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1. LBC Mission

Section One: Our Mission

Week 1: Connecting by Understanding Our Mission

Since biblical success is measured by how well a church accomplishes the right mission in the right ways, getting the mission right is one of the most important things you need to understand as you connect with our church family. We believe God is the only One who has the right to set the mission for Liberty Bible Church, and we believe He has given us very clear and direct statements which leave no question about the nature of that mission.

Identifying Our Mission: Liberty Bible Church exist to reveal the glory of God in our worship of Him, our work and service to one another, and our witness to the world.

A mission doesn’t just happen, it must be intentionally implemented. Everything we do as a church must help advance the objectives set by God as our mission. The New Testament book that best explains God’s mission for His Church is Ephesians. Here God reveals what He has determined to accomplish in His universe through a group of people He has redeemed, forgiven, and formed into a body called the Church. The ultimate objective to all God is doing in His Church is expressed in the final words of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christians.

To Him (God) be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. (Eph. 3:21)

According to this verse the ultimate measure of success for Liberty Bible Church is how well we bring glory to God through Christ. In other words, our mission is to glorify God by causing others to come to a right opinion of God.

1.  Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.  In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  In him you all also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

Looking at the bold words; What are the two key thoughts concerning God’s eternal plan?

 

Looking at the underlined words; What are the key purposes of God’s eternal plan?

 

2.  Ephesians 2:4-7

 

God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

 

  1. Looking at the bold words; What is God’s grace like?

  2. Looking at the underlined words; What is another one of God’s purposes?

 

3.  Ephesians 3:6, 8-11

That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. Looking at the underlined words; what is the scope and intent of the gospel?

  2. Looking at the bold words; What is the means that God uses to bring about His eternal purpose?

  3. From the three Ephesian passages, put into your own words why we as a church should glorify God in our worship, work, and witness:

 

Implementing Our Mission

The mission of the Church is to bring God glory by serving as a living display of God’s eternal plan centered in Christ, His redeeming grace and sovereign wisdom. This mission happens practically when each member commits his/her gifts to the local body for mutual edification.

 

  1. Ephesians 4:11-16  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we should be no longer children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, and cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body joined and knit together and compacted by which every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

 

Looking at the bold words; What does God use to edify the church body?

Looking at the underlined words; What is the purpose of gifted people in the church?

Looking at the italicized words; What is the measure of spiritual maturity?

2.  A second part of implementing our mission is for you personally to have a growing, Spirit filled relationship with Christ.  The practical section of Emphasis gives directives to accomplish this end.  As born-again saints, spiritually you have been united in the likeness of Christ death and the old man is powerless to enslave you into sin.  Paradoxically you are free from your former life but practically this only occurs when you appropriate, through obedience and submission, to the power of the new man.   

Practically speaking at Liberty, this means you should strive to be a growing member. You will study God’s Word in order to know how He expects you to think and act. You will clothe yourself in the new man that is created after God’s likeness.

4:17 “no longer walk (live) like the rest of the Gentiles.

4:22 “put off your former conduct, the old man.”

4:23 “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”

4:24 “Put one the new man which is created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

4:25 “put away lying- speak truth”

4:26 “don’t let anger control you- you control your anger.  Settle it quickly- don't let Satan get an advantage.

4:28 “no longer steal- work and give to those in need.”

4:29 “Let no corrupt word come out of your mouth- speak what builds up and imparts grace.”

4:31 “Put away bitterness and quarreling- put on kindness and forgiveness.”

 

The final part of our mission is to reveal God’s glory by our witness to the world. By this we mean that you will commit to endeavor to be a good witness for Jesus Christ. You will actively participate in “Great Commission Living” by endeavoring to introduce people to Jesus Christ and then helping them grow as His disciples.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt. 28.18-20)

Communicating Our Mission to the world is intentional.  Paul, the great evangelist even needed prayer in this area of his life. Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak

By now you should have a fairly clear picture of the mission God has established for Liberty Bible Church. I have included several important passages of Scripture to help you understand this mission was not formed by the Eldership. Our mission was established for us by the Head of the Church Himself. That is how important it is. Our job is to identify God’s mission from His Word, then implement it in our lives, and take Christ’s gospel to a lost world.

“We exist to make disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ for the Glory of God.”

