• Timothy Shumer

    Contributing sermons since Jun 3, 2001
Timothy 's church

Colosse Baptist
Parish, New York 13131

About Timothy
  • Education: AA, Onondaga Community College, 1984 ~ BA, Syracuse University, 1986 ~ MA, Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology, 1997
  • Experience: In my home church, Grace Baptist (Syracuse, NY, Gary Welling, founding pastor & still going strong for the Lord), I did everything from voluntary cleaning staff to serving as a deacon. I taught Jr. Church and headed up the deaf ministry as well. All of that time gave us a good grounding to go off to Seminary with, and today I pastor a small, rural church in upstate, NY. It is exciting to serve the Lord.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope you see Christ in my messages, and I hope by reading them others will see Christ more in you. It’s not always easy nor possible, but I try to make many of my messages "Scripture heavy" because if there’s more of His Word in what I say, there will be less of me saying anything. (The only original thing I have to offer anyone is original sin, and I suspect y’all already have enough of that on your own! So you’re better off if I just give you Jesus and His Word! Amen!)
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The Lord led me to bring a series on the Holy Spirit. I am not sure how much it meant to the folks on the other side of the pew, but He used it in my heart.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Bill Cosby, speaking to a group of graduating seniors, shared some of what his life was like in college. He wrestled with many of the same intellectual challenges we all face during that time of our life, including the philosophical question of whether the glass is half full or half empty. He admitted that his grandmother provided him with the best answer, when she said, "It depends if you’re pouring or drinking."
  • Family: My wife Marie & I were married in 1987. We were both saved in 1988. We currently have 5 children: Charity, born in 1990; Geoffrey, born in 1996; Kara, born in 2000; and our 2nd son, Samuel, born in May, 2002. Our 2nd daughter, Grace, died of SIDS in 1992.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Both of my parents were deceased prior to my going into the ministry.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I am so often surprised that God uses me to speak to any one, and that goes double for my wife (hey, she knew me "when" !). But of course then I am reminded, it really is ALL of the Lord. (Like, when should it be any of me?)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Stand up, speak up, shut up! (I would hazard to guess that members of my church will wonder if I really was given that advice!) ~ Do not speak so you can be understood, but speak so you can not be misunderstood ~ Keep the holiness of God in mind for the sermon, and the love of God in mind for the invitation ~ Make sure you applications (and, really, your sermons) help people reflect on Christ in them (the hope of glory!), and how to help them draw Him out in every day living.
  • Books that have had an impact: I know, the Bible is the "easy" answer, but honestly, during a dark time in my life before Seminary, the Lord used The Sermon on the Mount to draw me back to Him. I also like reading and re-reading "The Greatest Thing in the World" by Henry Drummond, and also "The Elements of Preaching" by Wiersbe & Wiersbe.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy reading (though I don’t get to read as much as I like), history, poetry & mysteries, besides Christian biographies. And, yes, I even like reading "church" stuff (books on theology, preaching, etc.). I spend a lot of time online, and enjoy the Christian cyber world. I also enjoy trying to spend time with my family, `cause they are fun to be with. (I must admit I think we like the warmer weather better, because the ice cream stands are open then!)
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: What good reason do you have for not accepting God’s free gift of salvation? Really, what reason ~ good or bad ~ would you give to reject Christ and go to Hell?
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Our dog, Bridget, got loose during a service once! Whoo boy, was that a hoot!
  • What I want on my tombstone: Well done thou good and faithful servant.
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  • What Do You Believe, And Why? # 8

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2005

    This series reviewed some of the basic doctrines our church believes and teaches, and why, based on the Word of God and our foundation documents [constitution from 1815, Statement of faith, etc.].

    This is the 8th message in series, "What do you believe, and why?" - And we praise the Lord for His Word - To tell us what to believe = And for a "reasonable" faith > Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as more

  • Joy In The Christian Life # 6 - Defining Joy

    Contributed on Aug 30, 2005
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    This was a message in a series on "joy in the Christian life" from Nehemiah & Philippians

    Some might think it a bit strange that I’ve called this Sunday morning series - "Joy in the Christian Life" = Because this is the 6th message in the series - And this will be the first week that I’m really dealing with the idea of joy - But the only joy available in the Christian life is more

  • Joy In The Christian Life -- Digesting The Skim

    Contributed on Aug 27, 2005
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    This was a message in a series on “joy in the Christian life” based on the book and life of Nehemiah.

    PLACE "CHILDREN’S CHAT CHAIR" DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF PULPIT I have placed my "Children’s Chat Chair’ directly down in front today - Because I know something about my message - That I want to make sure everyone else knows - I hope my sermon raises some challenging questions today - I hope God more

  • What Do You Believe, And Why? # 6

    Contributed on Aug 27, 2005
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    This was another message in a series entitles, “What do you believe, and why?” and this message was based on Rev. 20 and Paul’s farewell to Ephesian elders in Acts 20.

    This is the 6th message in series, "What do you believe, and why?" > Paul’s farewell to Ephesian elders = [Acts 20.17-27] = Focus on v.27 - This series = The necessity of preaching "the whole counsel of God" How necessary! - 1st Message - 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by more

  • Joy In The Christian Life -- Overcoming Hindrances To Spiritual Work

    Contributed on Aug 27, 2005
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    This was a message in a series on “joy in the Christian life” based on the book and life of Nehemiah.

    So far as we have gone through Nehemiah = His book and his life - Briefly looked at his Godly character - His deep-seated desire to make a difference for the glory of God - Godly separation = Necessity of prayer for Spiritual power for Spiritual work - Willingness to sacrifice to obtain greater more

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  • Should We Strive To Be Like Jesus! Of Course! But ...

    Contributed on Aug 22, 2004

    Should we strive to be like Jesus! Of course! But He was perfect, and for me, there’s always a little sense within that I know I am going to fall short of that perfection. I know I should keep it as a goal before me. Frankly, if I aim for that, I’ll get nearer than if I don’t, and if I am devoted more