22:24)

C. There are many men in the bible that were great and good- yet rich:

1. Old Testament.

a. Abraham.        (Gen 24:35)

b. Job.                 (Job 1:3)

c. Solomon.        (II Chr 9:27)

2. New Testament.

a. Nicodemas.

b. Joseph of Arimathea.

D. Riches have great facilities for good and usefulness.

1. Seminaries are supported by money.

2. Think of the good some of the wealthy men of the past have done.


II. Money Is Not To Be Enshrined In The Heart.

A. It is good in the purse, good in the hand, it is the golden grain, the seed corn, but it is not to be hoarded.

B. Even poor people can hoard money- whatever small amount they have.

C. Knowing the value of money will cause me to be:

1. Industrious in getting it.

2. Wise in its expenditure.

3. Cheerful in its distribution.

D. Oft times money becomes the Lord of:

1. The poor.

2. The church.

3. The afflicted world.

    Many people in the world live for nothing but money.

E. Five things concerning the love of it:

1. There will be greed in getting it.

     Getting money is above all else- family, church - all else.

2. There will be clutching it when it is possessed.

3. There will be hoarding it- adding to it, saving it.

4. Frequently talking about it.

5. Enshrining it in the heart.


III. Some Things Money Does To People.

A. It excludes God from the soul- you cannot love God and mammon.

B. It produces forgetfulness of God.               (Deut 8:13-14)

C. It pollutes the conscience and defiles the hands.

D. It is a hindrance to coming to Christ.

E. It renders salvation extremely difficult.      (Mk 10:21)

F. It's one of the chief causes of apostasy.      (I Tim 6:9)

G. It can never satisfy.


IV. The Remedy For This Frightful Evil.

A. A conviction of it's extreme folly- madness or moral insanity.

B. The occupation of the soul with a chief and real good. A Soul filled with:

1. God.

2. The Kingdom of God.

3. The fear of God.

4. The supreme love of God.

5. The constant realization of God.

6. It has no room for the love of money.

C. The wise estimate of true riches.

1. The pearl of great price- the church.       (Mt ch. 13)

2. Wisdom.

3. Holiness.

D. Daily prayer - for preserving grace- seek divine help.

        1. For restraint.

        2. Help to be not overly anxious.

E. A constant remembrance of our accountability for it's use.

   It's a talent that can bless or curse.   (Mt 25:14-30)

1. The man was Jesus.

2. We are those to whom he gave the talents.

3. Many hide the talent.  (:18)

4. The reckoning.            (:24-30)

    If you don't use it- you may lose it.

F. God's law is multiplication by giving.

      For the saved AND the unsaved, it is God’s law and it is impartially applied.

1. The tithe.

2. Offerings over and above the tithe.

3. Giving cheerfully will bring God's blessing.

 

 

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PART ELEVEN (B)

A CAUTION AGAINST SKEPTICAL BABBLINGS

(I Tim 4:6,7; 6:20)


Introduction.

A. There are usually more questions over tithing and giving than over any other subject- because money is very important in our lives.

B. Many times they come up with the idea that, "Tithing is Old Testament." That is true- but it also is in the New Testament.

C. There are two doctrines taught in the bible that are very offensive to men- tithing and eternal security (once saved- always saved.)


I. Three Modes of Treating Religion and The Holy Scriptures.

A. Those who simply take the bible and religion for granted.

1. They have never examined it.

2. They have never sought any evidence of truth.

3. Many religions today never encourage a personal examination of their doctrines- they just want you to accept them.

B. Sincere seekers who are wrong.

     They should be treated with kindness and respect.

C. Those who through pride and self-will ignore all religious teachings and boast of their disbelief- those who are sceptics.

    The evidence of a false leader (false teacher):

1. He's a loud mouth- opposing the truth-

2. attacking Christianity with philosophy or science falsely so called-

2. vain babblers.(Jude :16)

 

II. Don't Imagine That All Men of Learning, (Science and Philosophy, etc.) are Skeptically Disposed.

     Some of the great men of the past who were not sceptics:

A. Shakespeare the author- was a Christian.

B. Milton the poet- was a Christian.

C. Lord Bacon the philosopher- was a Christian.

D. Sir Isaac Newton- astronomer and mathematician- was a Christian.


III. Look At The Skeptical Babblers In Their Varied and Opposite Phases.

A. The hard shell- or Calvinists.

1. They are referred to as Deists.

2. They believe:

a. That God fixed the laws of destiny.

