We must never forget that we are in a spiritual battle. It is a situation that our western thinking makes difficult for us western Christians to grasp, because we have been conditioned to think scientifically and such thinking is founded in, and focussed on, the material world not the spiritual world. Perhaps that is one reason why we have trouble understanding how some can abandon the faith because of demonic influence. Paul speaks of that very problem in 1 Timothy 4 as he outlines for Timothy how to deal with false teachers who fall under the influence of the lies of demons.
Having explained the origin of headship in the church, Paul now instructs Timothy regarding choosing the men who would be leading the church in Ephesus. He lays out for us the qualifications that are necessary for good and godly leadership. He deals first with the qualifications of elders, and then of deacons, in 1 Timothy 3:1-12.
1 Timothy 2:8-15 is a passage that, over time, has been clouded by controversy, which is not what Paul intended at all. Some parts of his teaching have been co-opted over the centuries to support different theological and social agendas, resulting in damage to, and disunity in, the church. Paul speaks on the topic of women here, and how we engage this passage is important.
Join Pastor John as he continues this series in 1 Timothy.
Last time, we were introduced to this first letter of Paul to his spiritual son, Timothy, and learned of Paul’s purpose for writing it—to give Timothy some wise instruction for shepherding the congregation in Ephesus. Paul began his letter with a reminder to Timothy that he was in Ephesus to confront doctrinal error in the church and the practice of some who were wasting time on speculation, rather than focusing on the work of God. In chapter 2, Paul begins by providing instructions to Timothy regarding public worship.
Join Pastor John as he continues our series in 1 Timothy
As Jesus enter Jerusalem before His crucifixion, a celebration breaks out! Throngs calling "Hosanna to the Son of David!" line the streets. But this is no mere celebration, but a deeply meaningful event. Join Pastor John as he outlines the significance of this incredible moment in history.
The author of Hebrews has exhorted us to run the race, and now he speaks to us about what we ought to do when we're feeling like we might not make it. How can we support each other? What promises does the Bible have to encourage us? Pastor John continues his series in Hebrews.
When the players of a sport discover that a famous individual from the history of their sport is present in the stadium or arena, those who are on the field of play try to play their very best game. They want to give of their best as a means of honouring the man or woman who has gone before them in their sport. This is not new, as the author of Hebrews notes: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
What is faith? Why are the answers to that question so important? What do we understand about what faith is? How does faith influence our thoughts and our actions?
We go through our day, or week, or year thinking and acting based upon our perception of the world, but too often we don’t contemplate how our view of the world came to be. Nor do we consider that our view of the world influences and guides our interactions with it and with others.
So, what is faith? Pastor John explores these questions continuing his series on Hebrews