Be God's Family

Choose Leaders Wisely

July 31, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 5:22–25

We’ll finish what we started last week when we saw how to honor church leaders and if need be to discipline them. This week our focus is on selecting church leaders. This is especially relevant for our church as we are in the process of searching for new Ministers to serve on our staff and we are selecting new deacons. But the principles here apply to any time we choose someone for an important position or relationship in our life.

Regarding Church Leaders

July 24, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 5:17–25

In God’s family some people are called to lead the family. It is important for the church family to relate faithfully to those whom God has called. In this passage the apostle Paul instructed young Timothy regarding the support, correction, and selection of leaders in the church. Because this is God’s inspired Scripture, these words are also our guide regarding our church leaders.

Taking Care of Our Own

July 18, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 5:3–16

This is a lengthy passage on the care of widows. It lays out the responsibilities of the church and of families to care for the elderly among us who are in “genuine” need. While there is a great difference in the situation of widows between the first century and twenty-first century, there are important principles for us to understand both the heart and way of God for widows, churches, and families. This passage speaks to an important aspect of our mission “to love one another.”

In God’s Family

July 10, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 5:1–2

In these verses of Scripture, Paul instructs Timothy how to relate to the old and young, men and women, in the church. He says speak and relate to them like family. The church is God’s family and we are to learn to love and relate to one another as a healthy family. By doing this we build one another up, glorify our Father, and give a powerful witness to the world.

A Faithful Minister

June 12, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 4:11–16

Paul sent Timothy to minister in a difficult situation. In this passage, the apostle reminded the young minister of the priorities that would enable him to be a faithful minister. Whether we are a minister or a church member, these words remind us of the priorities of a faithful ministry that honors God and is blessed by Him. These are the priorities we should support in our ministers and emulate in our own lives as God gives us opportunity to minister in His church.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

June 5, 2022 • Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 4:6–10

The apostle Paul instructed Timothy how he could be a good servant of Christ Jesus in a challenging situation. Timothy had a unique calling from the Lord but the fact every Christian is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, Paul's encouragement to Timothy applies to us also no matter where or in what way the Lord has called us to serve Him.

The Church's One Foundation

May 22, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 3:14–16

This passage gives the reason for the apostle’s writing this letter, the reason we have this part of God’s inspired word. It is so that “people will know how to conduct themselves in the household of God.” The letter is written so that we will know how to conduct ourselves as God’s family, His church. We will see that our conduct arises from who we are in Christ and what we believe about Christ. In this short passage we have a beautiful description of who we are as the church and a concise statement of the belief that shapes us.

A Few Good Men

May 15, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 3:8–13

This passage describes the character needed in men who serve the church as Deacons. The word deacon literally means servant or minister. The deacons are men who love God and serve His church in whatever way necessary to help it progress in His purpose. We will not only study about Deacons on Sunday but we will open the process to nominate new men to join our Deacon Ministry Team. Pray for the men who are now serving as Deacons and that God will add to their number a few more good men.

A Noble Work

May 1, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 3:1–7

As we continue our journey through 1 Timothy, our focus now turns toward those who are called to lead (overseers) and serve (deacons) the church. This week's passage is concerned with the overseer or pastor. While these verses give us some insight into the work of an overseer, the primary focus is on the character needed in a man who serves as an overseer of God's church. Whatever one's role of service may be, character matters with God and is essential for faithful service to Him and His church.

Worship that Exalts and Edifies

April 24, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 2:8–15

1 Timothy is instruction for how God's people should conduct themselves as His church (see 1 Timothy 3:15). Chapters 2 and 3 deal with the worship of the church. The verses we will focus on this Sunday have been the subject of some debate in the church over the last few years. However, if we correctly understand and practice the timeless truths they contain, they will help us to worship God in a way that exalts Him and edifies those who are present.

God Our Savior

April 10, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 2:1–7

Savior is a title we normally use in connection with Jesus Christ. But in 1 Timothy 2:3 it is applied to God (meaning “God the Father”). Salvation begins with the Father who loves sinners and desires their salvation. It continues with the Son who came in obedience to the Father’s will to provide the way of salvation for us. Salvation is a work of God in all His being—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a precious gift for us to receive and a then offer to others as God our Savior has called us to do.

First of All Pray

April 3, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 2:1–7

This passage begins to address some matters related to how a church should worship. It begins with prayer. We might be tempted to relegate prayer to places of unimportance but Scripture, therefore God, elevates it to the place of first importance. These verses instruct us concerning a way that "pleases God our Savior." Our ears ought to perk up when we hear these words. May our hearts desire to learn what pleases God so that we can put it into practice.

Fight the Good Fight

March 27, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 1:18–20

Paul encouraged Timothy to fight the good fight as he served the Lord Jesus in a challenging situation. This encouragement to Timothy is applicable to every Christian who is serving Jesus in this world. It is at times a fight but it is a "good" fight worthy of faithful effort and promising great reward.

The Power of the Gospel

March 20, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 1:12–17

The apostle Paul never ceased to be amazed that God saved such a "notorious" sinner as him and made him a messenger of the good news to others. The grace of God that saves and transforms sinners is amazing! We need to receive it and rejoice in it. The more we contemplate the power of the gospel in our lives the more joyful we will be and the more eager we will be to share it with others.

Guard the Truth

March 13, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 1:3–11

As God's family, the church, we have been entrusted with God's truth in Scripture. This passage "charges" us to diligently guard the truth we have been entrusted from distortion and faithfully proclaim it for God's purposes and glory.