Message: “Letters to Young Preachers (1&2 Timothy, Titus): Preach Through Trials” from Brady Cook

Persecution is a very real issue for christians everywhere, but those who preach in tough areas have it especially rough. Since Paul had lived through just about every persecution you can think of, he advised Timothy to get ready to face the same issues.

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Message: “Who is Your Nathanael” from Brady Cook

Philip and Nathanael is a perfect example of simple, practical evangelism. He simply told Nathanael about the Christ, and when Nathanael offered a snarky comment back, Philip asked Nathanael to see for himself.

Sometimes, we make evangelism more difficult than it should be. The model that’s outlined in Scripture is straightforward, and based on telling as many people the good news about Jesus as humanly possible.

That’s ultimately what evangelism is about — telling everyone the good news about Jesus.

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Message: “Letters to Young Preachers (1&2 Timothy and Titus): Be Disciplined” from Brady Cook

Church benevolence is an ongoing issue, and Paul warns Timothy of giving away church funds to the point that it “burdens” the church. In doing so, he lays out a set of guidelines that should help them know when to give church money.

Notice how it begins and ends with Christians.

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Message: “24 Hours in Sodom” from Brady Cook

When Abraham watched the angels descend into Sodom, what went through his mind? What would those next 24 hours be like?

Truthfully, spending 24 hours in Sodom is pretty similar to spending 24 hours in pretty much any other major city that has ever existed through time. But rather than just accept the depravity around it, are we going to “stand in the gap” and do something about it? Or will we just go along for the ride as our civilization decays more and more?

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Message: “Letters to Young Preachers (1&2 Timothy & Titus): Seek Local Leadership (Pt.2)” from Brady Cook

Elders are important, so the qualifications that decide those men must be taken seriously.

But is it possible that we’ve missed the forest for the trees? While each individual guideline must be measured up against the men that are being considered for eldership, we make the mistake sometimes of missing what type of man Paul really wanted to serve as an elder.

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Message: “Why are We Here?” from Brady Cook

It’s good for us to ask questions of our faith, but the biggest one by far is the one that explains our very presence on this earth — why are we here?

The Bible gives us several answers for this (Gen. 1:26; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11), but those answers wouldn’t suffice for a non-Christian.

Instead, what this sermon does is try and provide a framework for answering that question. To do that, we need three things: a foundation, contentment, and a purpose. If we find those, we find the answer.

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Message: “The Sluggishness of the Sloth” from Brady Cook

Would you consider yourself lazy?

Of course not. What a silly (and possibly offensive question). We pride ourselves on being go-getters, do-gooders, efficient-yet-not-annoying hard workers that are ready to change the world!

And then, there’s the sloth. Solomon has a lot to say about him — he’s referenced nearly 14 times in Proverbs alone.

It should surprise no one that the sloth’s approach to life is just a little bit different than God’s. 

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Message: “Letters to Young Preachers (1&2 Timothy and Titus): Put Everyone to Work” from Brady Cook

The growth of a church can be correlated to how much everyone in the church is working. The more hands there are on deck, the more work that can be accomplished.

Titus 2:1-11 talks about how every member can make a difference in their sphere of influence. No matter your age, you can make an impact. That’s what Paul wants Titus to teach the people around him.

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Message: “What About Hosea’s Kids?” from Brady Cook

Most Bible readers are familiar with the basic story of Hosea. God tells Hosea to marry a woman of harlotry (Gomer), which represents God’s relationship with Israel. Just as Gomer was faithless towards Hosea, so was Israel faithless towards God.

But what about Hosea’s kids?

The first chapter of Hosea says they have three kids — each of which with names that describe the punishment of Israel. There is a lot we can learn from these three names, both what it meant for Israel, and what it can mean for us today.

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Message: “Letters to Young Preachers (1&2 Timothy and Titus): Talk Less. Do More.” from Brady Cook

Paul doesn’t have much patience for people who just talk a lot. It’s distracting from the work, it can create unnecessary divisions, and it ultimately doesn’t accomplish much (if at all).

But it can also “upset entire families.” For that reason, Paul says, “they must be silenced.”

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