This past Lord's Day, I had the privilege of preaching 1 Timothy 5:17-20. "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,' and 'The worker deserves his wages.' Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning."
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Brothers, that's the question I'm left asking as I prepare for Bible study tonight. We're considering 1 Corinthians 5:1-2:
"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you."
Let's try to keep it simple today. We really only have three options when it comes to talking with Muslims about the gospel and Islam. Since Islam typically includes culture, religion, politics, and even economics, it can seem like a huge wall between us and our Muslim friends and acquaintances. Here are our options:
Recently I dusted off my copy of Jonathan Edwards' The Surprising Work of God, an account of the revivals in New England in the 1730s. I've been freshly stirred by Edwards' recounting of the Lord's work in that spiritual awakening. Consider how he described the affect on the daily life of the people:
After preaching, one of the most important thing a pastor can do is to be actively discipling men in his congregation. While every Christian has a responsibility to be involved in a discipling ministry, the pastor has a particular responsibility to be setting an example for the rest of the congregation.