January 21, 2018

"A Charge to Employees"  1 Timothy 6:1-2

Although Paul n this text deals with slaves, we can look at this passage and parallel it to our day as how employees are to conduct themselves in the work place.  It is that both the employer and the employee are to give proper respect to each other.  The employer is not to take advantage of the worker and the employee is to respect the boss.  Let me put it this way, a Christian employer ought to be the best person to work for and the Christian worker should be the best and most productive employee in the work place.  Let this text challenge us to be those types of persons.

January 14, 2018

"Pastor As Leader"  1 Timothy 5:17-25

Paul lets Timothy know that the pastor or leader of any church is to be able to give direction to that church.  Being the leader includes carrying  the Gospel to others.  He also implies that a good pastor is capable of teaching the scripture and preaching.  Personal spiritual growth of each church member is a top priority for all men called to pastor a church.  In this text he also lets us know not to place a man into a leadership position before he is spiritually mature enough to be a humble servant.  He warns that church not to do that, for it leads to leaders not operating with a Christian world view.  Let us learn as Paul encourages leaders to advance the church.

January 7, 2018

"Care of Widows"  1 Timothy 5:3-16

In the time this text was written, widows were usually in a desperate situation.  They faced life with no way to support or care for themselves.  Paul lets the church know they had a responsibility to care for the needs of women who had no financial way to live properly.  If we went to Acts and looked at the beginning of the office deacons, it was their spiritual task to care for the widows physical needs.  Paul is giving us God's plan to the church to care for widows.  Because of how our country is involved in these matters, our responsibility is somewhat different, but the church today must still look after our widows as regards to meeting their needs.  Let us look at this text to see just what the church is to do.

December 31, 2017

"Pastoral Care"  1 Timothy 5:1-2

Paul ends his letter to Timothy with instructions on the place in ministry for how the pastor is to care for his church.  In this specific text Paul lets Timothy know just how he is to handle those in the church.  It is noted that in all of his relationships he is first of all, to treat each with love and respect and also look at each person as if they were a family member.  It is true the church is one big family with Christ as the head and each of us part of His body.  Let us be encouraged as we see our fellowship as a family, a family that loves and serves our Lord Jesus Christ.