Living In God's Church Today
Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Jan 8, 2022 (message contributor)
1. My True Child In The Faith
Contributed on Jan 8, 2022
1 Timothy 1:1-2 shows us several truths about living in God's church today.
Scripture Today, we begin a new study in the letters of Paul to Timothy and Titus. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy and one letter to Titus. These three letters are usually called “the Pastoral Epistles” because they were written to pastors about dealing with pastoral matters in their respective ...read more
2. Warning Against False Teachers
Contributed on Jan 15, 2022
1 Timothy 1:3-7 shows us how to deal with false teachers living in God's church today.
Scripture Last week we started a new study in the letters of Paul to Timothy and Titus. These three letters are usually called “the Pastoral Epistles” because they were written to pastors about dealing with pastoral matters in their respective churches. As I hope to show you in the coming months, ...read more
3. The Law Is Good
Contributed on Jan 21, 2022
1 Timothy 1:6-11 teaches us how to use the law of God.
Scripture About fifteen years after Paul planted the church in Ephesus, some elders, who wanted to style themselves after teachers of the law in Jewish synagogues, were teaching “myths and endless genealogies” (1 Timothy 1:4). This led to speculations and was causing misunderstanding and confusion ...read more
4. Christ Jesus Came To Save Sinners
Contributed on Jan 28, 2022
1 Timothy 1:12-17 teaches us two aspects of God’s call.
Scripture On one of his missionary journeys, Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to deal with problems in that church. He wrote his First Letter to Timothy and urged him to charge certain persons not to teach a false gospel (1:3-4). After Paul gave this charge, Paul expressed thanks to God for his call ...read more
5. Wage The Good Warfare
Contributed on Feb 4, 2022
1 Timothy 1:18-20 shows us several responsibilities of elders living in God’s church today.
Scripture Paul stated the reason for writing his First Letter to Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:14–15, “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and ...read more
6. Men And Women In Public Worship
Contributed on Mar 12, 2022
1 Timothy 2:8-15 teaches us about the behavior of men and women in public worship.
Scripture In 1 Timothy 2, Paul wrote on the subject of public worship. In verses 1-7, which we studied last week, Paul emphasized the need for a global concern in public worship. Today we are going to study verses 8-15, and see how Paul addressed the respective roles of men and women in public ...read more
7. Qualifications For Overseers
Contributed on Mar 19, 2022
1 Timothy 3:1-7 shows us the qualifications for overseers.
Scripture In chapter 1, Paul wrote about the importance of doctrine. In chapter 2, he wrote about the proper conduct in public worship. And in chapter 3, he wrote about the qualifications for church officers. Paul began chapter 3 with these words, “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to ...read more
8. Qualifications For Deacons
Contributed on Mar 24, 2022
1 Timothy 3:8-13 shows us the qualifications for deacons.
Scripture Paul wrote his First Letter to Timothy to give him directions about how Christians were “to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). In chapter 3, Paul set down the qualifications for church officers. He ...read more
9. The Mystery Of Godliness
Contributed on Apr 1, 2022
1 Timothy 3:14-16 shows us the nature of the church.
Scripture In the third chapter of his First Letter to Timothy, Paul set down the qualifications for church officers. He described the qualifications for overseers, also known as elders, in verses 1-7 and then the qualifications for deacons in verses 8-13. Paul then turned his attention to the ...read more
10. Some Will Depart The Faith
Contributed on Apr 8, 2022
1 Timothy 4:1-5 shows us several features of false teachers.
Scripture In his First Letter to Timothy, Paul concluded chapter 3 with a description of the church as “a pillar and buttress of the truth” (3:15) and a summary of that truth in relation to Christ (3:16). Chapter 4 opens with a discussion of false teachers. Let us read 1 Timothy 4:1-5: 1 Now the ...read more
