Your Foundation, Your Friendships, Your Fellowship, Your Future, Your Forgiveness
Your Foundation - Possibly False or Proven Fruit? (Repentance and its effect in life … Congruent Christian Living, and the Work of the Holy Spirit)
Your Future - Meaningless Fate or Merciful Father? (God in control, even in suffering and trials — Throwing in towel. Failure is not Final.)
Your Friendships - Filled with Rivalry or Fed by Humility? (Interpersonal Relationships)
Your Fellowship - Your Future in your Local Church.
Your Forgiveness - Maintenance of Relationships, in every area of life.
Forgiveness from the Guilt - neither do I condemn you. How we respond to what God gives to us. (Forgiveness FREES from the guilt, and
changes the guilty. God remakes, renews, says he will remember no more)
Forgiveness for the Guilty - How we respond to others, based on how God has forgiven us.
Overview of Romans 6 to 8 – A.J. Higgins
Romans 6 – Phil Coulson
vv 1-14 Shall we Continue in Sin?
My Position in Christ Forbids it
Sin, the Monarch, has been Dethroned
vv 15-23 Shall we Sin Because we are Under Grace? Principles Applied
The Principle of Spiritual Life Forbids it
From Sin, the Master, we have been Liberated
Romans 7 – Matthew Cain
vv 1- 6 Our Present Relationship to Law
The Law and the Sinner
vv 7-13 The Perfect Righteousness of the Law The Law & Sin
vv 14-25 The Profound Recognition about the Law The Law and the Saint
Romans 8:1-17 – Shawn St. Clair
vv 1-11 Our Standing in Grace – A Look Back
vv 12-17 The Secret of Growth – A Look at the Present
Romans 8:18-39 – A.J. Higgins
vv 18-21 A Sight of Glory – A Look Ahead
vv 22-27 A Scene of Groaning – A Look Around & Within
vv 28-39 Sovereignty and its Guarantee – A Look Above
The GIVING of the Spirit – Matthew Cain
What is Baptism in the Spirit?
The GUEST Who Resides Within – Sandy Higgins
What are the practical implications of having a Holy Person residing within me?
The GIFTS of the Spirit – Matthew Cain
Do the miraculous sign gifts still function today?
The GIFTS of the Spirit – Sandy Higgins
What is our responsibility with what the Spirit has given?
The GOVERNING of the Spirit – Sandy Higgins
What does it mean that the Scriptures are inspired? How does the Spirit help us to understand the Scriptures now?
Question and Answer Session
The GIFT & GUARANTEE of the Spirit –Sandy Higgins
Why has God given us this great gift?
GROWTH through the Spirit – Matthew Cain
What is the Spirit of God trying to accomplish in my life? How does he do it?
The GUIDANCE of the Spirit – Sandy Higgins
What does it mean to be led by the Spirit? How does this come into play in the meetings of the church?
Question and Answer Session
"How is a young Christian to live in today’s world?” This is actually not a new question. Many of the same challenges, temptations, opportunities and threats that we face today had their roots and were already spreading their influence back in the first century of Church history. In that context, one of the greatest teachers the Church has ever known – the apostle Paul – picked up his pen to write to a young man to provide a comprehensive answer to this very question.
Paul was nearing the end of his service. Timothy was a young man faced with the challenge of carrying on in service for God amidst many challenges and hindrances. Paul writes to Timothy to instruct him on how a person ought to conduct himself in the house of God (3:15). In providing this teaching, Paul covers a broad, diverse range of subjects within the letter that we know as First Timothy. The teaching ranges from
- salvation (1:15) to submission (2:11-12)
- conscience (1:5, 1:19, 3:9, 4:2) to contentment (6:6)
- prayer (2:1-2, 2:8) to purity (5:22)
- modesty (2:9) to materialism (6:5-10)
- fighting (6:12) to fleeing & following (6:11)
- greed (6:9-10) to Godliness (2:2, 3:15, 4:7-8, 6:3, 6:5, 6:6, 6:11)
Your may feel that this is a very comprehensive range of topics – and that’s just the point! – if a young Christian is going to survive in today’s world, he or she will need the Scriptures applied to every area of his or her life – it’s not that there is a tiny little “spiritual” compartment away over in one corner of my life where Scriptural teaching is relevant, and then a broad swath of my existence where I’m basically free to steer my own course. That may be how many believers actually live, but it’s not how we ought to live. Scriptural teaching applies to the entirety of my life – touching every corner and affecting every interest, ambition, pursuit and activity. It is equally concerned with the way I behave at school as it is with the way I function in the assembly meetings. Its instructions affect what I do and where I go on Friday night just as much as on Sunday mornings.
Our purpose this weekend will be to take a fresh look at Paul’s first letter to Timothy to examine the teachings that the great apostle felt were essential for Timothy to grasp in order to survive and thrive as a young man serving God. It is our prayer that all who attend the weekend’s meetings will take these teachings to themselves, and recognize that these same lessons are absolutely imperative for all of us to learn if we are to be the men and women that God would have us be in this dark, wicked, diabolically-energized age.
We will take up the letter one chapter at a time, and try to focus on the key lessons to learn from each chapter. We encourage you to attend the meetings if you can, and take up the challenge originally given to young Timothy (6:12) to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life!”