Wanting to listen to all our sermons? Not just the last 10? Go to http://columbusbc.com/church-cast
These are the sermons and services of Columbus Baptist Church.
We are located at 1258 Palms Rd. in Columbus MI 48063
You can reach us at 810-367-3094 or email@example.com
01 Titus 1:1-4 - Introduction to Titus
Title: Introduction to Titus
Text: Titus 1:1-4
FCF: We often struggle with the daunting work that God has given us.
Prop: Because all God’s elect, in every role, are tools of God for His purposes, we must depend on God to work through us.
[Slide 1] Turn in your bible to Titus chapter 1. Today we begin our second of three pastoral epistles. At the beginning of I Timothy, we delved into the background of these books. Let me review that a little, especially since Titus shares the same contextual backdrop as I Timothy.
As we noted at the beginning and end of I Timothy, these epistles are called the pastoral epistles, but probably should be renamed the Ecclesiastical Epistles. Meaning they were written specifically to talk about the order, practice, behavior, purpose, direction and focus of the entity known as the ecclesia, the assembly, the church. Not the building, but the people. Not necessarily on an individual level, as most epistles are written, but as a body of believers.
Although disputed by more recent and more liberal scholars, Paul’s authorship is resoundingly affirmed by early church fathers and by conservative scholars.
Although the history is unclear, we supposed that sometime after Paul’s imprisonment recorded in Acts 28, Paul was released and went on a 4th missionary journey. In this, Paul set up Elders in churches along the way to deal with growing problems.
[Slide 2] On his way to Macedonia, he leaves Timothy in Ephesus and stops by the island of Crete. There he leaves Titus. He sails from there to the region known as Macedonia and to the city called Nicopolis. That means that I Timothy and Titus were probably written at the same time and from the same place. Probably around AD 62-63.
So who is Titus? Titus was an uncircumcised gentile Christian. We know this about him because Paul says so in Galatians 2. He went with Paul to Jerusalem to authenticate Paul’s message before the other apostles. On this occasion, They did not ask that Titus be circumcised. This validates Paul’s argument in Galatians, that gentiles need not be Jewish first before being Christians. Other than this though, we don’t know much about Titus. He was an early convert of Paul, that much is true. He has probably been assisting Paul for more than a decade. We know that Paul sent him to the church of Corinth as his emissary, both delivering Paul’s message in II Corinthians and also helping the church at Corinth to understand and apply it.
[Slide 3] Although we can’t be sure, it seems that unlike Timothy, Titus’ job in Crete was far less permanent. Paul talks about Titus rejoining him in Nicopolis, and in II Timothy we actually find that Titus is in Dalmatia, which is modern day Croatia and Bosnia. Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. Titus, according to church tradition, went back to Crete after Paul’s death and remained there serving until he died.
[Slide 4] With these details, a picture emerges of Titus. Although not much is said about him, and although he is only written this short letter – it seems that Titus was Paul’s righteous “fixer.” He goes to Corinth, a fairly difficult setting with all kinds of problems, and a whole lot of disunity and disorder, and helps to bring them to order. And now he is being left, for a short time, to do the same for the church in Crete. Although Paul exhorts Timothy often in I and II Timothy about his own character, and even encourages him not to be timid. Titus is never really given much exhortation. To that degree then, Titus sets himself apart from even Timothy, as a man whom God uses to right the ship.
As with I Timothy, some kind of false teaching has arisen there in Crete. The teaching is similar but not identical to what Timothy was facing in Ephesus. Paul is sending Titus to get it under control but the method for doing thi
01 I Corinthians 1:1-17
24 I Timothy 6:20-21 - Preach, Guard, Live
Title: Preach, Guard, Live
Text: I Timothy 6:20-21
FCF: We often struggle pursuing the right objectives as visible churches
Prop: Because people who stray from the gospel leave the faith, we must depend on God’s grace to guard the gospel.
[Slide 1] Turn in your bible one more time to I Timothy chapter 6. Well since being your pastor we have gone through Philemon, Jude, Galatians, Matthew, The three epistles of John, and now, after today, I Timothy. As a part of the grand purpose given to all Elders, I aim to teach the whole counsel of God. And to a smaller degree, I Timothy is but 1/3 of our purpose to study through the pastoral epistles. Next week, Jordan Behrendt will be presenting his mission to PNG and also preaching for us from I Corinthians. And the following week we will continue our study in the Pastoral Epistles with Titus. A book written at the same chronological time and with the same theme as I Timothy.
As we come to the end of this first letter to Timothy, by way of review, we should try to grasp the full scope of all that Paul has written here.
[Slide 2] Chapter 1 – Paul wasted no time getting to exactly what he wanted Timothy to do. In fact, he had already told Timothy what to do as he left for Macedonia. That is to suppress the false teaching of those who were attempting to twist the word of God to pollute the gospel with myths and endless and meaningless disputes. Instead, Timothy ought to preach the true gospel beginning with the law which reveals the sinfulness of men, and ends with the mercy and grace of God to those who are believing in Christ. Timothy’s charge then, in chapter 1, is to supplant false teaching, preach Christ alone, and preach a gospel-formed church.
