Monthly Archives: May 2011

mission: revive the passion

2 Timothy 1:1-7.  Paul’s final words to Timothy are recorded in this letter.  They reveal the priorities of a man who was impassioned with the gospel. He was motivated by the “promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus.”  … Continue reading

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mission: pursue godliness, not riches

1 Timothy 6:3-21.  Paul’s final words to Timothy in this letter identify a false teaching in Ephesus that Timothy must publically reject, because it will do much harm.  It is the teaching that the faith will lead to wealth. Those … Continue reading

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mission: manage the ministry

1 Timothy 5:1-6:2.  As a missionary, tasked with the role of developing the churches in Ephesus, Timothy had the responsibility to see to it that the various ministries were staffed.  Paul gives him instructions on how to honor those who … Continue reading

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mission: demonstrate true godliness

  1 Timothy 4.  Paul predicts a time in the future (from his standpoint) when the church would experience a departure from true godliness and follow deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (1).  He charged Timothy to “put these things … Continue reading

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mission: display godly behavior

1 Timothy 3.  Paul’s reason for giving qualification lists in this chapter is not simply administrative.  He wants the churches to display proper conduct. The body of believers is the household (family) of God, the church of the living God, … Continue reading

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mission: pray in public

1 Timothy 2.  Paul explains to Timothy those things that should be the hallmark of the church’s mission – things he should promote among the people and leaders of Ephesus.  Of first importance is the ministry of public prayer.  This … Continue reading

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mission: be stewards of God’s treasure

1 Timothy 1.  1 and 2 Timothy and Titus are sometimes called the pastoral epistles,  although they were not written by a pastor (Paul was an apostle)  and neither Timothy nor Titus were pastors.  These two men were missionaries, appointed … Continue reading

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when Christ comes, our work will be vindicated

2 Thessalonians 3:6-18.  Some among the Thessalonians had apparently stopped working their “day jobs.”  Either they were convinced that Christ had secretly already come (2:2), or they felt that secular work was beneath them.  That attitude was not part of … Continue reading

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when Christ comes, the glory will be obtained

2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5.  Paul had just assured the Thessalonian believers that Christ had not come yet – that there remained a “strong delusion” to come that would produce an apostate church.  He now tells them that they are among the … Continue reading

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when Christ comes, the delusion will end

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.  Paul warns the Thessalonian believers that they were in danger of being deceived about the second coming of Christ. Someone was teaching that the second coming had already happened.  Paul warned that a strong delusion  was about … Continue reading

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