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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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Sermon Notes from "The Kind of Pastor This Church Needs" (Part 3). 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 3:4-7.

I. Introduction

A. Re: Second Chances
-There is a time and place for second chances, but we must take care not to encourage sin.

B. We must avoid the danger of that we are different from everyone else, and that rules and precedents do not apply to us.

II. The Household of the Man of God

A. This passage is not primarily about the wife and children of the man of God, but about his own character.

B. How does the man of God respond to crises in his family?

C. A well-behaved child is a happy child.

D. The man of God must manage his family in a dignified manner.

E. How a man manages his family is a test-case for how he will manage the church.

III. The Maturity of the Man of God

A. Some people will let authority go to their heads.

B. "Not a recent convert:"
1. Q: How recent is recent?
2. A: It depends on the circumstance: for example, in times of intense persecution, a person's character may be proven quickly.

C. Refraining from calling a recent convert will protect:
1. The church,
2. The man himself.

IV. The Reputation of the Man of God

A. References from secular employment should be checked.

B. Neighbors can be asked about a potential pastor's character.

C. Is the man in debt?

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