[Slide 3] Chapter 2 – Paul begins his dive into the problems of Ephesus and how the gospel serves to form and reform them into what God desires that they be. First, God desires them to understand the globality of the gospel. That factions of all kinds have been broken, and the gospel goes to all kinds of men. Therefore, they ought to pray for all kinds of men. As a check on this concept though, although the gospel has broken down division with reference to the gospel’s call, the gospel’s effect has not eliminated those divisions as of yet. There are still roles men and women must play within the church. Namely that men ought to be qualified men who publicly pray in worship. And second that women ought to be quiet learners, who do not usurp the interpretational and exhorting role God has given men within the church.
[Slide 4] Chapter 3 – Paul continues addressing issues in the church in Ephesus, again with the backdrop of the gospel’s affect in forming the church. He begins by describing the qualifications for the two offices in the church. The Elder and the Deacon. While there is nothing in these lists that is not incumbent upon all Christians, Paul calls higher attention to the necessity that these roles be filled with people who are qualified for them. Paul then reaches the climax of the letter which affirms all he has said and sets up all he is going to say. He states that the church is God’s building that he has formed, His family that He has made, to reveal truth to the world. They do this both by what they confess – and the marvel of those confessions – and also by how they live.
[Slide 5] Chapter 4 – Paul readdresses the antagonist to the gospel’s work in the church, false teaching. Paul highlights some specifics of the Ephesian heresy being both a loosening of moral virtues and a restricting of activities that God has given to be enjoyed. In this Paul again commands Timothy to take up the cause of the gospel and keep teaching it even to those who are believers. The effect of the gospel as well as its truth is enough to change people to be different. Paul commands Ti
23 I Timothy 6:17-19 - To Whom Much Is Given
Title: To Whom Much Is Given
Text: I Timothy 6:17-19
FCF: We often struggle using wealth correctly
Prop: Because God abundantly provides for His people, we must enjoy having and sharing our abundance.
Scripture Intro: CSB
[Slide 1] Turn in your bible to I Timothy chapter 6. Last week Paul instructed Timothy to flee the love of money and instead pursue Christlikeness. Timothy must be the shepherd of the church there and preach to, lead, grow, and protect them from the lure of these false teachers. This is the job of every Elder in a local church until the Lord returns.
This week Paul turns his attention back to the discussion of worldly wealth. He has spoken about money, really since chapter 5. It is apparent that many in the church in Ephesus had a skewed view of money and wealth. Not just the false teachers but even the people in the church. Of course in the 2000 years since this was written, the church has gotten a handle on wealth and every one sees it the way God does now…
The words of scripture could not be more relevant for us today – and as people who are citizens of the wealthiest nation in the world – we would do well to listen.
I am in I Timothy chapter 6. I’ll start reading with verse 17. I am reading from the CSB today but follow along in the version you prefer or in the pew bible on page 1341.
We keep pendulum swinging back and forth. Two weeks ago we had a easy to understand but hard to live passage. Last week we had an hard to understand, but comforting passage of hope and purpose. This week, we swing back to somewhere in the middle. There is doctrine here – but there is also sharp application. Let’s dive in.
I.) Because God abundantly provides for His people, we, without arrogance or idolatry, must enjoy what we have. (17)
a. [Slide 2] 17 – Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant.
i. Coming down off of what we just studied, this may be a little awkward for us.
ii. Paul just had this magnificent hymn of praise to God, extoling His transcendence, His sovereignty, His immortality, His unapproachable holiness, and His due honor and dominion.
iii. He says amen, and we might think… ok great place to end it right there. But he goes on.
iv. Several suggestions have been made, from he forgot to address wealthy Christians to he added this later, or even another author added this later.
v. Really, the best explanation is that this is where he intended to go next with Timothy – but he had to break out into a song of praise to God as he spoke of the glorious return of Christ.
vi. And so, what we have here is not an afterthought, but really a continuation of all that he had been talking about up to this point.
vii. He just told Timothy to lay aside the love of money and the pursuit of earthly things and run after things that are eternal and are treasures. Before that he talked about godliness with contentment being great gain.
viii. So now he moves to instruct those in the church who do have a lot of earthly goods.
ix. Certainly, if we are not to love money – one could make the logical assertion that to have money means you are guilty of the love of money.
22 I Timothy 6:11-16 - Eyes on the Prize
Title: Eyes On The Prize
Text: I Timothy 6:11-16
FCF: We often struggle getting caught up in unChrist-like behavior.
Prop: Because we have been called to pursue Christ until He returns for us, we must pursue Christ-likenss.