11. A Good Servant Of Christ Jesus
Contributed on Apr 29, 2022
1 Timothy 4:6-10 shows us the priorities of a good servant of Christ Jesus.
Scripture In his First Letter to Timothy, Paul opened chapter 4 with a discussion about false teachers. Paul wanted Timothy to combat the errors of these false teachers. Paul set down several features regarding the false teachers in verses 1-5. Then Paul went on to tell Timothy that the way to ...read more
12. The Dos And Don'ts Of Christian Ministry
Contributed on May 13, 2022
1 Timothy 4:11-16 shows us the dos and don'ts of Christian ministry.
Scripture In his First Letter to Timothy, Paul wanted Timothy to stop the false teaching that was taking place in the churches in Ephesus (1:3-4), and also to teach believers how to behave in the household of God (3:14-15). In chapter 4, Paul set down the qualities of an excellent minister. In ...read more
13. Treatment Of Church Members
Contributed on May 22, 2022
1 Timothy 5:1-16 shows us the proper treatment of various church members.
Scripture Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to deal with false teaching and to instruct church members about living in God’s church. In chapter 4, Paul set down the qualities of an excellent minister and the dos and don’ts of Christian ministry. Then, in chapter 5, he went on to instruct Timothy about ...read more
14. The Church's Obligation To Its Elders
Contributed on May 27, 2022
1 Timothy 5:17-25 gives us practical instruction for the church's obligation to its elders.
Scripture Paul understood that there was a crisis of leadership in Ephesus. In chapter 4:1-5, Paul pointed out some of the distinctive emphases of the false teachers. In chapter 5:11-16, he focused on the younger widows who seemed to have fallen under the influence of the false teachers. Then in ...read more
15. Bondservants And Masters
Contributed on Jun 17, 2022
1 Timothy 6:1-2 teaches us how to serve different kinds of bosses.
Scripture Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to deal with problems in the churches around Ephesus. He was to deal with false teachers and their teaching. And he also was to instruct God’s people about living in God’s church. Paul gave Timothy instructions about the treatment of widows (in 5:3-16) and ...read more
16. Identifying False Teachers
Contributed on Jul 2, 2022
1 Timothy 6:3-10 shows us how to identify false teachers.
Scripture Paul gave Timothy instructions about three groups of people in the church: widows (in 5:3-16), elders (in 5:17-25), and slaves (in 6:1-2). Then he turned his attention to a fourth group: false teachers (in 6:3-10). Their presence was a huge problem in the churches in Ephesus. Paul showed ...read more
17. Fight The Good Fight Of The Faith
Contributed on Jul 7, 2022
1 Timothy 6:11-16 shows us five characteristics that mark a Christian leader.
Scripture In the last chapter of his First Letter to Timothy, Paul issued four charges to Timothy: first, about the false teachers (6:3-10), second, to Christian leaders (6:11-16), third, to rich Christians (6:17-19), and finally, to Timothy himself (6:20-21). Let us read our text for today in 1 ...read more
18. Personal Instructions
Contributed on Jul 15, 2022
1 Timothy 6:17-21 shows us two areas that require attention.
Scripture In the final chapter of his First Letter to Timothy, Paul issued four charges to Timothy: first, about the false teachers (6:3-10), second, to Christian leaders (6:11-16), third, to rich Christians (6:17-19), and finally, to Timothy himself (6:20-21). Today I want to conclude our study ...read more
19. My Beloved Child
Contributed on Aug 6, 2022
2 Timothy 1:1-2 shows us several truths about living in God's church today.
Introduction In his book titled All the Last Words of Saints and Sinners, Herbert Lockyer writes: Infidels and agnostics are usually cowards when the death dew lies cold on their brow. Unprepared to enter eternity, they lose their braggadocio as its gates open to receive them. What fear grips ...read more
