March 12, 2018
Church leaders are called to a higher standard because of the weight of their responsibilities. First Timothy 1:1-13 lays out the qualifications for leaders in the church.
Leaders are called to be blameless. They are called to have good judgement and to not be quick tempered. A leader's first ministry is to be to his family.
Although leaders are called to be above reproach, they are not expected to be perfect and to never mess up.
In his latest sermon, Marty walks through this passage and explains its meaning in depth.
February 28, 2018
In 1 Timothy 5, Paul writes to Timothy and instructs him on how to treat widows and elders.
When communicating with people, we must deal with them as individuals.
Paul tells Timothy to not rebuke an older man. Elders are not above reproach, but must be treated with honor and respect. How something is said is just as important as what is said, so when addressing elders, it was important that Timothy didn't add to any problems with poor delivery.
In helping widows, Paul said that the church should help widows who were left alone with no one to take care of them. Widows who had family needed to be taken care of by their family.
These were very practical instructions that the church needed to know how to treat elders with respect and how to care for the widows. These instructions are still important today.
Are you treating elders with respect? Are you taking care of your aging parents or grandparents?
February 12, 2018
Men and women are different. God designed it that way and when you resist that, you're going against His design.
In this sermon, we look at 1 Timothy 2:8-15. Paul addresses men and women in the church and says that men who pray in public should have a lifestyle congruent with his faith and that women's appearances should be reflections of their walks with Christ.
Paul also addresses leadership in the church and states that this role is designed for men.
In today's world, the topic of differences in men and women is frowned upon. But as followers of Christ, we should embrace these differences.
Understand what God expects of you and live out the life He has called you to live.
January 31, 2018
The Gospel changes lives and something that powerful must be guarded.
In 1 Timothy, Paul writes a letter to Timothy encouraging him to be bold in his faith and to stand up against the teachers who are preaching false doctrine. Timothy was timid and needed to be reminded to be bold.
These teachers had strayed from their faith and what was right and were leading others astray. Unlike their teaching, correct teaching should produce a good conscious, a pure heart, and a sincere faith.
Paul taught the power of the Gospel by sharing his testimony and how the Lord had radically changed his life.
When was the last time you stood by the Gospel and shared your testimony?
Any effective way to share the power of the Gospel with others is to share what God has done in your life.
In today's world, it's going to take courage and boldness to defend your faith. But the Gospel is powerful and worth fighting for.
January 23, 2018
Does being around your family make you worry about your future? Believe it or not, Jesus' geneology was far from perfect. His family's history reminds us that salvation needed to take place.
A lot of times we forget that the family of Jesus was eaten up with sin and we think that because of our family's history, we cannot be used by God.
No matter your geneology, you're still created in the image of God and part of His plan. Jesus' lineage involved a lot of imperfect people. The Bible does not hide the sin that took place in Jesus' family. It shows us exactly what happened and the good that God brought from it. It reminds us that God can use anyone.
From the moment you were conceived, God had a purpose and plan for you. Your life is of infinite worth.
Listen to this sermon to hear about the family of Jesus and the importance of His lineage.
December 18, 2017
This time of year, we hear a lot about the angels appearing to the shepherds to tell of the Savior's birth.
Who are these angels?
Throughout Scripture, angels were sent to aid believers and punish the wicked (some examples can be seen in Acts 5 & 12).
At Christ's birth, they were sent to pronounce the incarnation of God and to bring a message of peace. But not everyone can receive this peace. This peace is only for those who accept the Gospel.
Do you have peace because you know Jesus?
The real meaning of Christmas is that you can know peace and be forgiven.
December 5, 2017
In this sermon, Marty preaches on Matthew 7:13-23 & the Kingdom of God.
How do you enter into the Kingdom of God?
Scripture tells us the way is narrow. A conscious decision must be made to enter into the kingdom.
When you accept Christ, you have to be willing to surrender yourself to Him.
December 4, 2017
In this sermon, Marty covers hatred and preaches from a passage from The Sermon on the Mount, starting in Matthew 5:21.
Marty challenges the congregation to not have hate in their hearts and to deal with anger swiftly, even if it is justified.
November 14, 2017
Marriage is a covenant relationship before God and must be protected.
Adultery is not only physical but can be mental as well. Matthew 5:28 says, "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
If something cannot be righteously fulfilled, you should not be thinking about it. What you allow in your heart will eventually be done with your hands.
Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
You must fight for and protect your marriage.
October 30, 2017
Is there anyone in your life who is treating you wrong? Is there anyone you strongly dislike or even hate?
Marty speaks on Matthew 5:38-48 and explores the passage in which Jesus teaches us to love our enemies.