— The Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Kevin A. Pierpont

Why Is It Important That Christians Love One Another? – 1 John 4:11

Have you ever carefully thought about why it’s so important that Christians love one another? We’ve started the year with eight days of prayer because prayer is a life blood of the church. We began the year with this emphasis on prayer because we will not be a church that grows spiritually, we will not be effective for the Lord Jesus Christ, we will not please God, if we aren’t serious about prayer. But did you know that if we aren’t serious about loving our brothers and sisters in Christ our prayer will be hindered?

Why Is It Important That Christians Love One Another
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Date: January 8, 2012
Title: Why Is It Important That Christians Love One Another?
Scripture: 1 John 4:11
Speaker: Kevin A. Pierpont
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Last week as we began the new year I gave you 3 reasons, as God’s children, we are to pray. First, we are commanded to pray. Second, Jesus prayed, and if Jesus needed to pray so do we. Third, the early church learned quickly that they needed to pray and they made it their continual practice to pray as God’s people.

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Why Pray – Luke 18:1-8

We’re beginning today, as we start the new year, our 8 days of prayer as a church. But why the emphasis on 8 days of prayer?

And maybe the better question is:

Why Pray as God’s People? Isn’t God in control? Doesn’t God already know all about our needs? So why pray?

Why Pray
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Date: January 1, 2012
Title: Why Pray – Luke 18:1-8
Speaker: Kevin A. Pierpont, Higgins Lake Baptist Church
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  • And why do we pray together in each of our worship services?
  • Why have prayer meetings, like we do each Wednesday night?
  • Why take time for undistracted moments of prayer with our spouses?
  • Why should we pray with our children at home?
  • Why pray with our siblings.
  • Why pray with our grand children?
  • Why pray with our friends?
  • Why pray with our neighbors?
  • Why preach on prayer?
  • Why should we pray as God’s People?

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Essential Teaching on Prayer – 1 Timothy 2:8

John R. Greening, says this about the concerns Timothy faced in the church that Paul addressed in the book of 1 Timothy that we’ve been studying in recent weeks.

Essential Teaching on Prayer
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“A quick survey of the first epistle to [Timothy] will reveal what [he] was up against in the Church at Ephesus:

  • He had contemplated resigning his ministry in Ephesus (1 Tim. 1:3; Paul had urged Timothy to remain in Ephesus).
  • Problems existed in the educational ministries (1:3-7, 4:1-3, 6:3-5).
  • Modesty in wardrobe was an issue (2:9, 10).
  • Women were usurping authority from men (2:11-15).
  • Some were distorting the process of spiritual development (4:4-10).
  • People complained about the worship services (4:11-16).
  • Pastoral staff salaries were substandard (5:17, 18).
  • People were criticizing the pastoral staff (5:19-25).
  • Labor-relations issues were dividing the congregation (6:1-5).
  • Materialism was influencing the lifestyle of some believers (6:6-19).” (Back to the Basics of Ministry, pgs. 29-30 — John R. Greening is President of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches)

These were some of the problems Timothy faced and today the church still must deal with some of these same problems.

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The Power of Prayer – 1 Timothy 2:1-7

I just love the faith that children bring to prayer.

I read about a little 8-year-old boy that came home from school with a stuffed animal he had won at the class Valentine’s party.

His dad asked him that happened. “Well,” the little guy explained, “the teacher put all our names together, and then picked one out. I cheated, though, — I prayed!” (Davy Troxel, New Albany, Ind. Christian Reader, “Kids of the Kingdom.”)

We need that kind of faith in prayer don’t we?

The Power of Prayer
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As we come to the second chapter of 1 Timothy we’ll find some essential teaching on prayer in the life of the church. Paul has direction from God about prayer that is especially important for us. This timely passage is found in the first seven verse of 1 Timothy 2.

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