September 24, 2017

1 Timothy 1:18-20  "Doctrine from the Pulpit"

As Paul instructs this young pastor, he lets Timothy know there is a great need for the church to know the truth of the Gospel.  Paul actually lets him know that in teaching the doctrinal truth of the Christian life, he will need to do so as if he were in a fight; a spiritual battle against Satan, the world and our own desires.  The only way to win is to have our lives filled with God's Spirit and our hearts and minds in the Word of God.  Paul lets Timothy and us know that God's children need to hear teaching that builds and strengthens us.  Be encouraged today as you listen to this message.

September 17, 2017

1 Timothy 1:12-17  "Paul's Testimony"

Paul lets us know he thinks of himself as the worst of sinners.  He knew before he met Christ he did his best to destroy men and women who had trusted Christ as their Savior.  But then he met Christ in a very wonderful way and his life was radically changed.  Even though most of us were not as evil as Paul was before he met Christ, we all are sinners and stand condemned to hell and in need of Christ, just like Paul was.  Let this testimony of Paul's touch your life and see you also need Jesus as your Savior.  Christ died for you just like he did for Paul.  Today let Christ into your life and find yourself radically changed.

September 10, 2017

1 Timothy 1:1-11  "Danger"

The letter to Timothy by Paul is a letter to encourage young Timothy in the ministry.  Paul knew his ministry was soon to end and in a sense this letter was Paul handing off his work to Timothy.  This letter is full of sound teaching of the truths of Christian living.  This will be a great journey as we will be encouraged and challenged along with Timothy in our walk with Jesus Christ.  As Paul begins he gave a warning of danger, danger of false teachers who pervert the Gospel in order to destroy the faith of young Christians and also to deceive non-Christians into settling on religion instead of Christ.  Let the Holy Spirit instruct us as we journey through this book.

September 3, 2017

2 Peter 3:14-18  "Encouraged Till the End"

As this letter concludes, Peter revisits the main topics he has talked about.  He again lets us know we have all we need for salvation in Christ.  Next he reminds us that false teaching will be trying to deceive people.  He wants us to know our Lord wants the Gospel to be preached so as many people as possible will come to saving found in Christ.  He ends with a word of encouragement that someday Christ will return for us.  He wants all Christians to be encouraged in their walk with he Lord by the fact Christ is faithful and will return.  Are you finding encouragement in your life by knowing the truth Peter explains in this letter?  I trust you have been and will in the days ahead.