Sermons and Classes
WEDNESDAY CLASS: Richard Hoyt is continuing the archeology DVD series by Dr. Harvey Porter. This is a well-done series, and we discuss the lesson after each video presentation. Porter is a great speaker, and the pictures in his presentation are incredible (his wife is a professional photographer). We will be studying the lives of Old Testament heroes when this study is completed, beginning with Abraham.
NEEDS: We have had an unusual number of people with a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, surgeries, and problems. At this time of writing Larry Fox is recovering from back surgery and is doing well. Ella Quick is scheduled this next week to have mouth surgery to get at a severe infection. Dave Pickens is recovering from a fall that damaged his right foot and still cannot get a shoe on. Maelene Salmons has been sent back to her doctors for an evaluation on a pending gall bladder surgery. Audrey Gibson is trying to get clearance to go home from Timbers. Julie and Karl have a listing complete as of this morning, but that is an update as of Thursday. Please remember to take 15 minutes every day to write, call, or visit one of these folks.
INTRODUCTION — Definition: “What you belong to that shapes what you do and how you live.”
A. Usually used in reference to children.I. DOES YOUR VILLAGE PROVIDE A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD?
1. My children's village was the neighborhood, the church family, close friends, the schoolB. What is your village?
2. Grandparents were an issue.
3. We chose a Christian college to control “village.”
A. 2 Timothy 2:15 – 16 — Why do we have Bible study?II. DOES YOUR VILLAGE LIVE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES?
B. What dominates our homes, our cars?
C. Where do we go for recreation, relaxation?
A. Matthew 23:2 – 5III. DOES YOUR VILLAGE HAVE A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW?
1. Do people talk or work at it?B. Verses 23 – 28 — Emphasis isn't on worship acts
2. Atheists talk about the evil of religion — not its acts.
C. Philippians 2:12 – 16 — this is between you and God.
1. Lots of challenges in the world around usD. 1 Thessalonians5:12 – 22
1. Respect your village — be active in living for Christ.
2. Avoid every kind of evil.
A. Psalm 1:1 – 2 — do your surroundings make fun of God?IV. LIFESTYLE IS WHAT OUR VILLAGE IS ABOUT.
B. Philippians 4:11 — are the people around you content?
C. 1 Timothy 6:6 – 10 — what is the villages' view of money?
D. Titus 3:9 – 11 — see The Back Page below.
A. The Bible is about lifestyle.IV. ARE YOU PART OF GOD'S VILLAGE OR JUST LOOKING IN?
1. Proverbs 31:10 – 31 — WomenB. Follow the examples we all have before us.
2. 1 Timothy 3:2-13 — Elders and Deacons — all of us
1. Biblical examples — John 13:15.C. What is the lifestyle of this congregation?
2. Biblical heroes — Moses, Abraham, David
3. Paul — 1 Corinthians 11:1
A. Acts 2:42 – 47
1. People respect the Church but do not want to be a part of it. Why?
2. What is your view of what happens here?
THE BACK PAGE
Allan Michie tells the true story of Lord Halifax who was making a train trip from London to Bath and found himself seated between two sober-faced spinsters who did not speak to him or to each other in the entire long trip. Just before reaching Bath the train entered a long tunnel, and Lord Halifax put the back of his hand to his lips and made loud kissing noises. As the train entered daylight he looked from one to the other of the startled ladies, rose, tipped his hat and said “To which of you charming ladies am I indebted for that most delightful interlude?” Then he stepped out of the train leaving the two spinsters glaring suspiciously at each other.
When I am with Cynthia's two sisters — one of whom is a Republican Rush Limbaugh fan, and the other is a New Jersey flaming liberal Democrat — I am tempted to make a political comment and watch them get into a heated, abusive name-calling argument. What does God expect of me as a Christian? Jesus said in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Wherever we are, God expects us to be agents of love, peace, and reconciliation. Part of Christian maturity is growing to be able to do that in all situations.
— John Clayton