Strength for the Journey

Strength for the Journey

May 25, 2014

As we approach the final portion of the book of 1 Timothy, a book that has focused much on our conduct, Paul gives us a very timely exposition on the character of God. And that is likely just what Timothy needed. Having been charged and challenged to live for Jesus throughout the book, and having faced the resulting opposition, Timothy may have felt ready to...

Marching Orders

Marching Orders

May 18, 2014

As we come toward the end of the Book of 1 Timothy, we find the Apostle Paul giving Timothy final instructions. And, these instructions serve as a call to each of us to align our priorities in accord with His Word. When we consider the weight of observing all things that Jesus as commanded, we may not know where to start. Well, recognizing this possible...

Concerning Contentment

Concerning Contentment

May 11, 2014

Last week, we briefly consider the motivation for ministry, today, we consider the motivation for life. We are all driven in one way or another, we all have goals that we set for ourselves and our households. But, in 1 Timothy 6:6-10, we are challenged to consider the value of our goals. Do we work and strive to build piles of stuff, piles that will become rust...

The Church’s Greatest Danger

The Church’s Greatest Danger

May 4, 2014

Today, we were reminded how much God loves His church. We are tempted to forget that fact, but the Lord loved His church so much that He gave His Son to die for His church. How should that reality impact the way we live together, how should it impact the way we serve together, how should it impact the things we say and do? We strive to consider each of these in...

Faithful Servants, Faithful Masters

Faithful Servants, Faithful Masters

Apr 27, 2014

Elder Bryan Evans brought the message today as we continued in 1 Timothy, calling our attention to the responsibilities of servants and masters. Like it or not, we are all servant. There is always a higher authority, whether that be a boss or a customer. And, for some of us, we stand in the place as master, perhaps as a supervisor. How does the Lord use our...

Purity in the Office

Purity in the Office

Apr 20, 2014

It is difficult being an elder. We need to deal with challenging people, but even more than that, we have to deal with seeing troubles in ourselves. And that point was brought forth today as we considered the remaining portion of chapter 5 of 1st Timothy, a text that addresses unrepentant sin in the life of an elder and the ordination of elders. We find in this...

Double Honor

Double Honor

Apr 13, 2014

As we continue in the 5th chapter of 1st Timothy, we address issues that concern elders, specifically how to compensate them, how to deal with elders who are living in sin, and how we are to ordain them. Today, we considered their compensation. But, the first thing to consider is this – who are elders? And, is there anything that should mark their lives...

The Case of the Missing Widows

The Case of the Missing Widows

Apr 6, 2014

As we continue in 1 Timothy 5, we come to a very interesting section of Scripture, one which describes a listing of widows. After our work last week, were we learned that widows were to be cared for, this section of Scripture calls our attention to a special group of widows. The question before us is this – who are these widows? What were they to do? And, even...

Compassion and Jurisdictions

Compassion and Jurisdictions

Mar 30, 2014

Continuing in the book of 1 Timothy, an issue of compassion is addressed that is as relevant today as it was for the first century church, and that is the issue of the care of widows. In this section of Scripture, we see widows defined and we see who is responsible for their care and maintenance, and it is not the State – it is the family and the...

Biblical Confrontation

Biblical Confrontation

Mar 23, 2014

1 Timothy is a very confrontational book. It addresses many issues that can trip up Christians; issues of doctrine, issues of family life, issues of personal conduct that not only hit close to home, they can hit us right between the eyes. And, as we come into chapter 5, we see instructions on how we, as individuals, are called to be involved in one...