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“Servants in the Church” (1 Timothy 3:8–13)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/March 18, 2015 

1 Timothy 3:1–13 (NIV)

3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Main Idea: The needs of the church of Jesus Christ must be met by faithful servants who are mature examples of the Christian faith.

 

The deacon’s responsibility (v.8). A deacon is a servant.

                                                              i.      Diakanos means servant.

                                                           ii.      In one sense all Christians are servants.

                                                         iii.      Deacons in the technical sense are a specifically called out group of people who are given responsibility in the church to serve various needs within the congregation.

                                                          iv.      The area of service is determined by the needs of the congregation.

 

A deacon is not necessarily a teacher. A deacon is not an overseer. The deacon’s qualifications (vv. 8-12). Personal Character Spiritual Life Christian Service Moral Purity Home Life Qualifications for “women.” The deacon’s reward (v. 13).

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“The Adulterous Woman and the Beast” (Revelation 17:1–18)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/March 15, 2015 

Revelation 17:1–18 (NIV)

17 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

babylon the great

the mother of prostitutes

and of the abominations of the earth.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

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“Jesus Betrayed and Arrested” (John 18:1–14)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun AM/March 15, 2015 

John 18:1–14 (NIV)

18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” 

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.

 

1.       Jesus’ Betayal and Arrest Reveals the Depravity and Stubbornness of Unrepentant Sinners (1–4). 

2.      Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest Reveals His Divine Omniscience and the Certainty of the Father’s Plan (1–4). 

3.      Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest Reveals His Divine Majesty and Authority as the Eternal God (5–7). 

4.      Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest Reveals His Concern and Protection for His Chosen Disciples (8–9).  

5.      Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest Reveals the stubbornness of unbelief and our tendency to see things from a short-sighted earthly perspective (10–11).

6.     Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest Reveals the humble willingness of Jesus to endure the wrath of God for sinful people as a substitutionary atonement in fulfillment of the Father’s will (11b–14).

 

Main Idea: The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus were a necessary and purposeful part of God’s sovereign merciful plan to rescue sinners through the atoning death of Jesus Christ.

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“Qualifications for Pastors” (1 Timothy 3:1–7)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/March 11, 2015 

1 Timothy 3:1–7 (NIV)

3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.  

if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:15, NIV)

 

Main Idea: The church of Jesus Christ must be led by men who are morally qualified to be examples to the flock and who have been gifted by God with the necessary abilities to shepherd the flock.

 

The oversight of the church is scripturally entrusted to elders/pastors/overseers. Elders must be male. Overseer/elder/shepherd/pastor all refer to the same office in the NT. The pastoral office in the NT church is a good and noble work that men should aspire to. The NT pattern appears to be more than one elder in each church.

 

The pastoral office is reserved for men who have attained a high degree of moral character and the necessary abilities for feeding and leading God’s flock.

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“The Bowls of God’s Wrath” (Revelation 16:1–21)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday PM/March 8, 2015 

Revelation 16:1–21 (NIV)

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,

you who are and who were;

for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,

and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty,

true and just are your judgments.”

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” 16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. 17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

1.       The Meaning of the Bowls 

2.      The Application of the Bowls

a.      God

                                                              i.      God has the right to judge sinners because he is the Sovereign Creator who declares what is righteous.

                                                           ii.      All that God does, including his judgment, is holy, right, and good.

b.      People

                                                              i.      Unbelieving people are stubbornly unbelieving—the only hope for sinners is the gracious work of God’s regenerating Spirit.

                                                           ii.      Believers should be prepared for the return of Christ and should warn the lost about the coming judgment.

