Elder Jonathan Cook, our Pastor, provided a sermon focused on verses 1-13 of Chapter 16 of the Book of Acts, with supporting scripture from 2nd Timothy 2:2-10, 1st Timothy 3:15-17, 1st Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 2:20-24, Philemon, and various other texts. Elder Cook described the very close and lasting relationship that existed between the Apostle Paul and Timothy, much like that of a father and son. Not only had Timothy helped in the writing of many New Testament books, he also often was entrusted to travel to many churches as a representative of Paul. Though it was not of necessity, Paul even circumcised Timothy (whose father was a Greek and mother a Jew) so that he would be more easily received by the Jews in that region. He emphasized that all the disciples traveled great distances and often under some very adverse conditions for the purpose of sharing the Gospel with the various churches – – a gospel that did not bring eternal life but which brought life and immortality to light. He also taught how the disciples traveled on these missions, not at the direction of men as is often the case in some denominations today, but rather as they were led by, or even constrained by, the Holy Spirit of God as to where to go and when they were to go.
Elder Cook also took a little extra time to review the last part of our Church Covenant and to explain that we need to function in a manner that is as close to the Biblical model reflected in scripture as possible.