First Glance: Jude

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, and a brother of James, to those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: (Jude 1) Tucked into the address of Jude 1 is a beautiful picture of salvation. Jude describes the believers who received his letter in three ways. First, they are those who…

First Glance: 1 Peter 5

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve.” (1 Peter 5:2) One evening about ten years ago, as part of a high school mission trip, I…

First Glance: 1 Timothy 3:8-13

“Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 3:13 It seems rare to find someone genuinely excited to serve in church leadership. Many elders and deacons sigh when ‘their turn’ comes around. We all do the work well, but the work can be…

Sermon: A Noble Task

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, January 10, 2016] I invite you to open your bibles to 1 Timothy 3:1-7. 1 Timothy is in the New Testament, coming after 1-2 Thessalonians, and before 2 Timothy, Titus, and Hebrews. 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Last week we began a series on leadership within the church. Last week we…

Sermon: Many Gifts

I’m excited this morning. It’s good to be back here with you. It’s good to see your faces. But I’m also excited because as we kick off 2016, we will be listening together and pondering God’s word about leadership in the church – elders, deacons – who they are and what is our relationship to…