The Message Matters (1 of 11) by Dave Gustavsen

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The Message Matters (1 of 11)
Series: 1 Timothy - Vintage Church
Dave Gustavsen
1 Timothy 1:1-11

One of the values of Jacksonville Chapel is Expository Preaching. And what that means is that the main way we teach is by taking books of the Bible and going through them front to back. If you don't do that, it's very easy to miss the original meaning, and you can take a passage out of context and use it to say anything you want to say. So Expository Preaching means that you're exposing the original meaning, and then we're asking the question: How do we plug our lives into this, and let God change us through it?

So, we're studying the book of 1 Timothy. It's a letter that Paul the Apostle wrote to a young pastor named Timothy, and it's all about church. What is this thing that we're doing? What's the purpose of it? How is it supposed to work? And when I say 'church,' I don't just mean what happens here on Sunday mornings. I mean this whole movement that Jesus started 2,000 years ago. Jesus said, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. So what does it mean to be part of this movement and follow Jesus?

I'm calling this series ''Vintage Church.'' And there's actually a book with title written by Mark Driscoll. It's an excellent book, but this series is really not based on that book; I just liked the name. Because any time something has been around as long as the church has been around, it's easy for it to morph and change and get off track.

Chuck Swindoll told a story about a guy living in Atlanta who had this strange experience. He was looking through the Yellow Pages in the restaurant section, and he found a listing for a restaurant called ''Church of God Grill.'' And he thought, ''What is that?!'' And he was so curious, he picked up the phone and called the number. And a man answered the phone with a very cheery voice: ''Hello! Church of God Grill!''

And the man said, ''I just had to ask, how did the restaurant get that ...


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