The Servant: His Self and His Service
1 TIM 4:6-12
October 3, 2010
INTRODUCTION: Some have referred to this passage as the criteria by which a man of God must be evaluated. In this summary, Paul hands out the standard by which every minister and his ministry is to be measured.
According to William Barclay, the very first description of a church service which we possess is in the works of Justin Martyr. About the year 170 AD, he wrote a defense of
Christianity to the Roman government, and in it he says, "On the day called the day of the Sun a gathering takes place of all who live in the towns or in the country in one place. The Memoirs of the Apostles or the writings of the prophets are read as long as time permits. Then the reader stops, and the leader by word of mouth impresses and urges to the imitation of these good things. Then we all stand together and send forth prayers."
1. EXPOSITION OF SCRIPTURE.
People ultimately do not gather together to hear the opinions of a preacher; they gather together to hear the Word of God. The Christian service is Bible-centered.
2. EXPLANATION OF SCRIPTURE.
There should be teaching. Christian doctrine is not easy to understand, but a man must be able to give a reason for the hope that is in him. There is little use in exhorting a man to be a Christian if he does not know what being a Christian is. There can be no lasting Christian faith in any church without a teaching ministry.
3. EXHORTATION OF SCRIPTURE.
The Christian message must always end in Christian action. Someone has said that every sermon should end with the challenge: "What about it?" It is not enough to present the Christian message as something to be studied and understood; it has to be presented as something to be done. Christianity is truth, but it is truth in action.
Not just truth acquired, but truth applied!
4. INTERCESSION WITH THE SCRIPTURE.
Prayer; the gathering meet in the presence of God; i ...
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