Churches can easily drift from the biblical mandate. God’s Word provides specific directions to bring order within a church family.
- God wants his church discipled.
- I serve God; I’m sent by God – not the other way around.
- Election can either become a nuisance, an avoidance, or an obsession.
- The most foundational element of election is being in awe that God would actually desire any of us.
- Faith leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to godliness. Godliness leads to hope.
- Justification is the declaration of holiness. Sanctification is the process of holiness. Glorification is the completion of holiness.
- Salvation is not the finishing line – it is the starting line.
- God wants his church organized.
- Every church desperately needs convictional and directional unity.
- God appoints leaders in the church to set things in order.
- The most effective Christians are the ones who see themselves as part of something bigger than just their personal lives.
- God wants his church guided.
- It’s hard to lead you somewhere if I don’t know the way.
- God expects pastors to lead with integrity within the home (1:6), community (1:7-8), and church (1:9).
- Follow leaders who show devotion to their family, their conduct, and their doctrine.
- It should be easy for believers to submit to leaders who submit to God.