Summary: To enumerate the ways in which we can be devoted to GOD.
Are you devoted to GOD?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To enumerate the ways in which we can be devoted to GOD.
1 Timothy 4:13 (Amplified Bible)
Till I come, devote yourself to [public and private] reading, to exhortation (preaching and personal appeals), and to teaching and instilling doctrine.
Devote myself to the following namely: (1) bible reading, (2) preaching and (3) teaching.
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: About 64 A.D., but uncertain
C. To whom written: Timothy, Paul's true son in the faith
1 Timothy 1:2 (New International Version)
To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. Main themes: Advice and exhortation to a young pastor respecting his personal conduct and ministerial work
E. Keyword: conduct
F. Key verse:
1 Timothy 3:15 (New International Version)
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
As a servant and minister of CHRIST JESUS, Apostle Paul wants Pastor Timothy to devote himself to three things, namely: (1) bible reading - this is bible reading inside the church, in the pulpit, in front of all believers and unbelievers, (2) preaching and (3) teaching. To devote oneself is to "give attendance" meaning "to hold the mind towards", "to pay attention to", "to be cautious about", "to apply oneself to", "to adhere to", "to be given to" and "to have regard"
A. Bibe Reading
"devote yourself to [public and private] reading"
Deuteronomy 17:19 (Amplified Bible)
And he shall keep it with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn [reverently] to fear the Lord his God, by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them,
Acts 17:11 (Amplified Bible)
Now these [Jews] were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Romans 15:4 (Amplified Bible)
For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.
"to exhortation (preaching and personal appeals),"
Acts 18:5 (Amplified Bible)
By the time Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was completely engrossed with preaching, earnestly arguing and testifying to the Jews that Jesus [is] the Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:23 (Amplified Bible)
We preach Christ (the Messiah) crucified, [preaching which] to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block [that springs a snare or trap], and to the Gentiles it is absurd and utterly unphilosophical nonsense.