    Only some are elected (ordained) by God to be saved.

b. Man may or may not be immortal.

B. The materialist.

      All is material- no spiritual existence. They believe death ends it all.

C. The atheist- says there is no God.

D. The nature worshipers.

        Say they can get closer to God out in nature than they can in church. What they are really saying is that their god is nature.

       In essence, whether they know it or not, this is Hindu theology.

1. The light is god.

2. The air is god.

3. The fire is god.

4. The water is god.

5. The universe is god.

 

IV. We Ought To ask These Babblers For A Book of Their Principles In Place of The Bible.

    We have nature as well as they- and we have reason. If they are going to reject our book they ought to let us have theirs; but they don't have one.


V. What Do we Base Our Hope Upon?

A. My Knowledge of God is real and true to me.

B. My faith in Jesus is real to me- though I do not see him.

C. My conversion is real to me- because I am changed. (II Cor 5:17)

D. My hope of glory is a reality to me because:

1. It supplies me with joy unspeakable and full of blessedness.

2. My comfort at the grave of a Christian friend is full of solace and hope.

     (I Thess 4:13-18)

3. The main difference between Christianity and other religions is that we worship a risen Saviour- none other makes that claim.


 

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PART TWELVE (A)

SPIRIT CONTROLLED FINANCES

(Lk 16:1-13)



I. Let God Control Our Finances.

A. The Man is to be the head and the woman is to be the help meet.

B. What happens when we try to control our finances?

1. Debt is often the result.

2. We are admonished in Romans to not owe any man anything.

    (Ro 13:8)

       Don't be under such an obligation to anyone that we have to compromise our testimony.

       Two things that debt does:

a. Compromises our testimony.

b. Debts produce bondage to men.  (Prov 22:7; II Tim 2:4)


II. How To Fail in Business Without Really Trying.

     (Or how to get poor quick.)

A. The number one curse of the day is the credit card.

       They are good if used wisely; but for most people they are hard to control.

 B. To borrow heavily on the depreciable items.

1. Those items which lessen in value.

2. Live on what you make.

C. Free spending.

      Use discernment on buying foolish things.

     (Such as in the areas of Christmas gifts, birthday, etc.)


III. The Remedy Is Give More.

    You cannot reap unless you first sow.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.


IV. Solomon’s Six Slippery Steps To The Slime and The Bottom.

A. Be stingy.  (Prov 11:24)

1. Miserably tight and opposed to spending.

2. On the other hand God does want us to be careful in our spending.

B. Try to get rich quick. (Prov 28:22)

C. Be Stubborn.              (Prov 13:18)

D. Cultivate laziness.      (Prov 20:13)

E. Feed the flesh.

    Freely supply all that your appetites demand.  (Prov 23:21)

F. Be crafty.

    To be skillfully deceiving, dealing dishonestly.   (Prov 28:19,20)


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PART TWELVE (B)

STEWARDSHIP

(Mt 21:33-36)


Introduction.

A. In this parable we are given seven ways God deals with bad stewards.

B. There may be some confusion as to what stewardship means- it means: managing that which belongs to another.

C. We are accustomed to dispensing what we have acquired and have in our possession.  To use and dispense it according to our pleasure.


    Areas of stewardship:
  

I. Stewardship of Life.

    We are His by our own choice- we gave ourselves to God when we trusted Him for our salvation.

A. Life itself came from God- and should be used for God.

B. Since God gave us all we are and all we possess, then we owe Him everything.

C. Using opportunities- this creates other opportunities.     (Mt 25:27)

     The more you use what God gave you, the more He multiplies it.

 

II. Stewardship of Time.      (Eph 5:16)

A. Take advantage of the time that God gives us.

B. Our time is short.   (Job 14:1-2; Ps 89:47)

C. We are to work while we have time; and, if we fail to do so we lose all.   (Jn 9:4)

D. We should be sure that what we do is pleasing to God.      (Pr 14:12)

E. We should not be entangled in worldly affairs so far as to take our time away from God's service. (II Tim 2:4)

F. The importance of using the present moment is emphasized in the bible. (II Cor 6:2)

 

III. Stewardship of Calling or Vocation.     (Eph 4:1-2)

A. Whatever your vocation- be honest.

B. A worthy walk:

1. Lowliness.

2. Meekness.

3. Longsuffering.

     Forbearing one another.

