1 Timothy 4-6
TRAINING FOR GODLINESS
Iron Sharpens Iron Conference
May 25-28, 2017
THREE DAYS OF LEARNING, STRATEGIZING, AND FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN AND WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
IRON SHARPENS IRON IS AN ANNUAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE FOR SHARPENING ONE ANOTHER’S VISION AND SKILLS FOR BUILDING THE LOCAL CHURCH.
DR. TONY HART
Tony Hart has been the Senior Pastor of Montco Bible Fellowship since 1992. He married Carol, his partner in ministry and the love of his life, in 1977. They have four children (a daughter and 3 sons) and 5 grandchildren. Tony earned a B.S. in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA. He also serves as the president of GOGF Ministries and is the primary Bible teacher on ‘The Grand Old Gospel Hour’ radio program. He has authored two books, Winning Is Everything and Two Tablets for Your Marriage.
Raju Kunjummen is professor and chair of the Bible and Theology department at Emmaus Bible College. Raju has almost two decades of experience teaching the Bible at the undergraduate and graduate level. Before serving at Emmaus,he served as Associate Professor of Biblical Languages and Old Testament at Moody Theological Seminary in Michigan. Raju is active in ministry among the assemblies and has served as elder in several locations. His academic background includes graduate studies in Biochemistry (University of Minnesota), Master of Theology in Old Testament (Grace Theological Seminary) and doctoral work in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (UCLA). God has blessed Raju and his wife Susan with four children, all now adults at various stages of post-graduate or undergraduate studies.
DR. MARK STEVENSON
Mark Stevenson is professor of Bible and Theology at Emmaus Bible College. He holds degrees from Emmaus, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and earned his PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Wales, writing on nineteenth-century Brethren soteriology. In addition to teaching, Mark has a passion for expository preaching and may be found most Sundays preaching the Word. Mark and his wife Tonya have four children and are in fellowship at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque.
After his Emmaus education, Alex received his undergraduate degree from Colorado Christian University and went on to earn his Master in Divinity degree from Denver Seminary. For the past 36 years he has served as an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel. A gifted Bible teacher and popular speaker, Alex has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository writing ministry. Alex resides with his wife, Marilyn, in Littleton, Colorado, and has four married daughters and eight grandchildren.
SESSION 1 – THURSDAY EVENING
Dr. Mark Stevenson
The Superior Value of Training for Godliness (1 Tim. 4:1-10)
False teachers were wreaking havoc in Ephesus. Paul countered by exhorting Timothy to teach sound doctrine—but he was not only to teach it. He was also called to flesh it out in godly living and so put the goodness of God’s truth on display for all to see. While many were devoted to physical training, Paul was calling Timothy—and all of us—to a training that yields more valuable and lasting results. Join us as we consider the superior value of training for godliness.
SESSION 2 – FRIDAY MORNING
The Right Kind of Attention to Oneself (1 Tim. 4:11-16)
Serving the Lord goes hand in hand with an ethic of diligence, i.e., hard work. Giftedness in Christian ministry is not to operate apart from attention and effort. This diligence must manifest itself in being careful about one’s own conduct, in committed attention the study of God’s word to heed it, and in providing sound instruction. This is necessary for both our approval as servants of God and for benefit to those who receive the ministry.
SESSION 3 – FRIDAY AFTERNOON
The Church’s Responsibility to Honor Its Widows and Elderly (1 Tim. 5:1-16)
The world is graying. The age wave is coming. In the US, over 10,000 people a day turn 70. People are living longer than ever before. Consequently, one of the most important church ministries for the future is the care for widows, widowers, and senior members. Our passage gives invaluable guidance for how families and churches are to care for those who cannot properly care for themselves. The ministry to widows and the hurting is dear to God’s heart. This session will present the teaching of 1 Timothy 5:1-16 with practical suggestions for developing a powerful seniors ministry.
SESSION 4 – FRIDAY EVENING
The Church’s Responsibility to Honor Its Hard-working Elders and an Employee’s Responsibility to Honor His or Her Employer (1 Tim. 5:17-6:2)
Hardly any passage in the New Testament about elders is more important than 1 Timothy 5:17-25. If we don’t get this teaching straight, our churches will be adversely affected, and our elderships will not be biblical. This session will give an accurate exposition of this crucial eldership passage, with principles for implementing its teaching in our churches. This exposition will be followed by biblical principles for honoring our employers. You can’t miss this session.
SESSION 5 – SATURDAY MORNING
Dr. Jack Fish
The Roots and Branches of Doctrinal Controversies (1 Tim. 6:3-10)
Be careful about wrangling in the name of doctrine instead of humbly searching out what has been taught by the Lord in Scripture. Often doctrinal controversy serves as a mask for selfish ambition and thoroughgoing corruption in those who deviate from revealed truth. Instead of longing after personal gain we should learn contentment. God’s people should guard themselves against the love of money which leads to all kinds of evil, spiritual blindness, and pain.
SESSION 6 – SATURDAY EVENING
Dr. Mark Stevenson
Flee, Fight, and Follow (1 Tim. 6:11-21)
As the apostle Paul finishes his letter to young Timothy, he lays out for him important instructions toward godliness. These guidelines for godliness continue to instruct the church today. This session will conclude our conference and our exposition of 1 Timothy.