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Summary: To enumerate men's activities inside the church.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Special instructions for men in the church.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To enumerate men's activities inside the church.

IV. TEXT:

1 Timothy 2:8 (Amplified Bible)

I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands.

V. THESIS:

Men should lift hands in prayer, without anger and without any quarrels.

VI. TITLE:

For the men

VII. EXPLICATION:

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:

A. Lift up holy hands in prayer

"I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, ... lifting up holy hands"

Psalms 28:2 (Amplified Bible)

Hear the voice of my supplication as I cry to You for help, as I lift up my hands toward Your innermost sanctuary (the Holy of Holies).

Psalms 63:4 (Amplified Bible)

So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

Psalms 141:2 (Amplified Bible)

Let my prayer be set forth as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Our lifting of our hands is the extension of our heart to GOD. GOD is pleased with our faith not with our positions of prayer.

B. Without anger

"without anger"

Proverbs 16:32 (Amplified Bible)

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 (Amplified Bible)

Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.

Psalms 37:8 (Amplified Bible)

Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

The man or husband is representative of CHRIST here on earth. That's why we can see the manifestations of these, if a father got born again in an unbelieving family, the children will right away goes to church with the father, but when the mother got born again in an unbelieving family, the children stays at home with the father during Sundays and only the mother goes to church alone.

C. Without disputing

"or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds],"

Dispute - quarrel, verbal contest

Proverbs 17:14 (Amplified Bible)

The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out.

1 Corinthians 6:1 (Amplified Bible)

DOES ANY of you dare, when he has a matter of complaint against another [brother], to go to law before unrighteous men [men neither upright nor right with God, laying it before them] instead of before the saints (the people of God)?


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