1 Timothy

1 Timothy 2

8Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. 9And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions 10but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

Paul encourages Timothy to encourage people to pray.  Prayer is an important part of the believer's life.  Too often we want to skip this part of our Christian walk.  We would much rather talk and discuss what we should be praying about instead of praying.  Prayer can be difficult and boring at times but it is effective and powerful.  

I want to encourage you to pray.  Come and join together with us this Wednesday as we pray for our nation, state, city, and one another.  This is one of the most important thing any believer can do.


1 Timothy

Paul’s two letters to Timothy, along with Titus and Philemon, are unique in the New Testament. They were written to individuals rather than to churches. The first three of these letters are commonly called the “pastoral letters.” This is because 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus were written to instruct young leaders about how to carry out their itinerant ministries. Even so, about 10 percent of the material in these letters has to do with church organization or program. Paul concentrates most of his advice in two areas: These young leaders are to urge the churches to maintain purity of doctrine and lifestyle.

Paul’s first letter to Timothy was apparently written during that imprisonment in Rome with which the Book of Acts concludes. Most believe that Paul was released from this imprisonment, went off on another preaching mission, and was subsequently arrested and taken to Rome again. Paul’s second letter to Timothy was written during this second imprisonment, which the apostle did not survive. Eusebius, an early church historian, reports that “Paul is said, after having defended himself, to have set forth again upon the ministry of preaching, and to have entered the city [Rome] a second time, and to have ended his life by martyrdom. While then a prisoner, he wrote the second epistle to Timothy, in which he both mentions his first defense, and his impending death.”

It is clear from several references within these letters, as well as testimony of history, that the pastoral epistles date from near the end of the Apostolic Age. Only the letters of John may be later in origin. Thus the pastorals reflect the growing hostility of many in the Roman world to the church and the dangers a developed faith continues to face today.

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1 Timothy 6

Justin Eaves

Paul starts off by addressing all  who are under the yoke of slavery.  At first I just read right through this, but as I began to allow God to open my eyes I realized that Paul is actually talking to everyone here. We are all slaves to something. I would like to think that I am a slave to Christ, but if I am honest with myself there are many times that I am a slave to other things. What are the things that fill our days, is it God, or are we slaves to something else.

As we continue reading v. 5 Paul  begins to address the issue of money and how many have been robbed of the truth and think that godliness is a means to financial gain. I have heard so many people preach about how if you are walking with God then you will have money, or you will be blessed. They talk about how living in poverty means you are not walking in Gods blessing. Or how many of us as Christians try to seek God for blessings. We have a relationship with God because of what He can do for us, not how can I serve Him. I have found myself many times making promises to do something for God if He will do something for me. If we are truly slaves to Him then we are called to serve him.

Paul tells us in v.6 that godliness with contentment is great gain. In Philippians 4 Paul talks about how he has learned to be content in all situations. He says that he has been in need and he has had plenty, but he is content because God gives him the strength in every situation. We need to focus on serving God because we love Him and trust Him in every situation that we face. We don't need to worry about the material things of this world, God will provide for our needs. Paul was an amazing example of this.

v.10 says that the love of money is the root of all evil. So many of us get caught up in this issue of money. Now I'm not saying having money or nice things are bad. I like nice things and I want to have money. I think T.D Jakes said it best "owning nice stuff is not bad, having nice stuff own you is." 

The questions that I am left to ponder:
Do I serve God for what I can do for Him?
Do I serve God for what He can do for me? 
Do I serve the things of this world?
Do I allow God to use me to serve the world? 



1 Timothy 5

Russ McQueen

I Timothy 5

The Gospel is more about “we” than “me.” Jesus builds a community of faith, united in prayer and purpose, not a new age headquarters where each tends to their own private “spirituality.”

Does Paul instruct Timothy to obsess on each believer’s personal relationship with Jesus in his heart? Does he instruct Timothy to run around meeting everyone’s personal needs? No. Paul's emphasis is on building and protecting the power, purpose and unity of the Church. Rather than some sort of syrupy spiritualism, he exhorts appropriate, practical behavior and godliness in community, with love, soundness of doctrine, and singleness of purpose.

This is spiritual meat rather than milk, and this is what the Great Commission looked like when it was fresh and vital and hugely successful. It wasn’t perfect, but it sure was real.

Jesus, then and now, is above all, King of all, the Great Commissioner, the One in whose heart we reside. We don’t acquire Him like a painting and hang Him privately in our hearts; we pledge ourselves to Him, becoming His people, dedicated to His service.

