This Sunday @ RVPC

Sunday, May 9nd, 2021

Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)

Sermon Text (1 Timothy 5:22-25):

[22] Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. [23] (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) [24] The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. [25] So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. (ESV)

This Sunday we are continuing our sermon series going through the book of 1 Timothy. In the previous passage Paul instructed Timothy on how the church is to deal with accusations of sin and scandal against an elder (v.19-21). Timothy was to avoid the opposite extremes of prejudice and partiality. The church must be careful not to receive or accept any such accusations without the testimony of two or three witnesses (v.19); but if an elder is caught in unrepentant sin and scandal, he is to be rebuked publicly (v.20).

Here in v.22-25 Paul cautions Timothy against rushing into ordaining someone to office in the church. Some men’s sins are rather obvious up-front, and so it should be easy to avoid ordaining them, as they are clearly not “above reproach” (3:2). But the sins of other men, as Paul says here in v.24, are not always readily apparent, but rather “appear later.” If we ordain a man to the office of elder too quickly and he falls into grievous sin, bringing scandal upon the church, then we essentially “take part in the sins of others” (v.22) by implication.

See how important the office of elder or pastor is to the life and well-being of the church, that the Scriptures not only give us detailed instructions about the qualifications for the office (3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9), but also about exercising caution about rushing to place a man in office before taking the time to examine his godly character (or lack thereof) over time.

We hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday! If you are unable to attend in-person, see our YouTube channel for the live video feed starting @ 9:30 AM (PST).

Sunday Night Bible Study (6 PM)

Please join us on Sunday nights at 6 PM as we spend time together looking through some of the Reformed creeds and confessions of the church. Currently we are going through the Canons of Dort, a document that serves as a doctrinal standard (or Canon) regarding the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners. Here what is often referred to as the 5 points of Calvinism (so-called) are explained and defended against the errors of Arminianism.