True Church Conference 2012
True Church Conference live-streamed.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Message 2 – Brett Beasley – Reforming a Church to Biblical Health
The text for the sermon was Acts 20:25-31.
The apostle Paul is speaking to those who had been chosen to lead the church at Ephesus. It was a challenge to them. Striving to reform a church to biblical health is: 1) Constant, 2) Costly and 3) Worthy.
A. The Call of the Man of God
1. The call of man by God is a divine call. It is a call that can be given by God alone.
2. The call is to be a shepherd of the church. To watch over the flock of Jesus Christ.
3. The call is to watch yourselves. Continual self-examination.
a. Ezekiel gives examples of all these items above. Ezekiel was called by God. Ezekiel was called to be a watchman. Ezekiel was called to confront the corrupt priests of the day.
b. See Acts 20:29. Fierce wolves will come in and will not spare the flock.
4. The call is to share the word of God. See Acts 20:26-27.
B. The Care for the Church of God
1. The care cannot be divorced from the call.
2. We are to pay careful attention to the flock. We are to watch out for the souls of the flock. It requires tireless effort. We are called to be stewards of the purchase of Jesus Christ that He purchased by His blood.
3. We must feed the flock.
4. There is never a moment when the shepherd does not think about his sheep.
5. No title without the task, no role without the responsibility.
C. Reforming a Church to Biblical Health
1. Why does the church need to be reformed to biblical health?
a. The doctrines are deficient in the church.
b. The culture has ravaged the church.
c. The scriptures are deficient in the church.
d. The church, if left to itself, will drift, like sheep without a shepherd.
2. What are the struggles with reforming a church to biblical health?
a. You will struggle with the flesh. This is because of the fear of man. We must not be concerned with our own reputation. We must not seek the approval of man, whether that be the congregation or peers.
b. You will struggle with opposition
c. Sound doctrine can unify, but is can also divide.
d. Preaching the word of God will have varying affects on people.
3. Reforming a church to biblical health comes with a high personal cost.
a. There is the cost of divisions.
b. There is the cost of desertions.
c. There is the cost of loss of friendships.
d. There is the cost to the pastor’s wife.
4. Reforming a church to biblical health requires grace.
a. We must remember that not all in the congregation will be at the same place we are – in beliefs, in biblical understanding.
5. There is joy in seeing Christ reform a church.
a. But we must stay the course.
6. Pastoring means loving the sheep.
a. Some of the sheep are difficult. Some require a little more shepherding.
7. Treasure Jesus Christ and make much of him.
a. its about Jesus Christ and his glory.
b. We need to stay with our first love.