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  • Overseeing The Church Of God Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 7, 2001
    based on 31 ratings
     | 2,244 views

    SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP (OVERSEEING THE CHURCH OF GOD) REQUIRES MEN OF PROVEN CHARACTER

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELDERS -- ABOVE REPROACH BIG IDEA: SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP (OVERSEEING THE CHURCH OF GOD) REQUIRES MEN OF PROVEN CHARACTER I. (:1) CHURCH OVERSIGHT IS A GOOD WORK TO PURSUE A. Introduction: Importance of the subject Another "trustworthy statement " something that can be ...read more

  • Please Restore Us! Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 15, 2016
     | 3,300 views

    God’s people are vulnerable, and sometimes they foolishly become sidetracked. The Psalmist seeks to plead his case by bringing up God’s special relationship to his people.

    Please Restore Us! (Psalm 80) 1. When our kids were at home, we had a plastic swimming pool in the back yard. 2. One day, we went to the park and caught crayfish. We made the pool into a crayfish haven. 3. A couple of days later, we heard a noise from our kitchen window. We looked and ...read more

  • Appointing Elders In Every Town Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Aug 24, 2013
     | 2,815 views

    God's design appears to be a plurality of elders to oversee the labours of a congregation.

    “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an ...read more

  • A Stressed Apostle Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 9, 2013
     | 1,997 views

    If Paul were overseeing the church in the USA, he would be in a frenzy. Look at how stressed he was about a couple of congregations in Greece.

    A Stressed Apostle (Colossians 2:1-5) 1. I want to thank Jake for preaching last week. 2. We enjoyed Luke and Sarah’s wedding very much; all went well. But even a positive, successful wedding tires you out. Last Sunday morning, we were still recovering from Saturday’s wedding, ...read more

  • I'm Not A Shepherd, I'm A Butcher Series

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Aug 27, 2014
     | 4,293 views

    A sermon on elders (adapted from Daniel Overdorf's book, What the Bible Says About the Church: Rediscovering Community, chapter 11 Purposefully Designed, pgs. 288- 295)

  • Distributing Our Gifts Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on May 2, 2014
     | 4,362 views

    Paul provides guidelines for administering the gifts entrusted to the congregation.

  • The Church Of The New Testament - Part 7f Series

    Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Apr 3, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 11,180 views

    Part 7f of this series of sermons addresses the function of leadership and overseeing the church as shown in the New Testament by various names - elders, pastors, bishops, overseers, presbyters, and shepherds.

    This 13-part series of classes has been many years in the making. About 25 years ago I began in earnest to examine the features, character and characteristics of the church as it existed in its earliest years. As I sometimes do, I kept my notes all along the way, and this series of classes is to a ...read more

  • Paul, The Pastor (His Farewell Address) Series

    Contributed by Gregg Strawbridge on Apr 13, 2003
    based on 67 ratings
     | 11,580 views

    Modern church leaders have often neglected the duties of overseeing the spiritual welfare of individuals and families. Sadly, biblical pastoral oversight is set aside for more promising programs. Instead, programs, facilities, and finances are impersonall

    INTRODUCTION Savage Wolves: PT BARNUM - THE CIRCUS SHOWMAN - He delighted in showing an exhibit: THE HAPPY FAMILY - Lions, Tigers, and a little lamb. One asked if they had problems, Barnum said “Aside from replacing the lamb from time to time, there’s no problem.” We all know that there are ...read more

  • Making Something Good Out Of Something Bad

    Contributed by Craig Condon on Aug 10, 2016
     | 3,555 views

    God is never responsible for evil acts, but he is so wise that he uses evil acts to accomplish his good purposes. God oversees our wicked actions. No sin happens that God does not deliberately allow.

    God can take something evil and use it for his glory. Does that seem strange to you? Well, it is strange, but we must remember that God works in ways that may seem to be strange to us. In the reading we heard from the Book of Judges a few minutes ago, we heard an example of how God takes ...read more

  • Overpowering The Evil Prince

    Contributed by Adeolu Akin-Abraham on Dec 2, 2009
    based on 9 ratings
     | 7,114 views

    God is not immediately and directly in charge of our lives! Surprised? Well, that’s the truth! There are constituted authorities in heavenly places assigned by God with the responsibility of overseeing our affairs. Unfortunately, these authorities and pow

    “I’ve stopped praying, Pastor. I’ve prayed and prayed, had deliverance, and nothing has changed! What use are all these prayers? My husband is still bent on marrying his strange woman! I’m now ready to divorce him” A middle aged woman in my church, said to me on the phone. “Don’t give up now, ...read more

  • If I Lead Will Anyone Follow? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Oct 11, 2015
    based on 23 ratings
     | 14,520 views

    Every church needs to be led. How does someone with the gift of leadership lead the church the way God wants them to? How can leaders avoid hurting God's church? And how can a leader be sure they're leading the church the way they should?

    OPEN: I once talked with a friend of mine who told about the new preacher his congregation had hired. In the type of church my friend attends they have “pastors” who are placed in the position of running the church. And my friend was talking about the great respect he had for his ...read more

  • The Sound Of Cherub Wings Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 8, 2017
    based on 8 ratings
     | 7,910 views

    Ezekiel says the sound of Cherub wings was like the voice of the Almighty. Do you know the role Cherubim played in Scripture? And do you know the message they ultimately protected for God?

    During the offering time we played this version of “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel” by The “Vocal Union Quartet” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceDdAeKIo4E) OPEN: How many of you have ever heard that song before? It was written back in the 1940s by a popular folk singer named Woody Guthrie and has ...read more

  • Ezra And Nehemiah: An Introduction To 2 Heroes Of Faith

    Contributed by Eric Hanson on Aug 11, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,054 views

    Faithful in a faithless age, these two men should be studied by every believer. Here is a tool to get you started.

    EZRA & NEHEMIAH Dynamic Duo of Zeal for God Pastor Eric J. Hanson NOTE: In the early Hebrew manuscripts, these two books are one book Together with the book of Esther, they chronicle an amazing time of God’s faithful fulfillment of prophecy, and His ongoing program leading toward the ...read more

  • Walking With The Good Shepherd Series

    Contributed by Tom Shepard on Nov 22, 2006
    based on 68 ratings
     | 12,642 views

    Psalm 23 is one of the best known passages in the scripture. We can find hope and comfort by knowing that the Good Shepherd walks with us.

    Walking With The Good Shepherd For centuries the Twenty-third Psalm has been one of the most treasured passages in all the Bible. It has become so familiar that people of many religions recognize these words. The words are comforting and are often read at times such as this. Who does not know ...read more

  • Structured For Service Series

    Contributed by Tom Shepard on May 15, 2007
    based on 20 ratings
     | 4,377 views

    In 2004 we began a reorganization process in our church. We are moving to become a “Purpose Driven Church”. This sermon is designed to help the congregation understand our structure and functions. This sermon is for a unique situation.

    Structured For Service “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” Several months ago I was trying to grasp how our church is organized. How it is to operate. How it is structured. I had a copy of our by-laws in front of me and started drawing a diagram of how our church maintenance is to be ...read more