Holy Trinity Community Church
no matter who you are or where you are on your journey of faith
yOU ARE WELCOME hERe
1 Timothy 4:7-16 NLT
4 7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.
10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.
12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.
14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.
15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.
16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
Rev Brice Thomas
Sermon Theme: Slow Down To Lead with integrity
Most of us are starved for time, overscheduled and preoccupied. Few of us have time to enjoy Jesus, our spouses, our children, or life itself, let alone the gift of leading/serving others. We think, “I can focus on my spiritual development later. I have too much to do and, besides, I have already accepted Jesus and have salvation. Isn’t that enough?” There is simply too much other stuff to be done. Slowing down to lead with integrity is a countercultural act of rebellion in our world today. Yet, focusing on our integrity of our relationship with God, ourselves, our spouses, and our leadership is the greatest gift we can give those around us.
We began this study with into emotionally healthy spirituality by looking beneath the surface and realizing how our “iceberg” shapes the ways we relate to and react to people and situations in our daily lives. What have you discovered about yourself over the past three months? Take a moment to identify the “a-ha” moments in your walk with Jesus Christ.
What challenges keep you from:
Slowing down your life to be with God?
Slowing down to care for yourself in a healthy manner as Jesus did?
Slowing down to be with your spouse and/or family in a way that honors God?
Slowing down in the way you lead others?
What might be one or two simple decisions you can make toward taking that first step to slow down your life in one of the above areas?
Read chapter eleven of the Emotionally Healthy Church, study Principle Seven in the workbook (pp. 67-72), complete the eighth Emotional/Spiritual Maturity inventory (p. 83) & gather for prayer and discussion online at 6 PM any evening at https://zoom.us/j/452364275. Meeting ID: 452 364 275 or call in by phone @ +13126266799 (CST only).