Sunday Morning Soundbytes 4/22/2007

Doing Church Together | Lou Kochanek

Yesterday’s message was the second in the Doing Church Together series from the book of 1 Timothy. The message was called, Doing God’s Work By Faith, taken from 1 Timothy 1:3-11.

1 Timothy 1:3-11 – 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work — which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers — and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that the church should be doing God’s work by faith. Here is a brief recap of the message:

How do we do God’s work by faith?

1) Practice spiritual discernment (verses 3-4)
    – Do not allow false teaching.
    – Do not get distracted by non-essentials.

2) Be motivated by love (verses 5-7)
    – Guard your heart, conscience and faith.
    – Teach what will actually help others in their faith.
    – Do not seek to glorify yourself.

3) Use the law properly (verses 8-11)
    – The law is good if one uses it properly
    – The law is made not for the righteous but for the unrighteous.
    – Sound doctrine conforms to the gospel.

You are not saved by obeying God’s law. The law can only expose your sin and condemn you before God’s throne. You are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. This is the gospel that saves us. This is the gospel that God has entrusted to us. This is the gospel that allows us as a church to do God’s work by faith.

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