 

 

IV. Stewardship of Influence.      (Heb 10:24-25)

    Influence is a wonderful and yet frightening thing, when you think of the number of people you influence for good or evil.

 

 

V. Stewardship In Material Things.     (I Cor 16:2)

 

 

VI. Stewardship of Individuality.    (Ro 14:7-8)

 

 

VII. Stewardship of Ability And Opportunity.       (Gal 6:9-10)


VIII. Stewardship of Calling. (I Cor 7:24)

 

IX. Stewardship- 100%     (Ro 12:1-2)

    Stewardship requires all out being dedicated to Him.


 

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PART THIRTEEN (A)

DEARLY BELOVED SON

(II Tim 1:1-12)


Introduction.

       Paul here is talking to Timothy about his personal walk and testimony as a true servant of Jesus Christ in the days of apostasy and declension

A. Paul writes from imprisonment in Rome.

B. Addresses Timothy as, "dearly beloved son."

C. Paul wrote in full knowledge that he was coming to the end of his life.

D. Timothy was:

1. Reasonably young.

2. Rather frail in body.

3. Timid.

4. Inclined to depend upon others- especially upon Paul.

 

 

I. Paul's Affectionate Regard For Timothy.    (II Tim 1:2)

   Refers to him as dearly beloved son.

A. Timothy had a Greek father and a Jewish mother.     (Acts 16:1)

B. His home was Lystra.

C. In all probability his grandmother Lois lived with them.

D. During Timothy's teens, Paul and Barnabas visited Lystra on their first missionary journey.

E. Timothy seems to have been converted at that time.

F. Six years later when Paul revisited Lystra, Timothy was well reported among the brethren.

        Seeing his progress, Paul invited him to join forces and travel with his band; and he did so.

G. Timothy then labored with Paul at Corinth, Ephesus, Athens, Antioch, and Philippi.

H. Therefore; Paul looked upon Timothy as his spiritual child whom he loved very much; and this affection shows in his writing.


II. Paul's Intimate Fellowship With Timothy.

      Although Paul was imprisoned in Rome and Timothy was in Ephesus,

   yet these two had wonderful fellowship together in the gospel. (Phil 1:5)

        Expressed:

A. He thanked God for him.   (II Tim 1:3)

1. His conversion.

2. His growth in grace.

3. His assistance.

4. His love.

5. His encouragement.

6. His prayers.

B. He prayed for him.     (II Tim 1:3)

    Without ceasing night and day (continually.)

C. He longed to see him.        (:4)

D. He remembered his tears.  (:4)

E. He rejoiced over him.        (:4)

 


III. Paul's Wise Counsel To Timothy.

A. Stir up your gift.   (:6,7)

     Rekindle the fire- let the Holy Spirit blaze up in your life.

B. Hold fast to sound doctrine.   (:13)

    Timothy lived in a day of apostasy; he needed to hold fast.

C. Endure hardness.   (II Tim 2:3-4)

D. Study.    (:15)

E. Flee youthful lusts.         (:22 cf. I Tim 4:12)

F. Be an example in:

1. Word.

2. Conversation.

3. Charity.

4. Spirit.

5. Faith.

6. Purity.

G. Continue.   (II Tim 3:14)

H. Watch.        (II Tim 4:5)

 

 

IV. Paul's Admonishment To Timothy- Don't fear.   (II Tim 1:7)

A. God has given us the victory.     (Ps 27:1-14)

B. Two kinds of fear.

1. Normal fear- good.

2. Abnormal fear- bad.

C. The kind of fear that besets us.  (Lk 21:26)

1. The fear of failure.

     Any one who is a success- must resist the fear of failure.

2. The fear of responsibility.

       We may be ambitious- yet fear the responsibility that success would thrust upon us.

3. The fear of danger and harm.

       Some people are afraid of a variety of things such as thunderstorms, air travel, etc.; they have a continual fear of danger.

4. The fear of the skeleton in the closet.

     The best defense is: don't have any in there.

5. The fear of the future.

       Common among old people. A fear of how they will live, not wanting to be dependent on others.

