Book Review: Abraham – The Friend of God by Charles Swindoll

“Abraham – The Friend of God” is a solid small group study aid on the life of Abraham. In typical Chuck Swindoll style, he taught through the life of Abraham in a concise and clear manner. Actually the book was written by David Lien and Bill Butterworth based on the teaching ministry of Chuck. While it was written back in 1988, the study is just as relevant today, because of the timeless truths from the Word of God. Continue reading

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Q&A: Train Your Replacements: Honor Leadership for Jesus 1 Timothy 5:17-25

The following provides suggested answers for the Message Based Discussion Questions from the message presented on June 1, 2014. The answers (below the message outline) are designed to stimulate thinking, not prevent it.

1 Tim. 5:22,24; Acts 20:28-30

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MSG: Train Your Replacements: Honor Leadership for Jesus 1 Timothy 5:17-25

This message was presented on June 1, 2014 as part of the 1 Timothy series.

How do you follow someone who “has it together”? There are warm-up bands to precede the main band. The JV always precedes the Varsity.  They don’t go in reverse. Last Tuesday, Barbara and I went to a middle school band concert and had a good time. Of course the 6th grade band played first, then the 7th grade and finally the 8th grade. You could tell the increasing levels of improvement.  Imagine what the audience would be thinking if the 6th grade played last? Continue reading

MSG: Train Your Replacements: How to Care for People 1 Timothy 5:7-16

This message was presented on May 25, 2014 as part of the 1 Timothy series.

The vision of our church is Connect, Equip and Multiply. We connect together to worship God, Equip together in grace to become more like Jesus and multiply together with the gospel to reach the world. We have several values also. There are two foundational values. First, Jesus Christ is Lord and second, God’s Word is all sufficient. Upon these two values are five pillar values: Meaningful Worship, Creative Outreach, Caring Relationships, Transforming Discipleship and Faithful Stewardship. The message today will focus on the middle pillar – Caring Relationships. How do you show caring relationships?

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Q&A: Train Your Replacements: Leadership in Jesus — Part 3 – 1 Timothy 4:11-16

The following are suggested answers to stimulate your thinking as your work through the Message Based Discussion Questions for the message presented on May 11, 2014. Please use them to understand and then dig deeper, not to discontinue thinking.

How do you prepare leadership?

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MSG: Train Your Replacements: Leadership in Jesus – Part 3 1 Timothy 4:11-16

This message was presented on May 11, 2014 as part of the 1 Timothy series. 

I have a great mom and I call her everyday, well maybe 360 days of the years. I love to make sure she’s doing alright and say and hear the words, “I love you.”

When I was a boy, my mother could have said these things,

  • …to teach me LOGIC… “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me.”
  • …to teach me ANATOMY… “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way.”
  • …to teach me DEALING WITH PAIN… “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
  • …to teach me about my ROOTS… “Did you think you were born in a barn?”
  • …to teach me about ANTICIPATION… “Just wait until your father gets home.”   By Carol Sumpter.

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Q & A: Train Your Replacement: Leadership in Jesus – Part 2 – 1 Timothy 4:11-16

The following are suggestions for the Message Based Discussion Questions for the message presented on May 4, 2014 as part of the 1 Timothy series. These are provided to stimulate your thinking, not replace it. Please consider looking up the Scriptures to verify the answers provided and as aides to find other Scriptures.

1 Sam. 17:14-15; 26; 28-29a; 31-33; 37-39

How do you prepare leadership?

1) Train them to know who they are in Jesus 4:11-12

  • Be who you are in Jesus
  • Why do people look down on you?
  • Let God grow you spiritually by pursuing Him
  • Speech; Conduct; Love; Spirit; Faith; Purity

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