2. LBC Message

LBC’ Message:  Our message is our doctrine

 

I. The importance of sound doctrine.  How important is it?

 

  1. Jesus and the significance of teaching.  Joh 8:30  As he was saying these things, many believed in him.  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

  1. What is the condition for true discipleship?

  2. What is the result of steadfastly remaining in Christ’s teaching?

  3. In this context, what does it mean to “be free”?  (John 8:33-36)

  4. According to Jesus’; What affect does God’s word have on our lives?  Joh 17:14  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

 

  1. Jesus and the balance between teaching and life.  Mat 7:24  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”  

  2. What is the proper balance between knowing and doing?

  3. What analogy  does Jesus use and why is this such an apt comparison?

 

B.  Paul and the significance of teaching/doctrine.  1Ti 1:3  As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus 1so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, 2which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.  3The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,

  1. Why was Timothy urged to remain at Ephesus?

  2. What is the danger of unsound doctrine?

  3. What goal or motive prompted Paul?

  4. Why did Paul write this letter to Timothy?  1Ti 3:14  I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that,  if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, 5which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

  5. How does Paul describe the assembly of believers and how does that relate to sound or healthy doctrine?

  6. What commands did Paul give Timothy concerning his doctrine/teaching?  1Ti 4:13  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.  Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

  7. By looking at the italicized words, how was Timothy to do this?

  8. By looking at the bold words, what would the result be?

 

Since doctrine is vitally important to the health of Liberty Bible Church, there are several things that are expected of church members:

  1. (Hebrews 10:24, 25)-

  2. (2 Timothy 2:15)-

  3. (2 Thes. 3:14, 15)-

 

II.  All Doctrines at LBC are based on the Bible.

 

  1. The inerrancy and total authority of the Bible.

  1. Inspiration- We believe that the 66 books of our Bible were given to us by God through direct inspiration. Inspiration speaks to the process God used to deliver His revelation to us. It refers to the original author as God-appointed and directed by the Holy Spirit.  We recognize that God used each writer's personality and personal experiences to convey His truth. 2Pe 1:19  And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

  1. What reasons does Peter give us for taking heed to Scripture.

  2. Why is the inspiration of Scripture such an important doctrine?  Rom 15:4  For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  

 

2.  Inerrancy- This describes the nature of the words God gave through revelation. They are accurate and true words in every area they touch whether history, science, or theology. All the words in Scripture are without error in any part which includes the minutest details such as tense, number, and gender.  Jesus Himself guarantees the fulfillment of the smallest part of Scripture.  Mat 5:18  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Inerrancy applies only to the autographs, or the original manuscripts written.

Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;  the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

The word translated perfect means-What is complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact.  Sure- Comes from the word “amen” and means firm, trustworthy, completely reliable concerning what one believes.  Right- upright, correct, straight and level as a measuring tool.  Pure- sincere, clear, and void of contaminants    

 

  1. What four words are used to rename the Scripture?

  2. Why is the doctrine of inerrancy so important?

 

B.  The implication: Scriptures is our final authority and sufficient in all areas of belief and practice.

 

  1. In what areas does the Bible have complete authority over our lives?

  2. What is the result of the complete sufficiency of Scripture?  2Ti 3:15  and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  

  3. What knowledge is gained only through the study of God’s word?  2Pe 1:3  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire

 

What does the Bible affirm about itself?

 

How does the trustworthiness of God’s word impact your daily life?

 

What resolves have you come to concerning the Scripture?

3. LBC Major Doctrines

LBC Major Doctrines

  1. The Doctrine of God.  At Liberty Bible Church we believe there is One God who exists eternally in three persons. The Theological term for this is called the “trinity”.  Even though this phrase itself does not occur in the Bible, the truth of the Trinity cannot be denied. The Bible teaches there is one God who has existed eternally in three persons.   Deu 6:4  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

  1. The essential attributes of God.

  1. His Holiness- Isa 6:1  In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

  1. If only two wings were needed for flying, what purpose do the other four wings serve?

  2. What is significant about what the seraphim cry out to one another? (See Rev. 4:8-11)

2.  His Eternality- Psa 90:2  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  Isa 45:18  For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other.  Isa 45:22  “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.  By looking at some of the keywords; what are the implications of God’s eternality?

3.  His Sovereignty- As sovereign we teach that God works all things according to the counsel of His will.  God is the only absolute omnipotent ruler of the universe.  In His sovereignty He is neither the author of sin nor does He abridge the moral accountability of mankind.  This Sovereignty  will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of Christ.  Isa 46:9  Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.

What is unique about God?

How does God display his sovereignty?

 

Describe how God’s sovereignty does not violate His character, man’s accountability, and is revealed in the person of Christ:  Mat 11:25  At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

B.  The trinity- God is absolutely and eternally one Divine essence subsisting in three distinct persons without division or replication of essences.  The Trinity cannot be comprehended by the human mind.  Why is that true? “All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.  Isa 40:18  To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?”  Isa 46:5  “To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?  When comparing man with God, we are comparing two unlike things.  Why is this folly?  Three people equal three, but three eternities of one Divine essences equals one Eternal Divine Essences.

 

  1. The Trinity taught through creation.

  1. Job 26:13  By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens (lit. Made beautiful); his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.  Psa 104:30  When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

  2. Gen 1:1  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Psa 102:24  “O my God,” I say, “take me not away in the midst of my days— you whose years endure throughout all generations!”  Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

  3. Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  Col 1:15  Who (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

2.  The Trinity is taught through the resurrection.

  1. Act 2:23  Him, (Jesus) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up,

  2. Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  The pronoun it is referring to this temple which Jesus used figuratively for His body.  Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.  

