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        April 24, 2022 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        Join us for biblical reflection and prayer as we praise, thank, and seek the Lord together.
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        Puritans: All to the Glory of God

        May 1, 2022 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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        Bible Reading Plan

        April 24, 2022 - 9:00 AM - May 1, 2022 - 11:00 AM
        Join us as we spend time in 1 Chronicles, Psalms, and 2 Samuel.
  • All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name (Coronation)
  • A Mighty Fortress
  • My Anchor Holds
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13 ESV
    12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
    John Calvin & Jonathan Edwards
    Those over you are those who are God-called, Holy Spirit enabled, Christ-following shepherds given to the church to lead, instruct counsel, warn, and protect. The bread, water, sword and shield that are aspects of their trade are all one thing - The Word of God.

    Who are they?

    Qualifications - 1 Tim. 3, Titus 1, 1 Peter 5
    Plural… (these, them)
    Acts 14:23 ESV
    23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
    Titus 1:5 ESV
    5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—
    Exodus 18:13–24 ESV
    13 The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” 24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said.
    Result = Peace, Order

    What do they do?

    “The labor of the Christian ministry is well performed in exact proportion to the vigor of our renewed nature. Our work is only well done when it is well with ourselves…To face the enemies of truth, to defend the bulwarks of the faith, to rule well in the house of God, to comfort all that mourn, to edify the saints, to guide the perplexed, to bear with the froward, to win and nurse souls - all these and a thousand other works beside are not for a feeble-mind or a ready-to-halt, but are reserved for great-heart, whom the Lord has made strong for Himself. Seek then the strength from the Strong One, wisdom from the Wise-One, in fact, all from the God of all.” - Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, pg. 17
    Labor (wearisome task unto extreme fatigue)
    1 Timothy 5:17 ESV
    17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
    1 Timothy 4:6–11 ESV
    6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things.
    Admonish (instruct, warn, counsel)
    2 Timothy 3:16–17 ESV
    16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
    What Moses was doing with Israel
    Qualifications tell us a lot about what they are doing


    In the Lord...
    Ephesians 4:11–16 ESV
    11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
    He gave - we are all part of His body
    Through Him...
    Galatians 2:20 ESV
    20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
    Romans 15:18 ESV
    18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed,
    Over you (lead, in charge of, manage)
    1 Corinthians 16:16 ESV
    16 be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.
    Hebrews 13:17 ESV
    17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
    Greatest commission for these over you
    John 21:17 ESV
    17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
    Conclusion: Paul is doing these things in this letter to comfort, admonish, encourage, and bring peace to a worried, scared and confused people.
      • 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13ESV

      • Acts 14:23ESV

      • Titus 1:5ESV

      • Exodus 18:13–24ESV

      • 1 Timothy 5:17ESV

      • 1 Timothy 4:6–11ESV

      • 2 Timothy 3:16–17ESV

      • Ephesians 4:11–16ESV

      • Galatians 2:20ESV

      • Romans 15:18ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 16:16ESV

      • Hebrews 13:17ESV

      • John 21:17ESV

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