Thursday, March 22, 2012

What Is God Looking For? (Part 2 of 2)

(Notes from Dr. Chris' sermon, fbc ruston, Feb 26)

1 Timothy 3

God is not subjective, moody or confusing or vague. God is looking for ...

1. Morals (v. 2 and 12)
Marriage is lifted high up through the scripture; this text clearly states a man should be a one-woman man, and a woman a one-man woman.
Addresses polygamy... having more than one wife at a time. This was common in biblical times.
* God is looking for you to be faithfully and morally pure. Get your past right, God says, and be morally pure.

2. Family v. 4, 5, 12 -- loving and leading
Managing your family
God is talking about direction, not perfection
The kid is not the CEO of the family, as often seems the case these days.

3. Mouth v. 11
don't be a 'devil talker'
Honor and help, don't hurt and hinder, in your speechMt 7:12 -- The Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you..."
If it's not true, positive or absolutely necessary, there is no reason to say anything negative.

Mt 12:35 -- "from out of the heart..." a heart problem means evil instead of good springs from the inside