We must give careful consideration to biblical leadership because God has structured His church in such a way that He receives the most glory, the gospel advances the most efficiently, and His people are the most well-cared for. 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Acts 6:1-7 The Bible gives two offices of leadership in the church: 1. Elders…
Church membership must be a priority for Christians because God has not only called us into a convenantial relationship with Himself, but also with others.
God has given local churches authority over matters affecting doctrine and membership.
David describes the prayer for military victory offered for him by the people before he leads the armies of Israel into battle. (Steven J. Lawson) Psalm 20 / John 16:33 Goal#1 – We ought to have full confidence of victory when praying for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. Goal#2 – That advancement should be a single minded concern of the Church. 1)…
The revelation of God must drive you to humility and holiness. How does God reveal Himself? 1) General revelation: what has been made (1-6) 2) Special revelation: written and incarnate Word (7-14)
Because of what God has done in our past, supplies for us presently, and promises for the future our lives should be filled with praise. Three keys to a praise-filled life: 1. Recall God’s dealings in your past 2. Consider God’s sufficiency for your present 3. Ponder God’s wisdom for your future
Confidence in prayer is directly linked with how we live and what we believe. Three essentials for confidence in prayer: 1) Confidence in prayer flows from a blameless life (1-5) 2) Confidence in prayer flows from a deep well (6-12) 3) Confidence in prayer flows from a hope-filled expectation (13-15)
Your faithfulness to God depends upon whether or not you believe God exists and will do what He’s promised.
Because of the Gospel, patterns of holiness are typical for members of the body of Christ, i.e. there are certain marks (evidences) of a true believer. 1) The Question: Who may enter God’s presence? (1) 2) The Answer to the question: Those who bear the marks of a holy Life (2-5a) 3) The Promise: The true believer’s assurance (5b)