Summary: 2 of 3. Paul warned Timothy of the dynamics required to fulfill his charge. Believers must be aware of the dynamics surrounding the fulfillment of their Christian service. What are some of these dynamics? Christian service must embrace...
DYNAMICS That EFFECT CHRISTIAN SERVICE-II—1Timothy 1:18-20
Linda & Jill were chatting over coffee. "I've been experiencing a strange & painful side effect from coffee. I'm fine when I drink it black, but if I use cream, or sugar, or both, I get a stabbing pain in one eye, said Linda."
Linda then took a sip of her coffee. "Ow!" she cried. "There it goes again!"
"Linda, take the spoon out of the cup!" replied Jill.
Certain dynamics were present as Linda drank her coffee with cream or sugar that effected her eye!
Likewise there are Dynamics that Effect our Christian Service.
Dynamics effecting Christian service
Paul warned Timothy of the dynamics required to fulfill his charge.
Believers must be aware of the dynamics surrounding the fulfillment of their Christian service.
What are some dynamics effecting/pertinent to/ Christian service?
We looked at only 1 of these the last time we were in 1Timothy, & found...
Christian service must embrace the...
1. TRAINING Dynamic(:18a)
Today we’ll continue in that vein & look at more dynamics that must be embraced in our Christian service.
2—Christian service must embrace the...
:18—“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,”
Paul makes reference to the “prophecies” which had been voiced earlier regarding Timothy’s calling to apostolic/pastoral ministry.
What exactly were the prophecies? They obviously entailed Timothy’s calling into itinerant ministry(1:2)—preaching(2Tim. 4:2)/ministerial/evangelical(2Tim. 4:5)/pastoral.
No one states a true “prophecy” apart from God. Some unexpected people spout prophecy—Balaam the hireling prophet, Cyrus king of Persia, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, etc. God used them due to their position but their statements were not their own. We can’t arrive at God’s declarative truth by our inherent human wisdom.
1Cor. 1:19-21—“For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
Do we become what others have stated?—Allowing others to influence us in such profound ways that they outshine God’s will.
Do we rather become what God has stated?!— Allowing God’s will(s) to influence us in such profound ways that they outshine worldly wills.
Jn. 1:12-13—“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Our personally received ‘prophesies’ are partially granted by means of the recognitions of others regarding our...
...giftedness...destiny...service...calling...direction...& so on.
1Pet. 1:13-19—“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, & rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish & without spot.”
1Cor. 12:4-7, 11—“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:”.....“But one & the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
1Cor. 14:12—“Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.”
1Pet. 4:10-11—“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory & the dominion forever & ever. Amen.”
These are all general statements & not personal ones. How do I know what I’m called to?...