1 Timothy

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“Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12)

October 21, 2013

“Take hold” (seize with focused resolve) of the prize of your salvation which is eternal life, and by implication do not try and take hold of worldly things. Focus on the prize. Live as a soldier in a foreign land, not becoming entangled in worldly pursuits, focusing on the victor’s crown of eternal life. What’s in your hand? Release that which is worldly and take hold of that which is eternal and don’t let go.

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13)

October 19, 2013

Paul told the young pastor Timothy to avoid focusing on silly distractions and people who might despise his leadership. Instead, “devote” (To give all or a large part of one’s time and resources to) the ministry of the Word. Today’s young pastor faces perhaps the most complex, multi-faceted set of needs and expectations of any generation. The modern church wants him to be and do all things well. Yet, Paul’s instruction holds more true than ever. We need churches that are led by pastors who are “devoted” to the ministry of the Word. And we need church members who recognize their responsibility to be equipped by pastors and teachers to find and do the ministry in the other areas.

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)

October 17, 2013

“Mediator” – a person who acts as a “go-between” to bring parties involved in a conflict to a resolution. Jesus is our Mediator. He is the only one who reconciles us to God. Some may cry, “Judgmental, intolerant!” But as John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things.” And the fact is, Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. Like Paul, I have been appointed a preacher of this message. How about you?

“Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters” (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

October 20, 2012

Paul told Timothy to treat church members like family. The Spirit inspires a culture of mutual respect in the family of God. One that recognizes the unique way fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters are to be treated.

“Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them” (1 Timothy 4:13)

October 19, 2012

Paul taught young Pastor Tim to focus his ministry on these three things. This is a good word for today’s pastors. With the pull and tug of so many needs, pastors are called to “focus” on reading, encouraging and teaching the Word of God!

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

October 17, 2012

Pray for presidents, governors, senators, congressmen, judges, and all those in authority. A good word as the election day approaches.

“Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands” (1 Timothy 5:22)

October 20, 2011

Good leadership advice. Before promoting someone to lead, put them through a time of testing. See if they are FAT (Faithful, Available, Teachable), then set them apart and give them authority. Better to be short on leaders for a little while than to rush to raise up those who will disappoint and do harm.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

October 17, 2011

Christians are to pray for those in authority regardless of political persuasion. We should be marked by our identity in Christ, not by donkeys and elephants.