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Messages from Youth Pastor Tim Russell

God’s Words: In Our Heart and Taught Diligently

Common Problems in the Christian Home • May 24, 2020 • Bro. Tim Russell

Problems in the Christian Home are generally caused by... * Lack of Biblical training - A child’s spiritual training is on the parents. Make everything Biblical. * Lack of Communication * Lack of Intervention * Lack of Consistency

Last Days Living - SUN PM

Signs of the Last Days • May 10, 2020 • Bro. Tim Russell

2Timothy 3:1-9   This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. Signs of the Last Days: More and more people will become… * Self-centered: lovers of self, wealth, and pleasure * Arrogant and proud: * Godless: blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, empty-religionists * Relationally toxic: disobedient to parents, trucebreakers, false accusers, without natural affection * Unruly: Incontinent, fierce, haters of good, traitors, heady or reckless * Misled: Women today being misled more than in the past, people are ever learning but staying spiritually blind; Applications: To avoid becoming like wicked men, we must… * Know that God will reveal false teachers for who they are * Turn away from sinful reprobates; don’t allow wickedness affect the culture of the local churches * Follow the examples of faithful, godly men * Expect trouble to come; don’t be blindsided by opposition and attack * Cheer up… things will only get worse and worse! * Stay faithful in Truth!

A Right Way and a Wrong Way - MIDWEEK

Dealing with Conflict • April 15, 2020 • Bro. Tim Russell

**2Timothy 23-26** *But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.* **Proverbs 26: 21** *As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.* **Ephesians 4:1-3**  *I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.* **Ephesians 4:29** *Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.* * Avoid unnecessary conversations that leads to further conflict… whenever possible (v24a, …the servant of the Lord must not strive) * Be gentle (v24b) * Instead of criticizing, be a teacher (v24c) - People are watching! Conflict is an opportunity to teach people. * Be patient (v24d) - Be tolerant. * These responses create meekness (v25a) * To the end that God will draw them to repentance so that they might come to know Truth, and thereby escape the snares of Satan (v25b, 26)

Stability in Truth

God Knows His Children and His Children are Clean • April 5, 2020 • Bro. Tim Russell

**2Timothy 2:19-22** *Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.* **Numbers 16:5** *And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.* **Matthew 10:29** *Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.* 1. God knows His children! - He knows our fears and concerns, on a very intimate level 2. God's children are clean - Born-again believers should flee from sin! - A clean Christian overcomes the past (don't look back!) - Romans 2:11; Psalm 103:12 - A clean Christian purges sin from our life - Confess and then forsake. This is true repentance. Practice DAILY personal cleansing! Then He will accept us as vessels unto honor! - Clean Christians are to sanctify themselves (keep themselves separated from sin). - We are then prepared for use!

Revealing the Lies

Beware Our Deceitful, Seducing, and Demonic World • March 8, 2020 • Bro. Tim Russell

Paul teaches us to take out the trash, e.g., * Pointless debates * Doctrinal perversions (heresy) * Cultural perversions and confusion (substances, perverted sexuality and immorality, identity, etc.) The Truth of the Word reveals the lies of the World! - How do we discover the Truth? * Study the Word - do your very best (a workman who is not ashamed) * Rightly dividing the Word - Beware manipulating scripture to supposed say what it does not say! * Faithfully sit under the preaching of Godly pastors and teachers

The Church Member Personality Test

Identify Where You are in the Realm of Servanthood • December 29, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

* The Leadership - Faithful men doing the work, e.g., Luke and Mark - The deserters, e.g., Demas who loved this present world - The faithful, but called elsewhere, e.g., Crescens, Titus, and Tychicus * The Congregation - Faithful servants - Previously faithful, but now unavailable (health, age, etc.) - Those who are harmful to the ministry e.g., Alexander the Coppersmith - The other brethren

Keep Up the Good Work

Preserving Genuine Christianity in a Ever-more Wicked Culture • October 27, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

Consistency in… * Learning and Teaching the Inspired Scriptures * Making the Word of God our Identity and Worldview * Continuing to follow Godly Examples

Cause and Effect

The Gospel is the Ultimate Motivating Factor for Christianity • August 25, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

SUNDAY MORNING SERMON Four effects (consequences) of one cause (promoting the Gospel) * v3-ENDURING HARDNESS We should not faint when enduring difficulty and persecution. Christians are now in the battle; this life is the difficult part of our Christian experience. * v4-AVOID DISTRACTIONS No soldier allows himself to become entangled in worldly affairs * v5-FOLLOW THE RULES We must strive lawfully. We follow Jesus’ commands and precepts in our spiritual warfare. 1Corinthians 9:25-27 * v6-IF WE EXPECT THE PRIZE, WE HAVE TO DO THE WORK Proverbs 6:6-11 v7-10-THE CAUSE IS THE GOSPEL!

You've Got a Friend In Me

Kings Character and IMPACT Awards Night • May 15, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

A Family Heirloom

Three Truths about Spiritual Strength • May 5, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

How to be a Good Church Member

Where are We on the Spectrum of Christian Behavior • March 3, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

How to be a good church member... * Be a faithful Christian, making God your utmost priority * Be an encouraging and uplifting Christian * Be a serving Christian, sharing the burden

Hold Fast!

A Charge to be Faithful • January 6, 2019 • Bro. Tim Russell

Value and Protect the Truth

Cherishing, Keeping, and Teaching God’s Word • December 9, 2018 • Bro. Tim Russell

Five Facts About Truth 1. Truth is precious 2. Truth is life-changing 3. Truth doesn’t change; people do 4. Truth has always been and will always be superior to human knowledge 5. Truth is worth more than life itself!

A Simple Math Equation

God’s Equation Regarding Money and Material Things • September 9, 2018 • Bro. Tim Russell

1-Don’t let money make us arrogant 2-Don’t trust in money... but God 3-Be charitable in wealth and good works 4-Invest more in Heavenly retirement

Six Markers of Messed-up Preachers

The Critical Need for Ecclesiastical Separation • August 15, 2018 • Bro. Tim Russell

####Six Markers of Messed-up Preachers * Arrogant * Ignorant * Undermines Scripture * Divisive, Purveyor of Strife * Apostate * Lover of Money ####Three Simple Truths to Identify Heretics * What they say is NOT found or supported in Scripture * Their teachings do not promote godliness * They associate with other heretics