December 10, 2017

"A Constructive Ministry"  1 Timothy 4:11-16

In our text today, Paul continues on with his encouragement to Timothy to be a man of God.  He lets him know and in an indirect way he speaks to each of us, to be men and women of God.  Notice he talks about how our speech, our life, our love, faith, purity are to be examples of that of a Godly man or woman.  I trust that you will let these scriptures encourage you to be all that God created you to be as a person serving our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.  If you find you have not lived up to Paul's word of encouragement, ask for forgiveness and ask for the Holy Spirit to give you the power and ability to live in a way that displays godliness.

December 3, 2017

"Sound Doctrine"  1 Timothy 4:6-10

Last time Paul told Timothy to be aware of false teaching.  Now he says when you point out false teaching you are doing what a good minister is to do.  The he makes a statement that a good minister is to preach Bible truths, sound doctrine, for that is good for all people now and throughout all eternity.  I trust you have a desire to hear the teaching of Bible truth and that you read the Bible regularly and you go to a church where God's Word is the foundation of all that goes on.

November 26, 2017

"Deceptive Teaching"  1 Timothy 4:1-5

Every place Paul preached the gospel, soon after he left.  Someone would come along with a teaching that said in some way or another Paul did not give you the whole truth.  They would begin to teach some type of false gospel.  Paul kept reminding the churches, as he would today if he were here, that the gospel is simple, free, by grace.  Paul often got angry at those who would pervert the gospel.  In this text, he lets us know that false teaching is of demons, as a friend of mine would say, "from the pit of hell".  Paul lets Timothy, and us, know we need to be on guard because false teaching will keep on and become even worse as time goes on.  Let the spirit of God guide each of us into truth.

November 12, 2017

1 Timothy 3:14-16  "Church Conduct"

One of the first things that caught my eye in this text is that the church is God's.  It belongs to Him.  We need to be reminded of this in our day when people think they can be faithful to the Lord without the church.  Since the church is God's, remember Christ's statement in Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church."  To neglect the church is a slap in the face of Christ.  The church is meant for worship of God, praise for our Lord, teaching of His truth.  Sadly, many local churches have not followed our Lord well.  We still need the church.  I trust you are plugged into a good Bible believing and teaching church.  If not, find one so you can worship God as He wants you to do.