10 Evaluation of a Minister

September 3, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

I Corinthians Series

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1 Corinthians 4:1-5 focuses on the true nature and marks of God's minister. Paul wants to establish some basic guidelines and standards by which we evaluate those who preach and teach. He deals with the congregation's attitudes, the Corinthians are putting one minister above another; which is causing division and is destroying God's church. We will also look at how ministers are to evaluate themselves. Three points this week: 1. The Identity of a minister 2. The Requirements of a minister 3. The Evaluation of a minister 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

7 The True Wisdom of God

August 13, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 2:6-16

I Corinthians Series

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As we bring 1 Corinthians chapter 2 to a close let us see two key points. First, man cannot discover true wisdom through his means; study, experience, observation, reason, may pursue wisdom but will never find the wisdom of God. Second, Paul teaches us in verses 10-16 true wisdom only comes from God. We don't discover wisdom, wisdom is revealed to us through the Spirit, by revelation, inspiration, and illumination. Our search for wisdom is really a search for eternity, let us look to God for wisdom, as the Psalmist wrote: "Open my eyes that I may behold the wonderful things in thy law." I Corinthians 2:6-16

4 Preaching Christ Crucified

July 23, 2017

Kert Martin

Text: I Corinthians 1:18-25

I Corinthians Series

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1st Corinthians 1:18-25 continues to deal with the problem of division. There is a contrast between the foolishness of men, which they think is wisdom and the wisdom of God, which they think is foolishness. Paul is going to demonstrate a great reversal in these verses; verses 18-21 mans wisdom is truly foolish, and in verses 22-25 God's foolishness is truly wisdom. Despite being a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Greeks, Paul simply and truthfully preached Christ crucified, because Christ is the power and wisdom of God. Man cannot climb the ladder of salvation with signs and wisdom but only through Christ and Him crucified. We must look at our own circumstances and understand this message of Christ crucified being the power and wisdom of God is for us, in a culture as pagan as Corinth. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the sum and focus of the Gospel according to Paul. "We preach Christ crucified. God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." How vital is that! How crucial for the messenger to stay on point. I Corinthians 1:18-25

1 Corinthians: Called to Be Saints

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July 2, 2017

Kert Martin

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I Corinthians Series

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In classical times Corinth had been a rival of Athens. In 146 B.C. it was reduced to rubble by Roman invasion. About a century later it was re-established by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony. When Paul arrives about a century later (AD 49) Corinth was a bustling port city, a dazzling Roman city of cosmopolitan character. It was a melting pot for Greeks, Syrians, Jews, and resettled Roman veterans. It appeared to be an exceptionally religious city, a place of many gods, many lords, many temples, shrines for the Roman Imperial family and many cults. Though many of the Corinthians hearing Paul’s message of the gospel had believed and were baptized (Acts 18), many remained enmeshed in the “temple culture.” Paul now in Ephesus writes this letter to this troubled church about eight years after he founded it. In this sermon, we will focus on relationships. Like in most of his thirteen letters Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians who he is in relation to God and who they are in relation to God. He wants to bring them back to their roots. He doesn’t lead them to repentance with threats but by making them aware of their relationship to God, stop acting like mere men, “you are among those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.”

 

A Call to Prayer

2/26/17

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 2:1-7

#6 in I Timothy Series

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Chapters two and three of 1 Timothy have been deemed by many as a manual on church order. It’s important for us to see these guidelines in the historical context in which the Apostle Paul was living. These guidelines are not cultural but eternal and were written so that Christians would know “how to conduct themselves in the household of God.”
In his sermon, Mr Martin looks at verses 1-2 of chapter 2 – a call to prayer and we will look at the different kinds of prayer Paul mentions, and the impact that praying for the salvation of others can have on a culture. I Timothy 2:1-7

Fighting the Good Fight

1/31/17

Kert Martin

Text: I Timothy 1:18-20

#5 in I Timothy Series

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We don’t look at our lives as if we are engaged in a war, but, we are. John Calvin declared that “the Christian must be ready to fight.” The Apostle Paul calls Timothy to “wage the good warfare” – a reminder of the spiritual battle we are engaged in.  This week we’ll look at this reality to understand its origin and what it means for us to wage this war, and what it means to be handed over to Satan.  May we all be like Paul, who served in the Lord’s army till the end of his life, never leaving the fight. I Timothy 1:18-20

 

Glory to God and Peace on Earth

12/25/16

Dan Ford

Text: Luke 2:1-20

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It was a day like any other, but it wasn’t a child like any other. The child was Jesus, who is Savior, Messiah and Lord.  In this message we look at Jesus’ incarnation: His prophesied coming, the announcement of His arrival, the reality, and the purpose. Luke 2:1-20

To the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible

12/4/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:17

#4 in I Timothy Series

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Mr Martin begins preaching in the book of 1 Timothy with the call to leadership and the purpose of Paul’s letter to Timothy. The church is the “pillar and buttress of truth” because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of the church is not only the preservation of the church but to have a strategic vision for the further progress of God’s Kingdom.

As we continue this week in 1 Timothy, Paul just finished giving us a glimpse of his personal testimony, finishing it with this doxology: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Jonathan Edwards wrote of this verse: “As I read the words, there came into my soul and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense quite different from anything I ever experienced before.” Though we cannot define the undefinable we are going to look at Who this King eternal, immortal, invisible, only wise God is and what He has done for us.

5 Elements of God’s Saving Grace

11/6/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:12-16

#3 in I Timothy Series

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Paul now turns from his warning against false teachers to his personal testimony. Paul’s conversion story is really our story. His testimony is the story of every Christian: “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am foremost.” Paul writes this “deserving of full acceptance” we are sinners and Jesus Christ by His amazing grace came to save us. I Timothy 1:12-16

 

True Doctrine & Heart Transformation

10/9/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:3-11

#2 in I Timothy Series

There is a problem in the church at Ephesus – certain men are teaching a “different doctrine.” Timothy is instructed by Paul to command these men to stop teaching this “different doctrine.”This week we will look at true doctrine, which leads us to true love and the true use of the law. This kind of teaching is alive and well in our own day – “different doctrine” creates speculations and controversies rather than Godly stewardship – so it is important for us to understand God’s truth. Our desire is to “conform to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which He entrusted to us.” I Timothy 1:3-11

To Timothy: A True Son in the Faith

9/11/16

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 1:1-11

#1 in I Timothy Series

Mr Martin begins preaching in the book of 1 Timothy with the call to leadership and the purpose of Paul’s letter to Timothy. The church is the “pillar and buttress of truth” because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of the church is not only the preservation of the church but to have a strategic vision for the further progress of God’s Kingdom.

We also look to Paul’s salutation. The significance of this greeting is often over-looked. In just a few words a large part of the Ephesian problem is addressed (the church had turned away from Paul’s authority and salvation through Jesus Christ which he preached). We will look at Paul’s authority, why Timothy is a “true son in the faith,” and God’s blessing on believers. I Timothy 1:1-11

John’s Certainties & Conclusion

7/31/16

Kert Martin

Text: I  John 5:18-21

#20 in I John Series

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We conclude 1 John this week by continuing our look at a few things we can know for certain in our relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ. As we already know, John’s purpose in writing this letter was to assure believers that they indeed have eternal life in the Son of God. In conclusion, he ends this letter with a little more assurance and a little more encouragement so that we will have more confidence and more understanding of what we “know,” and exhorts us: “little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:18-21