Scripture Intro: NASB
[Slide 1] Turn in your bible to I Timothy chapter 6. Last week we saw Paul expand on the false teachers’ motivation a little. He revealed that they desired to be godly so they could become rich. From that Paul did say that godliness with contentment is a means to great gain. But not riches in earthly things. Rather treasures in heaven. Then Paul warned about the dangers of loving money. How it can lead to all kinds of evil practices including even a rejection of the faith. Applying the text we found it very difficult for us to live. With our affluent culture and having so much more than simply food and covering – it truly is a trial for us to be content. Nevertheless, we know that our focus must be, now more than ever, on pursuing God’s Kingdom and His righteousness.
This week, Paul will turn his attention directly to his protégé. He will give the guiding command for the whole letter, as he attempts to wrap up his final thoughts to Timothy.
I am in verse 11 of chapter 6. I will be reading from the NASB but you can follow along in the pew bible starting on page 1340.
Unlike last week, this passage is more difficult to understand, but it also provides us with a lot of hope and insight into our mission here on earth. That message needs to be heard loud and clear today.
I.) We are called and set apart unto God, so we must pursue Christ-likeness. (11-12)
a. [Slide 2] 11 – But flee from these things,
i. The first question we have to ask is “what things?”
ii. Specifically, he is to flee from the love of money.
iii. Because of the expectation of gain by the false teachers, they have been puffed up with pride, desiring to be teachers of the law even though they do not understand it.
iv. All they say adds to, denies, or undermines the power of the gospel.
v. So, flee, run away, avoid as if you life depended on it… the love of money.
b. [Slide 3] You man of God
i. Man of God is a title given in the old testament to prophets.
ii. Is it good for all believers to flee the love of money? ABSOLUTELY!
iii. Did you see what the love of money does to someone? Do you remember what we said last week? They pierced themselves through with great sorrow…
iv. Yeah – you don’t have to be any one in particular for it to be good advice for you to flee the love of money.
v. But, for a man of God – for a man dedicated to God – for a man leading, teaching, preaching, exhorting, demonstrating, and shepherding God’s people… it is absolutely imperative.
vi. In fact, this is the first of 5 imperatives or commands that Paul gives to Timothy in verses 11-14.
vii. So, Paul has told Timothy what to flee… namely the things that these false teachers have pursued.
viii. But the man of God
21 I Timothy 6:6-10 - Great Gain or Great Pain
Title: Great Gain or Great Pain
Text: I Timothy 6:6-10
FCF: We often struggle in desiring wealth.
Prop: Because loving God is better than loving money, we must be content with our earthly needs met.
[Slide 1] Turn in your bible to I Timothy chapter 6. Last week we discussed the nature of these false teachers in Ephesus. Paul revisits the themes he introduced in chapter 1 by digging deeper into their motivation. They bring new teachings that no one has seen before, they deny teachings that have been given, and they deny the gospel’s power to change people, and they do this because they are arrogant. They crave controversy. And sure enough, everywhere they go- strife follows. At the very end of our time last week, Paul revealed the reason, the motivation for why they do all this. Ultimately, it comes down to a desire for gain.
Now as we applied that last week, it could be gain of any kind. Power, influence, fame, and yes… wealth. But it seems that in the context of the Ephesian church, it comes down to money.
So, Paul expands on that thought. Actually, taking their pursuit of godliness as a means of making money and turning that whole thought on its head in an interesting way. What it produces then, for us, is a call to be content with earthly things but always pursuing the things of God.
I am in I Timothy 6, I’ll start reading in verse 6. I am reading from the CSB but you can follow along in the pew bible on page 1340 or in whatever version you have.
Not an overly complicated text for us this morning – but what it lacks in difficulty to understand, it makes up for in difficulty to live.
I.) Loving God and serving Him contentedly with our needs met is great gain, so we must be content with our earthly needs met. (6-8)
a. [Slide 2] 6 – But godliness with contentment is great gain.
i. Paul’s last point was that these false teachers think that they can gain some kind of earthly possession – be it honor, respect, fame, power, or wealth – by being godly people.
ii. He says this somewhat tongue-in-cheek, because this kind of godliness isn’t really godly at all.
iii. Nevertheless, this verse continues the pun.
iv. Real godliness, actual Christ-Likeness, IS a path to great gain. How?
v. When it is combined with contentment.
vi. But now we have to define a few terms.
vii. Godliness we understand – but in this context, what does Paul mean by contentment and what does he mean by gain?
viii. Lets keep reading.
b. [Slide 3] 7 – For we brought nothing into the world,
i. So, contentment and gain are sharpened by this concept.
ii. What does this phrase add to our understanding?
iii. Quite literally, we have absolutely nothing to lose in this life. We came into it with nothing. Nothing except life itself.
iv. We had no clothes, no food, no water, no home, no tv, no money – I mean we really didn’t even have any knowledge, understanding, or skills. We didn’t even know a single language.