6. The fear of mental disorder.

7. The fear of death.

D. What fear does to us.

1. Undermines the health.

a. Makes us unhappy.

b. Brings us into bondage.

c. Affects us with dissipation and is destructive.

2. Breaks down the nervous system and affects the bodily functions.

3. Blotches the complexion.

      The bible says be sure your sin will find you out; and it will. They can see it in your face.

4. Paralyzes the will.

5. Robs us of sleep.

6. Clouds the mind.

7. Makes us spiritual failures.


V. How Can We Get Rid of Fear?

A. Settle it once and for all that it is the will of God for you to be free from fear.

B. Be sure you really want to be free from your fear.

C. Make an honest admission of your fear.

D. Ask God definitely to banish your fears and trust Him to do it.  (Ps 34:4)

E. Cultivate a consciousness of the Lord's presence.  (Ps 23:4)

    Fear cannot live in the realized enjoyed presence of Christ.

F. We are to dwell deeply in the word of God.   (Heb 13:5-6)

G. Forget your fears and praise the Lord.

    The moment you begin to praise the Lord, fear will begin to shrivel.


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PART THIRTEEN (B)

GOD'S GIFT TO EVERY BELIEVER

(II Tim 1:1-12)


Introduction.

A. God's gift to every believer is the Holy Ghost.

B. There is no other doctrine taught in the bible that there is more confusion about than that of the Holy Spirit. If you can get this doctrine straight, then you won't have any trouble with the other doctrines.

C. We are going to look at the gift of the Holy Ghost and contrast that with what other people claim they have, and what they have experienced.


I. The Indwelling of The Holy Ghost.

A. He (the Holy Spirit) indwells us to relieve us from fear.   (II Tim 1:7-12)

      He delivers us from the fear of:

1. Persecution.    (:8)

2. Death.     (:9-10)

a. All of us, by nature, are afraid of death.

b. Death has been abolished.  (:10)

c. Life and immortality have been brought to light through the gospel.

3. Judgment.     (:12,18)

       Four things about the Apostle Paul.     (:l2)

a. What he had done- committed himself unto Him.

b. What he knew- whom he had believed.

c. What he was sure of- that the Lord was able to keep him.

d. The results of these:

1) He was very cheerful about "that day".

2) He was confident.

3) He was thankful.

4) He was very anxious.  (Phil 1:23)

B. He indwells us to endue us with power.

       (II Tim 1:7; Lk 24:49 cf Acts 1:8)

1. What is this power? It is the Holy Ghost himself.

2. Therefore; His power dwells within us- to manifest itself.

3. The only time Christ's power is manifested in us is as:

a. Power to witness of Him- not ourselves.

b. Power to be holy.

c. Power to be courageous.

d. Power to pray.

e. Power to die.

C. He indwells us to enrich us with love.

        The first mark of a Christian life is love.

D. He indwells us to enlighten us with sense. (I Cor 2:14)

       Sound judgment- discernment- knowing what is right and what is wrong.

 

 

II. What Is The Gift of The Holy Ghost?    (Acts 2:37-47) 

Introduction.

1. Peter is preaching.

a. Giving an explanation of Joel's prophecy.

b. Giving a proclamation concerning Him.

c. Giving an application concerning you.

2. The result of this preaching:

a. They were pricked (convicted) in their hearts.

b. And said to the Apostles, “what shall we do?”

c. Peter told them to:

1) Repent

2) Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

 3) Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

d. Who is this for?

   For you, and your children, and all that are afar off.

A. He was a promised gift.     (Jn 14:16)

1. Christ prayed to the Father.

2. He promised that God the Father would answer and send the Holy Ghost.

B. He is a powerful gift.     (Acts 2:2-4)

   Seven different emblems of the Holy Spirit.

1. He is the wind to waken.    (Acts 2:2; Jn 3:8)

2. He is the breath to give life.    (Gen 2:7; Ez 30:7)

3. He is water to cleanse and heal. (Ez 47:2-13; Jn 3:5; Ti 3:5)

4. He is the oil to anoint and enlighten. (Ps 23; I Jn 2:20)

5. He is fire to purge.  (Mt 3:11; Acts 2:3)

6. He is a seal.    (Eph 5:13)

                A seal means:

            a. A finished transaction.

            b. Ownership.

            c. Security.

