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Last Week's Sermon | September 18, 2022

SERMON NOTES

Taking A Stand: 1 Timothy 4:6-10

"Hitting the Godliness Gym"

Pastor Jeremy Stephens  |  September 18, 2022

 

"If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." -- 1 Timothy 4:6–10

1.  It’s hard to be prepared for the big events without doing the little things correctly each day.

 

Our temptation, over quietly training in Godliness, is the draw toward arguments over “irreverent, silly myths.”

 

3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

2.  I want to be seen!

 

This is our culture—I post and I argue and I comment so that people think I care, or that I’m intelligent, or worthy of admiration. We want the “likes” from the podium picture, and we’re willing to hide the fact that the competition wasn’t that steep.

3. Judges 6: 1-32

 

6 The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years

 

The Call of Gideon

11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”

 

25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.

 

Gideon Destroys the Altar of Baal

28 When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. 29 And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.” 30 Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.” 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.” 32 Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar. 

 

Gideon’s whole story is one of comparative anonymity.

 

Our call is to submit ourselves to the uncomfortable crucible of Scripture

 

If I’m not quietly and carefully doing the daily training in godliness first, I’m open to sin.

4. Who do you want on display?

 

Lord, make me comparatively anonymous. May my patient training in Godliness place you on full display, for you are the Hope of the world.

 

10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

Last Week's Sermon | September 18, 2022

SERMON NOTES

Taking A Stand: 1 Timothy 4:6-10

"Hitting the Godliness Gym"

Pastor Jeremy Stephens  |  September 18, 2022

 

"If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." -- 1 Timothy 4:6–10

1.  It’s hard to be prepared for the big events without doing the little things correctly each day.

 

Our temptation, over quietly training in Godliness, is the draw toward arguments over “irreverent, silly myths.”

 

3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

2.  I want to be seen!

 

This is our culture—I post and I argue and I comment so that people think I care, or that I’m intelligent, or worthy of admiration. We want the “likes” from the podium picture, and we’re willing to hide the fact that the competition wasn’t that steep.

3. Judges 6: 1-32

 

6 The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years

 

The Call of Gideon

11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”

 

25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.

 

Gideon Destroys the Altar of Baal

28 When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. 29 And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.” 30 Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.” 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.” 32 Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar. 

 

Gideon’s whole story is one of comparative anonymity.

 

Our call is to submit ourselves to the uncomfortable crucible of Scripture

 

If I’m not quietly and carefully doing the daily training in godliness first, I’m open to sin.

4. Who do you want on display?

 

Lord, make me comparatively anonymous. May my patient training in Godliness place you on full display, for you are the Hope of the world.

 

10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

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