Tim Sprankle

Tim Sprankle

Tim Sprankle has served as pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church since 2007. He loves to preacher, teach, instigate, and innovate. He earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grace College (2001) and M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from Grace Seminary (2004). He is married to Liz, his encouraging and lovely bride; they parent two daughters, Claire and Margot, and someday will bring home a son from Ethiopia. In addition to pastoral ministires, Tim serves on the boards of GraceConnect/BMH and CyberCenter for Biblical Studies. He is an associate member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is also known to throw a mean drive in disc golf.

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Sun, Apr 14, 2024
God created us with desire. Our consumer culture exploits this, surfacing desires it cannot satisfy with material goods. We are conditioned to want more, more, more. However, the secret to a godly life is to trust that God's enough. This message will take us through 1 Timothy 6:2-10, dealing with false teaching, money, and how to redeem desire.
Sun, Apr 07, 2024
Throughout our lives, the bottom will fall out. We can all benefit from a safety net. According to the apostle Paul, the church should be one of our safety nets. In 1 Timothy 5:1-6:2, Paul outlines two ways members in God's household care for one another. They help those in need (e.g., widows) and honor those who lead (e.g., elders). This sermon encourages us to recapture this beautiful ethic in today's church.
Sun, Mar 31, 2024
Series: Easter
Duration: 41 mins 41 secs
Jesus's death was tragic. His resurrection was triumphant. Indeed! The resurrection reorients reality. It gives us a picture of overcoming faith, everlasting life, and renewal. This sermon will walk us through Matthew's final chapter in three acts. Along the way, we will engage in sensory activities to engage more fully in the Easter story.
Sun, Mar 10, 2024
Christian faith is embodied. We do not simply love God with our mind and emotions. We love him with our eyes, fingers, stomach, and legs. God designed us as image-bearers; we serve him in our bodies. He gave us creation to steward and enjoy--trees for climbing, fruit for eating, gardens for cultivating. And he expected us to forge bonds of friendship and family. The false teachers in Ephesus had rejected the goodness of creation. They were teaching a life of abstinence not faithful engagement. This passage is a challenge to their errant thinking that still plagues the church today.
Sun, Mar 03, 2024
During the COVID pandemic, the term "essential workers" became common nomenclature. These were people with jobs that provided infrastructure for our country. Without their work, our nation would collapse. The church, too, has essential workers. Paul called them "deacons." They are doers, good stewards, and trusted teammates in ministry. They work behind the scenes so the work of God goes forth. This sermon highlights the historic service of deacons and several people who serve in this capacity at our church.
Sun, Feb 18, 2024
In pursuit of a "quiet life" for the church in Ephesus, Paul implores the men to pray without anger and women to learn without disrupting doctrinal instruction by the elders. To be clear, Paul wants every disciple to learn good doctrine and demonstrate good deeds. Unfortunately, privilege, presumption, and bad theology have threatened the church in Ephesus. This sermon will navigate a notoriously difficult passage-- filled with grammatical, linguistic, and cultural challenges--and address the disputable matter of gender roles in church leadership. While not everyone in the church is called to leadership, this passage reminds us that learning Christ (Eph. 4:20-24) is an inclusive calling.
Sun, Feb 11, 2024
Prayer is important. Most of us would concur. However, many of us struggle to pray regularly and with purpose. Paul turns Timothy's attention to prayer. It is powerful a nd pivotal for the peace of the congregation and its public witness. This was true in ancient Rome where Christians were viewed with suspicion. It is true today, where Christian faith is viewed with skepticism. If we want to good standing in these godless times, we should get praying!
Sun, Feb 04, 2024
Your life tells a story. What is at the center? Your successes or failures? Your family of origin or romantic exploits? Your journeys, anxieties, or idols? The apostle Paul was living a story of religious zeal and ignorance. Then Jesus interrupted him. The Lord confronted Paul, gave him a new calling, and centered his story around God's mercy. Perhaps you need interrupted too.
Sun, Jan 28, 2024
God has work for each of us to do. Unfortunately, staying on task is difficult. We spend too much time deviating, speculating, and letting ambition lead us. Paul and Timothy dealt with this in Ephesus. A good church had drifted. Paul left his beloved protégé to address unfaithfulness in the church. If we want to advance God's work, faithfulness to our calling, convictions, and community is essential.
Sun, Jan 21, 2024
Passage: Luke 10:38-42
Duration: 42 mins 47 secs
This sermon is about choosing the better way, which is a life focused on Jesus. Simplicity is a means to this life. Mary (sister of Martha) models it. We'll consider several principles and practices of simplicity in 3 realms and 4 movements. Let's go!
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