Speaker: Tim Fraiser
Date: August 22, 2016
When most people hear the word church they probably think of a building. Maybe it is a building with a tall steeple or a simple building where followers of Jesus gather, but a church is much more than a building. In fact, some would say that the church is not a building at all. Join us as we look in Scripture and answer the question, What is the church? The Church: August 14th - September 4th
TEN. During Communion a church member asked the pastor “Will you say a prayer for my dead dog?”
NINE. A church member called the pastor to let him know that her son-in-law wasn’t praying long enough before his bed time. She felt he needed to counseling.
EIGHT. A church member, who was a funeral home director often called the pastor to help him pick up recently-deceased bodies.
SEVEN. A church member called the pastor and asked him to come bury their dog.
SIX. A church member brought a chirping parakeet into a worship service and asked him to ignore it while he preached.
FIVE. A church member asked the pastor to put her mother’s funeral on his calendar. She wasn’t dead.
FOUR. A church member asked the pastor to do an imitation of the priest from The Prin-cess Bride during her wedding ceremony.
THREE. A church member called the pastor and asked him to euthanize their injured pet rabbit.
TWO. A church member called asking the pastor help get her neighbors sheep back into the pasture.
ONE. A deacon, after checking on a clogged toilet in the men’s room, told the pastor, “You’ve got to see this!”
1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
Shepherd and care for the people
1 Peter 5:1-3
1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
Equip the people for the work of ministry.
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,
Devote themselves to prayer and ministry of the word.
4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
Pray for them daily
Encourage them often
Love their families well
1 Timothy 3:8-13
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
Meet the needs of the people.
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