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Summary: PENTECOST 18(C) - God, our Savior, wants all men to be saved therefore beleivers constantly pray for all people and believers also proclaim God’s Word of truth.

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GOD...WANTS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED

1 Timothy 2:1-8 - October 12, 2003

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-8

1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle--I am telling the truth, I am not lying--and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

8I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

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Dearest Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:

When we look around at the world, sometimes we wonder to ourselves how long will the world continue in its present state. Sometimes we wonder to ourselves if we have already surpassed the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah and if society could ever change and turn around and repent. So we might be tempted to throw up our hands in despair and say, "Oh Lord, how long will it be before you return?" Part of that is because the world certainly has grown much more sinful in recent years than one could even remember. Part of that attitude is also because we live in a society that is impatient and wants to see things done now or sooner. This morning, we are again reminded that the Lord has His own time according to His own plans. Paul says in our text that God wants all men to be saved. In Peter we are also told: "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance"(2 PETER 3:9). So the world goes on and the Lord patiently waits for more to come to repentance. Because as Paul tells us it is our great joy to know that God our Savior wants all men to be saved. He gives us direction and encouragement of how that can come about and how we can be part of God’s great saving plan.

Today we consider that fact that:

God…wants all men to be saved.

I. We constantly pray for all people

II. We proclaim God’s Word of truth.

I. We constantly pray for all people

A brief review for ourselves: these are the words of Apostle Paul who was a veteran mission missionary and now was turning back to do more mission work. He left behind Timothy at the congregation of Ephesus. Paul was going to give Timothy advice and encouragement. (If you look in your Bibles in chapter 2, the heading says, "Instructions on Worship.") Paul gives instructions on worship for the congregation but also for Timothy in his own private worship. In the second chapter, verse 1, Paul talks about praying and praying and praying and praying again. He says: 1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- He uses four different words that mean the same thing--to pray, pray and to pray some more. In other words Paul says pray constantly. The last word meaning prays means to pray with thanksgiving.


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