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“Jesus Prays for His Disciples” (John 17:6–26)<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/March 8, 2015

 

John 17:6–26 (NIV)

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you  to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

1.       Jesus Prays for his original disciples (6–19).

a.      Jesus affirms the faith of his chosen disciples, evidenced by their obedience (6–8).

b.      Jesus exhibits a special concern for his chosen, distinct from the world (9).

c.       Jesus prays for spiritual protection for his disciples (10–11, 15).

d.      Jesus prays for unity among his disciples, mirroring the unity of the Trinity (11).

e.      Jesus prays that his disciples might have full joy, even while they are hated by the world (13–14).

f.        Jesus prays that his disciples will be sanctified, set apart from the world, as they fulfill their mission in the world.

 

2.      Jesus prays for all future disciples (20–26)

a.      Jesus prays that our unity with each other and our union with God will have a gospel effect on the world (20–23).

b.      Jesus prays for the accomplishment of our future salvation, glorified in his glorious presence (24).

c.       Jesus prays for our abiding union with him so that we will continue to grow in truth and love.

 

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,  10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-- to the glory and praise of God.  (Philippians 1:9-11, NIV)

 

Main Idea: “May our lives (and our prayers) reflect Jesus’ glorious and holy purposes for us.”

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“Women in the Church” (1 Timothy 2:11–15)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/March 4, 2015

1 Timothy 2:8–15 (NIV)

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. 

 

if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:15, NIV)

 

Main Idea: God has designed and ordered his church to be led by male elders and teachers.

 

Christian women demonstrate their godliness by learning in the church with a quiet and submissive spirit (11).

Christian women remain true to their God-given femininity by submitting to male leadership in the church (12–14).

Christian women demonstrate their sanctification when they embrace their God-ordained feminine roles (15).

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“The Holy Justice of the Lord God Almighty” (Revelation 15:1–8)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday PM/March 1, 2015 

Revelation 15:1–8

15 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,

Lord God Almighty.

Just and true are your ways,

King of the nations.

Who will not fear you, Lord,

and bring glory to your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come

and worship before you,  

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened. Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. 

 

Prayer: Father, glorify yourself through the teaching of these sacred writings. Reveal your holy justice and your boundless mercy to us through these words. And, may we find courage for the present and hope for the future in them. Amen.

 

Main Idea: “God is honored through the praise of his rescued people, and God is glorified through the just judgment of his unrepentant enemies.” 

 

1.       God is honored through the praise of his rescued people (vv. 1–4). 

 

They held harps given them by God

and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, (Ps 111:12)

Lord God Almighty.  (Amos 3:13; 4:13; Rev 1:8)

 

Just and true are your ways, (Ps 145:17; Deut 32:4)

 

King of the nations.

Who will not fear you, Lord, (Jer 10:7)

 

and bring glory to your name? (Ps 86:9)

 

For you alone are holy. (Ps 99:9; Lev 11:45)

 

All nations will come

and worship before you, (Is 2:2, 4; Is 66:23; Jer 16:19)

 

for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Ps 98:2)

 

2.      God is glorified through the just judgment of his unrepentant enemies (vv. 5–8).

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“The Glory of God in the Glorification of the Son” (John 17:1–5)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/March 1, 2015 

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.  5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (John 17:1-5, NIV) 

1.       The Glory of God revealed in Jesus Christ. 

2.      The Grace of God mediated through Jesus Christ.

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“Sorrow Turned into Joy” (John 16:16–33)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/February 22, 2015

 

John 16:16–33 (NIV)

16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

 

Main Idea: The death and resurrection of Jesus places us in a loving relationship with God the Father, resulting in abiding joy.

 

1.        For the original disciples, the death and resurrection of Jesus was a time of sorrow and confusion (16–20a). 

2.      Once accomplished, the death and resurrection of Jesus brought about gospel understanding, the indwelling Spirit, direct access to our Father in prayer, and abiding joy (20b–27). 

3.       After Jesus ascends to the Father, we will face trouble and hardship in this world in faithful loyalty to the name of Jesus, but this trouble cannot rob our ultimate joy because Christ has conquered the world (28–33).

 

Main Idea: The death and resurrection of Jesus places us in a loving relationship with God the Father, resulting in abiding joy.

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