Pastor John explores the three "C"s of what it means to be a disciple: It begins by hearing Christ's call and positively responding. Then, one considers what it means to be a follower of Christ: both the joy and the difficulty. Finally, a disciple commits to taking up his or her cross and following Christ.
When was the last time you thought hard about what happened before creation existed? And how often do you think about what happens after we pass from this world? Pastor John explores the terror and the power of what it means to live in fear of the Lord. Passages from throughout scripture are explored.
These are some final thoughts on the entire chapter dealing with servitude, wealth, and adherence to scripture. Paul addresses how those who serve others should behave towards their masters. While he details it in the context of slavery, this is applicable in workplaces and other hierarchies today as well. He also covers a Christian attitude towards wealth and warns against itinerant preachers who stray from the Word of God - equally as applicable today as it was then.
In chapter 6, Paul gives practical advice to Timothy on how to treat different members of the church family appropriately. Here we get a window into how the church is to support and provide for both younger and older widows as well as church elders. Verses covered are 1 Timothy 1-21.
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