Paul's letter to his protege
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEN AND WOMEN: 1 Timothy 2:8-10
June 28, 2020 • Brett Baggett
1 TIMOTHY 2:8-10 8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
WHAT WOMEN MUST AND MUST NOT DO IN THE CHURCH: 1 Timothy 2:11-15
August 16, 2020 • Brett Baggett
OUTLINE I. WHAT WOMEN MUST AND MUST NOT DO IN THE CHURCH I) Women must learn (v. 11a) II) Women must not teach men nor exercise authority over men in the church (v. 11b-12) II. WHY WOMEN MUST AND MUST NOT DO CERTAIN THINGS IN THE CHURCH I) God’s created order (v. 13) II) Eve was deceived (v. 14) III. THE CHIEF WAY CHRISTIAN WOMEN ARE SAVED FROM EVE’S SINFUL STIGMA (v. 15) Married women: Titus 2:3-5 gives you a clear pattern to follow. Titus 2:3-5 "3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." Single women: take Phoebe as your example. Romans 16:1-2 "1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well."
A PASTOR MUST BE QUALIFIED: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
October 11, 2020 • Brett Baggett
An Overseer must have the DESIRE, CHARACTER, DILIGENCE, EXPERIENCE, REPUTATION, and GIFTEDNESS necessary to fulfill the noble task of shepherding the flock of God that He obtained with His own blood. INTRODUCTION I) The words Overseer, Elder, and Pastor are used interchangeably in the New Testament (1 Peter 5:1-2) II) There must be a plurality of Pastors (Acts 20:17) III) Pastors must train up pastors (2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5) IV) Women are not pastors (1 Timothy 2:12) V) Pastors must meet the God-breathed qualifications and be appointed by Pastors (Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 4:4; 1 Timothy 5:22; Acts 13:3) I. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE DESIRE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 1) II. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE CHARACTER NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 2-3) III. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE DILIGENCE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 4-5) IV. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 6) V. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE REPUTATION NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 7) VI. AN OVERSEER MUST HAVE THE GIFTEDNESS NECESSARY TO SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD (v. 2)
A DEACON MUST BE QUALIFIED: 1 Timothy 3:8-13
December 20, 2020 • Brett Baggett
If the Church is going to make disciples of all nations and bear one another’s burdens, we must have Deacons who assist the Pastors in serving the body. Yet Deacons must be qualified. INTRO: SIX FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS CONCERNING DEACONS I) The word deacon means simply means “servant” II) Every Christian is to be a “servant” but there are some appointed as “Servants” of local churches III) Deacons are not the same thing as Elders, Pastors, Overseers IV) The pastors of Ekklesia Muskogee believe both men and women can be appointed as a Deacon/Deaconess V) Churches approve Deacons, and Pastors appoint them VI) The job description of Deacons is simply to serve and care for the church in ways that enable the Pastors to care for the church through the Word and prayer I. DEACONS MUST BE GENERALLY QUALIFIED (vv.8-10) I) Deacons must be dignified II) Deacons must not be double-tongued III) Deacons must not be addicted to much wine IV) Deacons must not be greedy for dishonest gain V) Deacons must have good doctrine and a clear conscience VI) Deacons must be tested and proved to be blameless II. DEACONESSES MUST BE SPECIFICALLY QUALIFIED (v.11) I) Deaconesses specifically must not be slanderers II) Deaconesses specifically must be sober-minded III) Deaconesses specifically must be faithful in all things III. DEACONS MUST BE SPECIFICALLY QUALIFIED (v.12) I) Deacons specifically must a one-women man II) Deacons specifically must manage their children III) Deacons specifically must manage their own household well IV. DEACONS AND DEACONESSES WHO SERVE WELL ARE HONORABLE AND CONFIDENT (v.13) I) Deacons and Deaconesses who serve well are to be honored II) Deacons and Deaconesses who serve well have great confidence in the faith If the Church is going to make disciples of all nations and bear one another’s burdens, we must have Deacons who assist the Pastors in serving the body. Yet deacons must be qualified. Q. Do you want disciples made and saints cared for? A. Then we must have qualified deacons.
JESUS' CHURCH IS A PILLAR AND BUTTRESS FOR THE TRUTH: 1 Timothy 3:14-16
February 21, 2021 • Brett Baggett
The Church must behave in a specific way because we belong not to ourselves, but to the living Jesus Christ. Our main behavior is the proclamation of the truth that is in Christ Jesus, as we are a pillar and buttress of the truth.
SOME WILL DEPART FROM THE FAITH: 1 Timothy 4:1-5
April 11, 2021 • Brett Baggett
BIG IDEA: Some who at one time professed to be Christians will depart from the faith and their departure may be much more subtle and far more dangerous than it at first seems. I. SOME WHO PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS WILL DEPART FROM THE FAITH (v. 1a) II. APOSTATES DO NOT ALWAYS PROFESS TO BE DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH, BUT THEY DO INDEED DEPART (v. 2a) III. FALSE TEACHING AND FALSE RELIGION ARE DEMONIC IN NATURE (v. 2a) IV. FALSE TEACHERS, WHO TEACH FALSE DOCTRINE DO NOT EVEN CARE THAT THEY ARE LYING BECAUSE THEIR CONSCIENCES ARE SEARED (v. 2a) V. FALSE TEACHERS ADD AND TAKE AWAY FROM THE SCRIPTURES—THEY ADD COMMANDS AND TAKE AWAY BLESSINGS OR THEY ADD FAKE BLESSINGS AND TAKE AWAY COMMANDS (v. 3) VI. GOD IS TO BE GLORIFIED IN RECEIVING HIS BLESSINGS AND OBEYING HIS COMMANDS, WHICH ARE LAID OUT IN THE WORD OF GOD (v. 4)
A GOOD SERVANT OF CHRIST JESUS (pt.1): 1 Timothy 4:6-9
June 6, 2021 • Brett Baggett
1 TIMOTHY 4:6-9 I. A good servant of Christ Jesus reminds God’s people of the dangers of false teachers (v. 6a) 1 Timothy 4:6a “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus,” II. A good servant of Christ Jesus nourishes himself on the scriptures (v. 6b) 1 Timothy 4:6b “being trained (nourished) in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.” III. A good servant of Christ Jesus avoids silly myths (v. 7a) 1 Timothy 4:7a “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.” IV. A good servant of Christ trains himself for godliness (v. 7b) 1 Timothy 4:7b “Rather train yourself for godliness;” V. Why does a good servant train himself for godliness? (v. 8-9) 1 Timothy 4:8-9 “8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.”