20. Faith And Heritage
Contributed on Aug 12, 2022
2 Timothy 1:3-7 shows us what God uses to fashion us for his service.
Introduction The actor Sean Connery has had many memorable movie roles. He is best known for playing James Bond in six of the James Bond movies. However, Sean Connery has also rejected more than a handful of now-iconic parts. Perhaps most famously, Connery turned down the part of Gandalf in ...read more
21. Do Not Be Ashamed Of Christ
Contributed on Aug 25, 2022
2 Timothy 1:13-18 shows us several ways Christians guard against being ashamed of Christ.
Introduction John MacArthur tells the story that during the Boxer Rebellion in China (1899–1901), extreme nationalist Chinese fomented a campaign of terror against officials of foreign governments, Christian missionaries, and even Chinese Christians. After they surrounded a certain mission ...read more
22. Follow The Pattern Of Sound Words
Contributed on Aug 25, 2022
2 Timothy 1:13-18 shows us two ways Christians guard against being ashamed of Christ.
Introduction Paul Borthwick served as a professor of Global Christianity at Gordon College for 30 years. In his book titled, Mission 3:16: God’s One-Verse Invitation to Love the World, he writes: I had the privilege of attending the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, ...read more
23. Instructions For Effective Ministry
Contributed on Sep 2, 2022
2 Timothy 2:1-7 gives instructions for effective ministry.
Introduction David and Louise Turpin currently sit in a California jail. They were sentenced to life in prison in February 2019. The two of them had secretly kept their 13 children in captivity for years—possibly even decades. Some of the children were so isolated from society that they barely ...read more
24. Remember Jesus Christ
Contributed on Oct 1, 2022
2 Timothy 2:8-13 gives us encouragements when suffering for the gospel.
Introduction Late one night, Emanuel Lighe returned home to find police waiting for him. There was a death in the village, and Lighe’s name topped the suspect list. Cuffed and detained, Lighe was questioned well into the night at the police station. He was refused the right to leave. Hours turned ...read more
25. A Worker Approved By God
Contributed on Oct 7, 2022
2 Timothy 2:14-19 shows us several ways a worker is approved by God.
Introduction One fall, at the first church I served, I attended a men’s retreat. About 175 men from several churches in the district attended the weekend retreat for men. I don’t remember the name of the speaker for the men’s retreat but I do remember two things about him. First, he spoke without ...read more
26. Honorable And Dishonorable
Contributed on Oct 14, 2022
2 Timothy 2:20-26 shows us how to serve God.
Introduction Harry J. Heintz shared the following story: Recently I glimpsed the glory of finishing a task well. At Arlington National Cemetery, I saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. I had watched that ceremony several times before, always moved by its solemnity and ...read more
27. Godlessness In The Last Days
Contributed on Oct 21, 2022
2 Timothy 3:1-9 shows us how to identify false teachers.
Introduction In the Disney animated classic Alice in Wonderland, Alice wanders through a frustrating world of tardy rabbits, singing flowers, and one curious-talking cat. Her visit with the cat begins as she continues down a mysterious darkened trail and stops at a large tree. The tree is covered ...read more
28. "but You"
Contributed on Oct 28, 2022
2 Timothy 3:10-17 shows us how to serve God.
Introduction According to John MacArthur, “Paul had three overriding priorities in his life: to know Christ, to defend Christ’s truth (Scripture), and to minister in Christ’s name.” In Paul’s two letters to Timothy, defending Christ’s truth was dominant. In our study last time in 2 Timothy ...read more
29. Preach The Word
Contributed on Nov 11, 2022
2 Timothy 4:1-2 exhorts us to continue focusing on the priority of preaching.
Introduction When you think of the church’s priority, what comes to mind? We live in a day in which there is a lot of confusion over this question. Many churches are a reflection of our society which has become satiated with entertainment. Neil Postman, in his profound book titled, Amusing ...read more
30. Fulfill Your Ministry
Contributed on Nov 18, 2022
2 Timothy 4:1-8 is a charge to be faithful in ministry.
Introduction In his commentary on Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, John MacArthur noted that the final words of dying men and women usually are stripped of hypocrisy and reflect accurately their true beliefs and feelings. On his deathbed, Napoleon said, “I die before my time; and my body will be ...read more