In the book of 1 Timothy a young man named Timothy is charged with being faithful to God's calling on his life and resisting opposition to it. We hope that by studying the book we too will see God’s calling, resist opposition, and experience a recharging for what God has for us.
What better place to end than on the glorious gospel. It's in this gospel we are saved. In this gospel all our sins are forgiven. In this gospel that we go from outcasts and enemies to sons and daughters of the living God. In this gospel we get healthy doctrine. Those phone chargers may give you a few volts of electricity, but this gospel is like a bolt of lightning.
Today we are studying a passage that shows us how the gospel impacts us deep and internally. We see God's overflowing love pierces us to the core of our being. It starts internally and overflows outwardly. Are you quicker to share about the faults of another or are you quicker to share about God’s amazing grace that is transforming you.
Fight and pray. Have you slowed your pace? Have you given up, gotten slack, feel like it doesn’t matter? Giving up on your marriage, your kids, your friends, your country, your city, your church. You are like a runner walking through the race. Hear Paul’s voice, “my child, come on”. Fight on!
The teaching of this passage (1 Timothy 2:8-15) offend many today. It challenges men and women. Men are not careless cavaliers who go out doing whatever they want. They worship God in all they do, submit to him and his ways, with all their heart. Women also are not to find their identity in their looks, their dress, their hair, the appeal, but their relationship with their creator and maker.
Leadership is frustrating, exhausting, laborious, but deeply rewarding. There is something about getting into the mess of church and serving that causes you to grow. You gain greater confidence in the word of God, greater confidence in his promises, greater confidence in his warnings.
The Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
As Christians: We are to be a close knit family of believers that have a personal relationship with God where he is our inheritance and our protection. Here we see the value of the Church to God. Our value is so great that he desires a personal relationship with us. He is our everything!
Have you taken hold of the mission and calling God has for you. Ten months ago we came up with a new vision statement. Worshipping God. Loving Others. Making a Difference in the World, one person at a time. It’s the greatest commandment, second greatest commandment and the great commission.