God’s Plan for Order in the Church: Part 1

Posted by on Feb 8, 2009 in Rev. Serven

Example of order in a Battleship: knowing your job and doing it. Why did God say for men to pray? Why not evangelize, tithe, etc? Men are independent. Prayer creates dependance. Men are self reliant. Prayer forces them to admit uncertainty. Men are overconfident and can fall into sin. Prayer leads to conviction of sin. Men are called to have a sense of urgency regarding prayer. They are to pray “in every place” the church is gathered, either in worship or fellowship. Posture of prayer. The men of the church are to be the pioneers in healing relationships.

Text: 1 Timothy 2:8-10

Throughout the course of this sermon series we are going to consider how the people of God should behave in Christ’s Church–the men, women, children, elders, and deacons. Paul sets the immediate context for his specific instructions on Christian behavior by these two phrases: (1) “I desire then that in every place the men should pray” (1 Tim. 2:8), and (2) “I am writing these things to you so that . . . you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God (1 Tim. 3:15-16). Today, then, we will examine the role of men in Christ’s Church, and specifically how they ought to pray. The Prophet Malachi envisioned a time when men from every nation would be able to unite in places of worship for fervant prayer to our God. He said,

“From the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11)