Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sermon Notes from "The Kind of Pastor This Church Needs" (Part 1). Sermon by Jim Scott Orrick.

[The following notes were taken during the 10:45AM service this morning at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. The sermon should soon be available to hear on-line HERE.]

1 Timothy 3:1-2.

I. Introduction

A. "Does a fish know that it is in water?"

B. Like a fish, we are unable to discern our environment until we are exposed to a contrast.

C. Through books from the past, we may have our cultural biases challenged.

D. Kosmosdale Baptist Church is part of a very small percentage of people in this country who are interested in serious public discourse.

II. Confirming a Call to Ministry

A. Desire

B. Gifts

C. Opportunity

III. Two Major Qualifications from These Verses [a third to be addressed next week]

A. Above Reproach

1. NOT sinless, but

2. NOT characterized by reproach

B. Self-controlled

1. A one-woman man:
a. NOT
i. a polygamist
ii. a "serial monogamist"
b. Marriage is designed by God as an illustration of Christ and the Church.
c. Misunderstandings of marriage either result from or lead to a misunderstanding of the gospel.

2. Sober-minded:
a. Mentally in control with regard to outside influences
b. May be applied to:
i. preaching
ii. fads
iii. eating
iv. sleeping
v. entertainment

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