by Jerry Branch

The Main Things
Series: God's Blueprint for His Church
Gerald Branch
I Timothy 1
November 18, 2007

Keywords: busy work; deacons; leadership; focused
"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing." --Thomas A. Edison
"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work." --Peter Drucker
Why look at the book of 1 Timothy?
For one thing, our church is currently in the process of selecting new deacons to serve for the next three years.
And there's no better instructing in the Bible when it comes to qualifications of leadership, than the books of 1 Tim and Titus.
The second thing, is that I'm working with some of our people on this thing called Simple Church, because I really believe that we need to 're-visit' what the 'main things' are that God would have us do as a Church,
and then be focused on them so our church
can have a great impact on our community.
You see, so often when people think of church, one of the first things that comes up is 'what do you have for me' or what do you have for my family.
Granted, in some respects, those are important questions, but they should not be the 'determining ones'...
But, God calls people to be part of the local bodies that He calls churches, because He wants to build a body that serves Him for His honor, as she, the church, KNOWS Jesus, Grows in Jesus, and Shows Jesus.
So when we think of the word Church...does being busy and doing all the programs mean we're being a church? No.
When we think of the word it about controlling,
Such as who spends what money,
and getting everything approved by a committee? No.
Church...Jesus said, in Matthew 16:18, upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades shall not overcome h ...

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