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Summary: A study of Paul’s comments on "these things" in the book of 1 Timothy.

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THESE THINGS

1 TIMOTHY 3:14-15

SERMON #1

INTRODUCTION:

I’VE BEEN STUDYING THE BOOK OF 1ST TIMOTHY LATELY, AND IN MY STUDY, I’VE NOTICED A PHRASE THAT PAUL KEEPS USING OVER AND OVER AS HE WRITES TO THIS YOUNG MINISTER, TIMOTHY.

THE PHRASE IS “THESE THINGS”.

NOW I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT WHEN SOMETHING IN SCRIPTURE IS REPEATED, IT CATCHES MY ATTENTION.

I’M THE INQUISITIVE TYPE.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE WRITER WAS TRYING TO GET ACROSS TO THE READERS WHEN HE WROTE SOMETHING.

SO I LIKE TO DIG DEEPER WHEN I FIND THESE REPETITIVE PHRASES.

AND AS I HAVE BEGUN TO STUDY THROUGH THIS PHRASE, I HAVE FOUND THAT THERE IS SOME DEEP SIGNIFICANCE FOR GOD’S PEOPLE.

OF COURSE, THAT’S THE CASE THROUGH THE ENTIRE BIBLE, BUT AGAIN, IT’S THE REPETITION THAT CAUSES ME TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS MORE HERE FOR US.

YOU MAY SAY, PREACHER, WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES REPETITION HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

DOES GOD REALLY REPEAT THINGS FOR A REASON?

WELL, REPEATING A PERSON’S NAME IS A FORM OF INTIMACY.

WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO ABRAHAM AT MOUNT MORIAH, AS HE IS ABOUT TO PLUNGE THE KNIFE INTO THE BREAST OF ISAAC, HE SAYS, "ABRAHAM, ABRAHAM." OR WHEN GOD ENCOURAGES JACOB IN HIS OLD AGE TO TAKE THE TRIP TO EGYPT, HE SAYS, "JACOB, JACOB" (GENESIS 22:11, 46:2). COMPARE THE CALL OF MOSES FROM THE BURNING BUSH: "MOSES, MOSES," OR THE CALL OF SAMUEL IN THE NIGHT, "SAMUEL, SAMUEL" (EXODUS 3:4; 1 SAM 3:10).

WE DO THE SAME THING WITH OUR CHILDREN.

WHEN WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR INTIMACY TO THEM, WE WILL OFTEN REPEAT THEIR NAME.

SO REPETITION IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN SCRIPTURE.

WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT HOW WE WILL FIND THE SAME WORD USED MANY TIMES IN THE BIBLE, AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD CONSIDERED IT IMPORTANT FOR HIS CHILDREN, BECAUSE HE REPEATED IT SO OFTEN.

THE SAME PRINCIPLE IS AT WORK WITH THE PHRASE “THESE THINGS”.

JUST IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, YOU CAN FIND THIS PHRASE AROUND SIXTY TIMES.

SO NATURALLY, THE QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE “THESE THINGS”?

TAKE YOUR BIBLE AND TURN WITH ME TO THE BOOK OF 1ST TIMOTHY, CHAPTER 3.

LET’S READ VERSES 14 AND 15.

STAND – READ – PRAY

THIS SERIES OF MESSAGES WILL BE ESPECIALLY VALUABLE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, SO I WANT YOU TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO “THESE THINGS”.

BUT THEY ALSO HAVE GREAT VALUE FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE NOT SO YOUNG, BECAUSE PAUL SHARES WITH US “HOW CHURCH SHOULD BE DONE”.

HOW PEOPLE OUGHT TO ACT IN GOD’S HOUSEHOLD, IN THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD.

SO IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THESE THINGS, BECAUSE THE CHURCH HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE SALT AND LIGHT IN THE WORLD.

TO FLAVOR AND ILLUMINATE THE CULTURE.

BUT TOO OFTEN, WE HAVE ALLOWED THE CULTURE TO FLAVOR THE CHURCH.

1. WHY PAUL WROTE “THESE THINGS”.

2. FOR FRONT-LINE FIGHTING

a. IFYOU LOOK BACK IN CHAPTER 1, PAUL SAID THAT HIS REASON FOR HIS INSTRUCTION WAS SO THAT TIMOTHY COULD STRONGLY ENGAGE IN BATTLE.

b. THAT PHRASE “STRONGLY ENGAGED IN BATTLE” MEANS TO “COMPLETELY EXECUTE YOUR SERVICE.”

c. PAUL WANTED TIMOTHY TO HAVE ALL THE TOOLS THAT HE NEEDED TO DO WHAT GOD WANTED HIM TO DO.

d. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY IS THAT THEY ARE NOT “ENGAGED”.


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