7. He is an earnest pledged.    (Eph 1:14) 

C. He is a peculiar gift. (Acts 2:5-13)

1. Some were amazed.

2. Others mocked.

3. A person that is filled with the Spirit will be marked by men and the Devil.

a. Satan will seek to overthrow.

b. Men will scoff at them.

4. The peculiar features of the Holy Spirit.

a. He is holy.

b. He is loving.

c. He is true.

d. He is righteous.

5. Those who possess Him will be like Him.

6. Those who do not possess Him will not be like Him.

7. Things about the Holy Flame. (Acts 2:3+)

a. What kind of a flame was this?

1) It was a moral flame- it purified their hearts.

       One of the first things the Holy Ghost does in us is to purify us through the word of God.

2) It was an emotional flame. (:4)

3) It was an energizing flame- it brought action at once.

4) It was a uniting flame.

5) It was an illuminating flame.

6) It was an unhidden flame.  (:6)

7) It was a personal flame.     (:3)

b. The results of this Holy flame.

1) It moved the people.          (:6)

2) It convinced the people.     (:6)

3) It surprised the people.       (:7)

4) It made people think.          (:7)

5) It made people admire them. (:7)

6) It exalted God.                    (:11)

7) It made people enquire.      (:12)

8) It brought conviction.         (:37)

9) It produced seekers.            (:37)

10) It produced repentance.    (:38)

11) It brought obedience.        (:41)

12) It brought salvation.         (:41)

D. He is a prophetic gift.    (Acts 2:14-21)

1. Two “... I wills...”: (:17-18)

   In the last days I will pour out my Spirit.

a. Tells us the certainty of the promise.

b. Tells us of the sufficiency of the promise.

2. The five I wills of God's word.

a. The "I will" of salvation.             (Prov 1:23)

b. The "I will" of satisfaction.         (Is 44:3)

c. The "I will" of speaking.             (Joel 2:28)

d. The "I will" of supplication.        (Zech 12:l0; Ro 8:26)

e. The "I will" of super abundance.  (Mal 3:10)

E. He was a special purchased gift.        (Acts 2:22-28)

       One of the consequences of the work of Christ was the giving of the Holy Spirit.

F. The preliminaries to receiving the gift.   (Acts 2:38)

1. Repentance toward God.

2. Receiving Him- allowing Him to take charge of our body.

G. How do you get the Holy Spirit?

1. You get Him when you're saved.

2. You get His power when you obey Him.    (Acts 5:32)

H. The gift was proclaimed.       (Acts 2)

1. They received His word. (2:41)

2. They confessed the Lord in baptism.   (:41)

   Baptism is the only thing we can do as perfectly as Jesus did.

3. Communing with the Lord's people.   (:42)

4. Continuing in the truth of God.       (:42-46)

5. Consecration of all to the Lord.  (:45)

6. Praising God.      (:47)

7. Additions to the church.      (:47)



 

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A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST

(II Tim 2:1-5)


Introduction.

A. Many people have a difficult time living the Christian life because they do  not realize they are soldiers in an army; an army at war!

B. It is a war with Satan:

1. Righteousness against evil.

2. Light against darkness.

3. Right against wrong.

C. Therefore; we need to know how to be a good soldier.

 

 

I. A Soldier Must Be Strong.    (:1)

   Four things we ought to be strong in:

A. Faith.

B. Grace.

C. Prayer.

D. Determination.   (Dan 1:8)

 

 

II. Able To Instruct Others.     (II Tim 2:2)

   Four things about instructing others:

A. Train them for the ministry.

B. Ordain them.

C. Be watchful (that those trained are faithful).

D. Ordain men that will sincerely aim for:

1. The glory of God.

2. The honor of Christ.

3. The welfare of souls.

 

 

III. Able To Endure Hardness. (II Tim 2:3-6)

Three people are mentioned as examples of endurance:

A. A soldier. (:3)

B. An athlete. (:5)

C. An husbandman. (:6)

  A farmer or a worker of a vineyard.

1. Constant toil; there's always something needs done.

2. Early hours; every day.

3. Frequent disappointments (droughts, floods, etc.)

4. It takes infinite patience.

a. Not a thrilling life.

b. You have to wait for the harvest (crops don't come up immediately.)

c. Both blessing and disappointment come; and the same cycle can be seen in the building of a church.