  3. 1Pe 3:18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

3.  The Trinity is taught through inspiration of the Scripture.

  1. Psa 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

  2. Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  Joh 6:63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words (that I have spoken) to you are spirit and life.  

  3. “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”  Mat 22:43  He said to them, “How is it then that David, (in the Spirit), calls him Lord, saying, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

C.  The Second Person of The Trinity, God the Son.  Liberty Bible Church affirms that Jesus is eternally God and that He willingly laid aside His glory and was fully man.  While being fully man, Jesus never surrendered His divine attributes.

  1. Exo 34:5  The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and truth.  Joh 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  How did Jesus, during His incarnation embody all of God’s covenant faithfulness?

  2. Php 2:6  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  The word “emptied” has the idea to make void; to lay aside one’s rank of dignity and assume a humble role.  How does this passage affirm both Jesus’ Divinity and humanity?

D.  The Third Person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.  Liberty Bible Church teaches that the Holy Spirit possesses the perfections and qualities of God.  Since such divine attributes are unique to God it certifies that the Holy Spirit is indeed God.  

  1. Mat 12:28  But if it is (by the Spirit of God) that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  How does this verse affirm the attributes of God?

  2. 1Co 2:10  these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

  1. What has God done?  

  2. How has God done this?

  3. What role does the Spirit play and how does this attest to His divinity?

Do you feel confident that you can defend the doctrine of the Triunity of the God of the Bible?

The biblical God is perfect.  For love to exist there must be a trinity.  The Great transcendent God who is above all is the Father.  The person who understands us is the Son.  The intimate experience of God is the Holy Spirit.  No other God qualifies to do all three.  

4. LBC Ministries

Our Ministries at LBC

  1. Biblical expectations:

  1. Members are expected to be in agreement with the major doctrinal position of Liberty Bible Church.  In the areas of minor differences the membership is expected to support the position of the teaching elders and extend grace to those they differ with.  1Ti 6:3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

  1. Looking at the underlined words; what conditions should we guard against?

  2. What is the root cause of someone purposely undermining biblical authority?

  3. In the italicized words; what is the result of doctrinal corruption and disunity?

  4. How should the church handle such people?

2.  Members must be committed to joyful service of the body of Christ?  Mar 10:42  And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Both Greek words-exercise over and lord over have the same prefix emphasising a top down mentality)

  1. Looking at the underlined words; what are the contrasts between what the world considers leadership and citizens of the heavenly kingdom?

  2. Looking at the bold words; what reason does Jesus give for joyful service?

  3. Why is mutual servitude indispensable for a healthy church?  1Co 12:4  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good  1Co 12:14  For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?  But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  If all were a single member, where would the body be.  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

  4. Who is responsible for this diversity?

3.  Members are expected to financially support the ministry of the word of God through the local church. 2Co 8:1  We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.  For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.  2Co 8:7  But as you excel in everything- see that you excel in this act of grace also.

  1. How did the Macedonian Christians exemplify grace giving

1Co 9:7  Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?  Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same?  For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned?  Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.  If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?  If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?  Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?  In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

  1. By looking at the underlined words and the explanation in the italicized; what is the point of Paul’s rhetorical questions?

  2. In bold; how did Paul apply the Levitical law of tithing to the New testament Church?

  3. What does God desire when we provide for the financial needs of the church?  2Co 9:6  The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  2Co 9:12  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

4.  Members of Liberty Bible Church have the privilege and are encouraged to participate in the decision making process of the church.  LBC is an Elder led church but this does not mean that the Eldership does not deem the input of spiritually like minded people unnecessary, on the contrary, it is needed for a safeguard and unity.

  1. (Acts 6:1-7)  Describe the cooperation between the Apostles and the assembly in the decision making process.

  2. Heb 13:17  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.  What two commands are given to the church body?  What reasons does Paul give for obeying these commands?  

B.  Expectations of the Eldership.

  1. Servant leadership modeled by example.  (See 1 Tim 4:12; 1 Pt 5:3)  Jesus is the ultimate example of a pastor.

  1. Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  Joh 13:13  You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.  What kind of example did Jesus give us?

  2. from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. Act 20:18  And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,  The underlined words; What did Paul emphasis to the elders?

  3. Looking at the italicized words; How did Paul serve the Lord?

2.  The Elders must be students of the word of God and bring the church a consistent diet of the Word which teaches, convicts, and corrects.  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

  1. Looking at the bold and underlined: What was the decision of the leadership?

  2. Looking at the italicized: What was the result?

1Ti 4:13  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.1Ti 4:14  Do not neglect the gift you have, 1Ti 4:15  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this,”  Describe Paul’s emphasis to Timothy in ministry: