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Pastoral Epistles Five Major Issues Why and How

A. Doctrine- Without the right doctrine we have no foundation to build upon, nor do we have any direction. 2Tim.3:16, 17; Ps. 119:105 A little false doctrine is like a little leaven it will leaven the whole of the teachings. The man of God is responsible for himself and the church to guard the Truth and keep out the false doctrine. 1Tim.4:13,16  Jesus said beware of false doctrines.Matt.16:6,16 Luke 12:1

It is of utmost importance to be ambassadors of the Word like Jesus Christ.  John 7:16 There are those who would pervert the scriptures 2Pet.3:16; and there are those who do not desire to hear the Truth but search out ear ticklers. 2Tim.4:3 The preacher must not grow weary as the people may. The people may take offense when we preach truths that attack their lusts, but isn’t this exactly why we preach the Book.

How do we implement it and keep it right?

  “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”  2Tim.4:2

ü  Proclaim the Truth from the Scriptures with faith in the power of the Word.

ü  Close oversight of the teaching in the Sunday Schools. Find or develop good curriculum.

ü  Teach the people and train them to be used of God. “…the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”  2Tim.2:2

ü  Encourage the people to spread good doctrine their city. Acts5:28

I believe that sound doctrine is the key to any blessings of the Lord upon the local church.

 

B. Music- This may be the very door Satan has used to creep into fundamental churches and destroy good works. A look at a few of the scriptures out of the numerous verses on music will give us God’s mind on this important issue troubling many churches. Very little is understood about music’s impact on people and worship, and about music’s design by the Lord. There are three parts to music melody, harmony, and rhythm or tempo. Very briefly we must understand melody appeals to the spirit and should be dominant. Harmony appeals to the soul and is secondary. Thirdly, the tempo appeals to the flesh and must be controlled and passive. Note: this is absolutely the opposite of the world’s music and focus which is on the strong beat to move the flesh. Sadly this is in our churches and at the very least the pastor must know the issue and oversee this ministry.

 

Ø  1Cor.14:7-11 The music in the church should be different and distinguishable from the world it is trying to reach. It should also not be uncertain in its sound but to the contrary it should exalt Christ and inspire the church to worship, and serve the Lord. We should immediately be able to say the music is sacred or worldly.

 

Ø  Eph.5:17-21 This is the will of God that music be Spirit filled, and Spirit led.

 

Ø  Col.3:16, 17 Music that teaches and admonishes one another. Music that has     scripture and doctrine in it.

 

How to Keep the Music Sacred? Oversight!! Standards set ( no respect of persons)

  1. Be Wary of Taped Music – You will have to inspect all accompaniment tapes
  2. Know the singers of special music – Where are their hearts in relation to the Lord, not performers
  3. Are the singers soul conscious – a burden for the lost
  4. The music should be distinguishable from the world’s music
  5. Is the message Biblical and does it lift up Christ not man?

 C. Evangelism-  Without it the church dwindles away! Is there any debate at all on the issue of evangelizing our world? Should there be any debate? This is cut and dry, unclouded and completely apparent to any bible reader (let alone student) that we are not only to be witnesses wherever we are but to actively pursue the call to “go”. Every Christian has a mandate to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” In every gospel we are commanded to go and tell others. Matt.28:19,20; Mark16:15; Luke 24:45-48; John 20:21!

One scripture in particular arrests our attention to say a few words about. Ps.126:5,6

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with

rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

       

It is incumbent upon the church to evangelize the world. The scriptures tells us who

how, and when. In order for a church to be diligent in this area the leadership must be under the burden of lost souls. The sheep will not go where they are not led. The pastor and all those in authority must teach, prepare and lead the sheep. Sheep make other sheep.

               The verse above makes clear to us if we go, and weep and sow we WILL reap. God will always do what God says He will do. It is us who grow cold and live worldly so as to quench the soul winning fire among the church.

 

D. Worship-  We all want to worship but I believe it is the least understood teaching among God’s people. There are two keys in worshipping the Lord. The main verse is

John 4:23,24

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

 

Worship – Definition = To highly reverence, adore, to honor with extreme love and submission, to prostrate ones self in humility

 

        The verse tells us how to worship. It says in spirit and truth. This means we don’t conjure up worship nor do we respond according to the flesh. The Holy Spirit of God will initiate true worship. The Spirit will not guide contrary to the Word of God, so that emotional, fleshly generated ravings are not of God.  The Spirit wouldn’t prod barking like a dog, dancing in the isles, and speaking gibberish. The Spirit of God may have us lift up holy hands and shout amen! True worship may be a look at our hearts and a long look at the holiness of God and move us to fall on our faces before Him in adoration and praise.

 

1Ch 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

In the presence of God Almighty we see true worship.

Rev 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

               The pastor of the church has the responsibility to lead the worship. His own walk with God will inspire others to worship in response to the Holy Spirit’s leading in

their lives. As he preaches and directs our hearts to God the Holy Spirit will free sway upon our will.

 

E. Fellowship-  Acts 2:42  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Definition:  mutual company and association, being together with joint interest

 

The church was begun in this way and should continue in this fashion. That is there needs to be fellowship among the believers and not with the world. A brief look at the verses below with a commentary will suffice.

 

Good Fellowship

 

Php 1:5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

  • Our coming together in fellowship is because of and should be because of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

  • Our fellowship with Jesus Christ and our brethren is according to our desire to walk in the light of the Word of God.

     

      Unscriptural Fellowship

 

Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

  • We should not participate nor have any connection with the unsaved and their deeds. Certainly the negative aspect is apparent to us and we generally heed “…have no…” fellowship with heathens and their worship or works. The other side is not as prominent among Christians which is to actively reprove their wicked ways. Reason is we may be involved with unfruitful worldly practices.

 

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

  • The difference between believers and unbelievers should be so vast and apparent that no mingling together as if it were two animals in the same yoke. Darkness and light are different and it would be improper and hurtful for a child of God to be in fellowship, accord, or agreement with child of the devil. “Be ye not…” is the suggestion? No it is a command to keep our fellowship pure and pious.

 

Keeping fellowship right in the church will come through proper example by the leadership, and standards of excellence in service. The most important would be the Spirit filled preaching of the Bible. We don’t need to preach personal convictions but Preach the Word is the exhortation. Then be an example as iron will sharpen iron.

 

                                                                           Respectfully Submitted by Dan Eberly

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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