 

 IV. He Must Not Entangle Himself In the Affairs of This World.

       (II Tim 2:4)

A. Affairs to avoid:

1. Business affairs.

     Working will ruin your preaching or preaching will ruin your working.

2. Political affairs.

3. Social affairs.

B. He must take great care to please his General.   (Heb 2:9)

 

V. A Good Soldier Must Observe the Spiritual Laws of Warfare.

       (II Tim 2:5)

    Rules of warfare.  (Mt 5:39-48; Ro 12:17-21; II Cor 10:4)

 

 VI. He Must Be Willing To Wait For Recompense.   (II Tim 2:5-6)

A. If we would be partakers of fruits- we must labor.     (:6)

    There are no shortcuts- we must work.

B. If we would gain the prize- we must run.   (:5)

C. If we would receive the promises- we must do God's will.

      (Heb 10:33-39)

     

VII. He Must Be Able To Suffer. (II Tim 2:8-13)

    Ways in which Paul suffered:

A. As an evil doer but wrongfully so.     (:9)

B. Cheerfully.     (:10)

 

 VIII. He Must Be A Student of the Word of God.       (:14-26)

A. He must be able to edify others.         (:14)

If we get in the pulpit with a discouraged air about us, that will be a discouragement to our congregation. We must have a positive attitude in order to edify others.

B. He must be able to rightly divide the word of truth.   (:15)

C. He must be able to shun foolish questions.         (:16-17)

D. He must be able to name and expose heretics.   (:17-21)

1. Expose their error.      (I Tim 1:20)

2. Reject them if necessary.    (Titus 3:9-10)

E. He must be able to conquer his own lusts.      (II Tim 2:22-23)

F. He must be able to deliver sinners out of the devil's snare.   (:24-26)



 

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A CALL FOR CONSTANCY AND PERSEVERANCE

(II Tim 2:1-6)


I. Timothy's Need.

  Paul knew that Timothy needed to learn two things:

A. Constancy. (To be faithful; to continue on.)

       The more active you are as a Christian, the less you will fall into temptation. An example is David's inactivity that led to his sin.

B. Perseverance.

       Our tendency is to fluctuate with the rise and fall of problems. We are to stand firm no matter what.  (Eph 4:12-14)

 

 

 

II. A Seven-Fold Description of the Believer.

A. As sons we are to be strong in the grace of Christ.         (II Tim 2:1)

1. Physically.

2. Spiritually.

3. They parallel each other in process from baby to adulthood.

B. As a soldier we are to be steadfast and disciplined.

      (:3-4; II Cor 11:23-29)

1. He must be prepared to leave home.

2. He must be prepared to endure fatigue.

3. He must be prepared to live on rations.

4. His duty comes before anything else. (II Tim 2:4; Ro 12:1-2)

C. As an athlete we are to strive according to the rules.      (II Tim 2:5)

1. These rules are found in the scriptures.   (I Cor 3:12-15 cf 9:24-27)

2. What we do that is parallel to the word of God will stand.

3. What we do that is not parallel to the word of God will be burned up.

       Six things are mentioned. (I Cor 3:12)

a. Three that won't burn- gold, silver, precious stones.

b. Three things that will be burned- wood, hay, stubble.

D. As a laborer we are to work for a harvest.      (II Tim 2:6)

1. The soil must be plowed, prepared and fertilized.

2. The seed must be sown.

3. The laborer will receive a reward- the harvest. 

E. As a workman we are to be skilled in using our tools.    (:15)

1. Our tool is the word of truth- God's Word.

2. To be approved of God we are to be able to handle His word right.

a. Is our attitude right about His bible.

b. Three things we must do:

1) We are to look it up- search the scriptures.         (Jn 5:39)

2) We are to let it (the word) in.     (Col 3:16)

3) We are to live it out.   (Titus 2:10)

F. As vessels we are to be consecrated.

    Clean and available for the Lord's use.    (II Tim 2:20-21)

1. Many vessels for many uses.

2. Some are made of common materials and some precious.

3. All must be clean.

4. All must be available for the master's use.

G. As servants we must be patient, gentle, kind and helpful.  (:23-26)

1. He must be a man of peace- not contentious.  (:25)

2. Avoiding foolish controversies.  (:23)

3. Don't argue; either win them to Christ or go on to the next man.    (Heb 6)

4. Don't get caught in the middle of two other people's problem.

      Don't take sides or let them use you to get back at each other.



