In this final sermon in the Authentic series, Paul reminds Timothy of the "good confession" he made in front of many witnesses. Pastor Mark directs this message to the confirmation class, explaining how public professions of faith can give a foundation to live victoriously until Christ comes again. The message emphasizes God's part in the process, through giving us plenty of grace, life and power along the way.
The theme of this message can be stated with a formula: godliness + contentment = real wealth. Throughout the book of 1 Timothy, we have talked about godliness. Now, in this last chapter of the book, Paul expounds to Timothy how to find authentic, fulfilling wealth that is not based on money, but one something even deeper: hope in God. The sermon ends with practical "investment advice" for growing this type of wealth in your life.
Paul encourages Timothy with insights on how to support the elders involved in preaching and teaching. This sermon provides helpful insights for search teams, looking for new pastors, along with leaders who are responible for the oversight of pastors.
Dr. John Splinter, director of Pure Hope St. Louis Chapter, warns that we live in the most sexualized culture since Sodom and Gomorrah. He reveals seven myths, and offers suggestions on what can be done to protect children and families.
In this, the 8th sermon in our series, Pastor Mark offers three suggested prayers for Authentic Shepherds, or Ministers. They are:
Pray that They Will Present the Simple Truth
Pray that They Will Train for Godly Living
Pray that They Will Place Hope in the Living God
There are 15 occurrences of the word "godly" in the New Testament, and 9 are in 1 Timothy. Godliness doesn't happen by accident, and this sermon offers some practical examples and ideas for training in godliness. It's our job to put it into action!
This week's sermon gets to the central theme, or "hinge," of the book of 1 Timothy. The reason Paul wrote to Timothy had to do with behavior: hence, Authentic Godliness. Pastor Mark reveals two sources of power for living an authentic, godly life.
The most important qualification for elders is not their education, or prominence in the community, but their integrity and character. Pastor Mark Friz delivers this 5th sermon the Authentic sermon series, and ends his message with the installation of elders and deacons (Spiritual Council and Church Council Members) at St. Paul's.
Pastor Mark Friz and Professor Judy Dabler take on one of the most difficult passage in the NT, dealing with the role of women in the church. While taking slightly divergent viewpoints on the issue, they encourage Christian love and humility in approaching the topic. The sermon includes a look at the enhanced roles of women in the NT church, a verse by verse explaination of the passage, a definition of headship, and a look at spiritual gifts, which are not gender specific in the New Testament.
In this third message in our Authentic sermon series, Pastor Mark notices five signs of authentic prayer in 1 Timothy 1:1-8. Pastor Mark encouraged the congregation to divide up into small groups during the sermon to pray for six strategic prayer items.