Throughout the Bible, there are clear warnings that as the world draws closer to the end of times there will be dark and difficult times. God continually warns His people that there are storms ahead and many will fall or "drift away." How should we respond to these warnings? We can live in denial or apply an optimism bias and ignore the warnings of a storm ahead or we can be prepared. In 1 Timothy 4:1-6, we find a clear warning about a future storm in which many will be "drifting away." How can we be anchored and ready for the deceitful and confusing times of our day?
Preparing for the Future Storm
How can you avoid drifting away from your faith?
January 5, 2020 • Pastor David Anglin • ADRIFT Series, 1 Timothy 4:1-6
Who Leads the Church
What is God's Plan to Shepherd His People? • December 1, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin
One of the greatest crises facing our nation today is the absence of trustworthy leaders. Those whose lives are marked by character and integrity. Leaders who are driven by the courage of their convictions rather than self-preservation, self-exaltation, and self-absorbed pride. Where do we see the greatest absence of faithful leaders? In short, everywhere! We see the failure and void of leadership in the government, in the corporate world, in the church, and even in the family. The problem is not primarily about education, organizational theory, or society's structures and institutions. The further our nation drifts from the Biblically informed moral convictions and values that once anchored society, the more toxic leaders have become. God has called believers to be committed to local churches that serve to highlight an example of what the Kingdom of Jesus is about. Churches that display what a healthy and loving community of people transformed by the Gospel of Jesus look like. With leaders that model and exemplify a version of Leadership that is distinctly and counter-culturally Christ-like. The Bible is not ambiguous or vague about what a church leader is to be like. In many churches, it seems popularity, personality, professionalism, and entertainment are the highest values. For others, a Pastor is like a personal chaplain and event planner serving at the beck and call of the club members. So who is supposed to lead a church and what qualifications must they have? In 1 Timothy 3, Paul gives Timothy clear instruction as to who qualifies to lead and even some of the structure a healthy church should have.
Gender Roles in Creation, Church, and Culture
How important are the roles of men and women in the Church? • November 17, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin
There are few passages of scriptures in the Bible that draw more confusion and disgust from people, inside and outside of churches, as 1 Timothy 2:12. "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet." What kind of chauvinistic, patriarchal, back-woods hate speech is this? How could a loving God tell women to be quiet? These verses fly in the face of everything our culture believes. These verses seem out of step with what most people think God's true will would be for humanity. In 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Paul gives Timothy insights into how believers living in a wicked and potentially hostile city or nation should respond. The plan does not involve running from the fight, nor surrendering to the influence of culture. In 1 Timothy 2:8-15, Paul gives Timothy an additional way that churches can display God's goodness and glory to their community. From the beginning of creation, God has given, both men and women, specific roles in which to function. God has ordered families and the church families to be structured and to operate in a distinct way to maximize human flourishing. These verses are in the Bible for a reason and there has never been a more urgent time for us to consider how God defines and orders gender, in the Creation, the Church, and Culture.