Adrift- 1 Timothy Series
Finding an Anchor in an Age of Drift
Who Should You Believe?
How to spot a false teacher. • February 16, 2020 • Pastor David Anglin
Every day we are saturated with hundreds to thousands of messages from hundreds to thousands of messengers. Some are bold and powerful while others are subtle but no less potent. Many messages are easy to ignore but others can be deceptively persuasive evoking emotions or impressions upon our psyche that slip past our self-developed filters. One of the greatest challenges of living in an age of limitless information is discerning what messages or beliefs are true and which ones are false. Who should we believe and who should we not believe? In 1 Timothy 6:3-10, the believers who lived in the city of Ephesus were faced with the same challenge. They may not have had to deal with limitless access to limitless information in their pocket or hand, but they, like us, had to discern between fake truth and real truth. They had to learn to discern between impressive false teachers and those who taught the truth. How do you know who to believe? How do you determine between those who are trustworthy and those who are not? Here is a Tip: None of us are nearly as discerning and wise as we may think we are. We all need help seeing clearly and 1 Timothy 6 gives us some desperately needed tools.
Why are Churches so Unhealthy?
Health in Leaders and Churches • February 2, 2020 • Pastor David Anglin
Jesus said it is those who are sick that are in need of a doctor (or hospital) not the healthy. Jesus was referring to the sinners and trouble-makers he was spending time with as the sick. He was calling the prideful and self-righteous religious leaders, the healthy ones. In reality, Jesus knew the Pharisees needed his help just as bad as the “sinners” they looked down on. If you carry Jesus's statement a bit further, one could call the church a hospital for the sick. If the church is a hospital then we should not expect it to be a place for perfect people. A church is a place where the sick and hurting can experience help and healing. If a church is full of people at different stages of health, in the process of being transformed by Jesus, the Great Physician, then it is going to be messy. In 1 Timothy 5:17-25, Paul gives some important instructions regarding the health and leadership of a church. He covers some important topics including should elders be paid, what if they are accused of wrongdoing, how to select them. The passage also gives some important insights on the desperate need for people to have and use discernment. If you have been hurt by a bad church experience or find it difficult to trust Pastors, elders, or others in a church this passage is for you.
Being a Leader Worth Following
January 19, 2020 • Pastor David Anglin
Many people have an expectation that they have a right to voice their opinion and when they speak people should listen. The assumption is that leadership and influence are an automatic right and anyone who declares themselves a leader ought to be respected. Others see leadership as something to be earned and obtained over time with age and experience. Once a person has paid their dues and earned their position to have leadership and influence then their position must be protected and never passed on. We usually see these false views of leadership displayed and the age-old tension between generations. “Older people have always found it difficult to accept young people as responsible adults in their own right, let alone as leaders. And young people are understandably irritated when their elders keep reminding them of their immaturity and inexperience and treat them with contempt.” -John Stott Being older does not guarantee one should have influence nor does youth exclude the possibility of leadership and influence. Many people have gifts, talents, and dreams of great things. The greatest danger comes when a leader's giftedness or ambition leads them further than their character can sustain them. “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them (Proverbs 11:3).” In 1 Timothy 4:11-16, Paul is challenging Timothy to be the leader God has called him to be. Additionally, Paul challenges Timothy to not let age or youthfulness be a self-defeating excuse or a label for others to disqualify him with. Here we can gain some great insight into what it means to be a leader worth following.
Preparing for the Future Storm
How can you avoid drifting away from your faith? • January 5, 2020 • Pastor David Anglin
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?
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.
Adrift (part 1)
Finding an Anchor in an Age of Drift • October 20, 2019 • Pastor David Anglin
The currents of change have always been flowing. We live in a time where those currents seem to be picking up speed with each passing day. There has never been a time in our country where the moral and spiritual foundations of society have shifted more rapidly. Christians and the Churches they attend are increasingly divided as to what the Bible teaches in areas of morality, gender roles, and even heaven, hell, and salvation. Few churches have any resemblance to a historic and Biblical orthodoxy (right beliefs) or orthopraxy (right practice). We are living in an "Age of Drift." Individuals and families are being tossed and turned in the waves of variant secular views, shallow Biblical knowledge, and moral chaos. Is there an anchor that can stabilize our unbelief, fickleness, confusion, and our weakness? In the First Century, there was a man named Timothy. Timothy, a disciple of Paul, was given the difficult task of leading the church of Ephesus through a similarly turbulent time. The city of Ephesus was a very immoral city and the Ephesian Church had many false teachers confusing and corrupting the believers. In that context, Paul sent Timothy a letter with vital instruction to anchor the church in a turbulent time.