 

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Pastoral Theology

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

ONE

 

 

 



 

 

THE

 

PASTORAL

 

BURN-OUT

 

PREVENTION

 

CALENDAR


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

THE

PASTORAL

BURN-OUT

PREVENTION

CALENDAR

 

 

(C) 2000 by Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk

 

 

 

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May NOT be reproduced and sold for profit.

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   The one-line precepts in this calendar have come from varied sources. Some are my own and others have been garnered from various sources and people over my seventeen years in the ministry. I have no way of knowing where some of them have originated; therefore, I have no way of giving credit to the original sources. I want to thank each one of them for allowing God to use them to help me over the years. I would, however, like to give particular credit to Dr. David Stevenson, under whom I served for 5 ½ years, because I do know that several came to me from him. Whether he was the original source, I do not know.


   Most of all I would like to give credit to God for giving all of the precepts, originally, in the scripture references from His Bible (KJV) that I have quoted with each precept.


   I present to you some of the precepts that have helped me maintain my sanity over the last seventeen years in the ministry. As time goes on this may be expanded to fill an entire month. Currently, however, this week’s worth will get you started.


   Use it like a calendar and read one each day of the week to reinforce the precept and the scripture reference in your mind. Constant use of the calendar will take them from temporary memory and eventually burn them into your permanent memory. Remember, repetition is the key, so use the calendar every week. And don’t forget the beginning and ending precepts for the week.





Dr. T.E. VanBuskirk

Pastor- Ogden Bible Baptist Church

Ogden Utah - March 2000



 

 


On the following pages are some biblical precepts to remember and practice daily in order to prevent pastoral burn-out.




Is 40:31

 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up

with wings as eagles; they shall run,

and not be weary; [and] they shall

walk, and not faint.

 

 

 


 

 


Precept for the beginning of the week:


PRAYER IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

 

but

WORK IS THE TOOL OF PROGRESS


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

SUNDAY


Remember,

you are not God.



You cannot do

everything, so delegate.


Num 11:16-17 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders

of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which [is] upon thee, and will put [it] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear [it] not thyself alone.

 

Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of

                the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business...

:6-7 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid [their]

hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly;

 

 


 

 

 

 

MONDAY

 


Duties never conflict.


 

So, in case of a seeming conflict in duties:

 

1. Prioritize

2. Quantitize

3. Exorcize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eccl 3:1-8 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


 


 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

 

 

Plan your work

then

work your plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Cor 14:33

For God is not the

author of confusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 


WEDNESDAY

 

God never asks you to do something without enabling you to do it.

 

 

 

Jn 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,

            the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

     15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you,

            that ye should go and bring forth fruit,

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye

shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I Cor 3:9 For we are labourers together with God:

 

 

 

 


 

 


THURSDAY

 

God turns all obstacles into opportunities.

 

Lk 18:27

And he said, The things

which are impossible with

men are possible with God.

 

 

 


 

 

 


FRIDAY

 

Sometimes the urgent outweighs the important.

 

 

Philippians 1:23-24

For I am in a strait betwixt two,

having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh

[is] more needful for you.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


SATURDAY

 

The Church belongs to God.

 

Remember, you are just the foreman in charge of carrying out the bosses’ orders.

 

I Cor 4:2

Moreover it is required

in stewards, that a man

be found faithful.

 

 

(At the end of your day, go to the next page

and read the precept for the end of the week.)


 

Precept for the end of the week:

 

When you’re feeling down and want to feel up, remember that

 

ACTIONS

PRECEDE

FEELINGS

 

 

Now flip back and start Sunday morning with the scripture

on page 2; then page 3 for the “Precept for the beginning of

the week;” and then start your week with Sunday’s page.


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

    I hope these will help you. There are many other precepts in the Bible that will help you prevent Pastoral (or for that matter, Christian) burn-out; these are just a few. Kick each day of the week off with the precept and scripture for that day and you will have at least a start to prepare you to face the rigors of the pastorate with God by your side and prevent the possibility of your burning-out in the ministry.

 

 

In Christ’s Love,

Dr. T.E. VanBsukirk