Topic: Sanctification

Bible Text: 1 Timothy 6:1-2 | Preacher: Adam Gibbs | Series: 1 Timothy - The Rules for God's House As we come into this next chapter we find Paul continuing the challenge which he began back in chapter 4 when he exhorted to be an example of believers. Through our words and actions, we demonstrate the victory that is found in God’s Word and our Lord Jesus Christ, and all through chapter 5 we have been developing that our devotion to God is authenticated to God and to others by our love for others (Andy Stanley). We can point to the path and key victory by our care. Galatians 6:1–2 AV Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Our victory in Jesus is seen through the quality of our resulting relationships. James 3:17–18 AV But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. As you grow in your walk with the Lord you should see, more and more, that the social aspects of the faith are of a fundamental importance. If we, the house of God, are to fulfil our purpose we must realise that our demonstration of this victory will surpass these wall. Now as we come into chapter 6 Paul addresses one of the first places that will test our resolve as the members of God’s house.  The victory found in God’s Word and in Jesus is to revolutionize every area of our life, including at work.

The Rule Regarding Employment

Bible Text: 1 Timothy 5:21-25 | Preacher: Adam Gibbs | Series: 1 Timothy - The Rules for God's House After addressing these other things, the need to provoke each other to love and good works, the need to support those who are weak through provision and direction, and then the need to take watch care over the leadership; Paul now challenges Timothy with the charge to watch yourself. There is a fine line that is drawn, and an arduous balancing act that takes place within our spiritual walks and the life of a church. We demonstrate our faith through the compassion we show towards each other, but as Tozer alluded, corporate religion is only perfected through private religion. We must be a Martha in action, but that action must be conducted with the heart of Mary. Let us be active while sitting at the feet of Jesus. We must be calling others to lives of holiness, while also being attentive to our own personal holiness. (See also: 1 Corinthians 10:12; Matthew 26:41; 1 Peter 5:8)

The Rule Regarding Care – Watch Yourself

Bible Text: Hebrews 12:1-3 | Preacher: Adam Gibbs Athletes train, pushing themselves to the brink of exhaustion all for an event that lasts but for a few moments. A few years ago documentary drama was released about an African American US track and field athlete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was a natural athlete, and would go on to set records that would take almost 25 years to beat. He ran the 100 metre sprint in 10.2 seconds earning the title, “The Fastest Man Alive.”  Since then many have beat his record earning this title, but at that time no man could catch him. The newest record was set by a Jamaican in 2009 at 9.58 seconds. It has been said that he is so fast that he had time to slow down and smile for the camera as he would go on to run the 100 metre semi-finals at the Olympics in under 10 seconds. These men are incredible athletes. But what goes into being able to win the title, “The Fastest Man on Earth”? There are many hours of training, but within that training, they learn the most important part of running a successful race. They must get ready, get set, and go. They need to cast aside everything that would hinder their ability. There are many distractions as they enter that monstrous stadium. There will be people yelling and screaming, some to encourage others to discourage. They will be surrounded by other runners, each who is the fastest from their respective schools or countries. It can be intimidating, but they must block it all out and focus on one thing, THE FINISH LINE. There are similarities to living a successful life of faith in Christ and these earthly races. The Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to write: 1 Corinthians 9:26–27 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Now we come to another passage where the Holy Spirit directed the author to equate the life of a believer with a race. And as we come to this practical and challenging passage we see that it begins with the word “Wherefore…”, a compound word that draws a conclusion of emphasis. The author is coming to the climax of his argument that began back in chapter 10. A passionate appeal for unwavering loyalty to Christ with the promise of better things to come. Hebrews 10:35-36 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Through the past year, God has done some incredible things in our lives, and the life of this church. By God’s grace, you have been renewed with a new passion for the work of the Gospel in your life and in the lives of those around you. And so now as we may take time to ponder what God has accomplished in our lives this past year, and begin to prepare for what lies ahead in 2018, let us turn our attention to the challenge made by our Lord through the author of Hebrews.

Ready, Set, and Go

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17 | Preacher: Adam Gibbs The words translated as “new creature” in verse 17 carries the meaning of something that is not “new” in time, but “new” in form or quality. It implies a new nature quite different from anything previously existing.[i] What Paul is stating, is that the one who is “in Christ” has literally entered a whole new type of life, a life that is “hid with Christ in God”. Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Paul lived in the present reality that on the Damascus road Saul was replaced by Paul. He was given not just a new lease on life; he was given a new life. Paul basked in the truth that every day in Christ he was a new him. [i] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 309). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

In Christ, A New Creature