I fear much of the Church (especially me) has been so dulled by a culture of “I”, “me” and “my” that it easily becomes “Jesus and me and there ain’t three.” (No, make that “Jesus and me and there ain’t no Great Commission.”)

Lord, thank you for your Word, and for Paul’s letters to Timothy. Please drive your lessons of unity and solidarity home to us, and weld us together into a strategic force that gains souls for you and for your Kingdom. Teach us to give our hearts to you and to others. Advance us to adulthood and renew our minds, Holy Spirit, as we do our best to cooperate. Take our attention off self-centered, infantile spirituality and help us do our parts in the advancement of your Kingdom. Amen.


1 Timothy 4

Gary Parker

1 Timothy 4:8 (New International Version) For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Fitness fever is sweeping through the church! I see it on Facebook entries, hear it in conversations and see it written on the figures and physiques of those pursuing health and fitness. A new vocabulary has arisen out of this craze - including shakes and beach bodies, Zumba (isn’t that the robot vacuum cleaner?) and Pilates, UFC and MMA and KBC, and Spinning (Arrrgh! I pulled a muscle just typing all of that). Truth be told, I’ve even caught the bug and have visited the gym a time or two myself and I feel great!

It’s no wonder that Paul refers to the example, effort and benefits of physical training to encourage me to apply the same sacrifice and dedication to my spiritual regimen in order to grow (be built up) in godliness.  In fact, Paul holds this spiritual training up as more valuable than the physical training in that it, “…[holds out the promise] for both the present life and the life to come.” In other words, if I am willing to do these things for the physical body that is, despite my best efforts, slowly decaying then I should all the more be willing to put forth the same effort for the Spirit Man which is “being renewed every day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

As I am beginning to recognize the benefits of setting aside the time to train, as I am trying to deny myself the momentary pleasures of foods that I know are harmful, as I am seeking to maintain a healthy diet, as I endure the discomfort and pain of physical exertion for the payoff of health, strength and longevity and as my fitness might inspire others to get into shape; may I all the more make the effort to  find time for prayer, may I all the more turn away from the temptations of the world that offer momentary satisfaction yet whose destructive effects linger long after, may I all the more find myself thriving on a constant diet from the Word of God, may I all the more gladly endure suffering for Christ in anticipation of the glory of the Cross and, as I experience and exhibit the love, joy, peace and presence of God in my life, may it inspire others to seek the blessings of a life lived for Christ.



1 Timothy 3

Betty McQueen

1 Timothy 3: 15 – “…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.”

House rules…every home has them.  Some are unspoken and some are talked about and discussed openly.  Some are guidelines or standards.  They are the rules that everyone in the household is expected to follow.  When the rules are followed, there is harmony.  When the rules are broken, there is disharmony and problems in the relationships.  When my kids were small, at one time or another, they questioned every one of our family rules.  They would often ask why we had rules and why there were consequences if they were broken.  I guess it’s a universal human trait…we question rules.

But here in this verse, Paul answers why the guidelines he’s talking about in this epistle are important.  He describes the church as “God’s household” and “the pillar and foundation of the truth.”   I’m a member of this household because Jesus paid the price to bring me into his adopted family.  What a privilege!  What a family!

Lord, help me to remember my place in your family.  Help me to remember the price that was paid to make me your child. Help me to remember that this is no ordinary household…it’s the pillar and foundation of the truth to the world.  Help me remember that my desire and ability to obey you flows from a surrendered heart of love for you.



1 Timothy 2

Chap 1:15-19Here's a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I'm proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever...I'm passing this work on to you…

Chap 2:1-7
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.  He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we've learned: that there's one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free

This is good stuff.  Paul tells us that Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  He went as far as saving the worst of the worst - us.  Now we have been handed a mission from God - be examples to a watching world of God's love and His transforming power in our lives.  You see it is God's desire that everyone comes to know Him and walk in relationship with Him and He wants us to do the legwork for Him.

With this understanding of our mission here is the first step towards fulfilling it - get together and pray!!!  Prayer must be our priority because in order to bring people to Christ we must wage a spiritual battle first.

Two things...
We have corporate prayer tomorrow evening at the church from 7-8:30pm, come join us as we obey what God has called us to do.

The second thing is that I want to encourage you to make a list of people who you want to see come to Christ (many of you should have this already) and begin to pray daily for them.

For freedom!!! (Think Braveheart)


1 Timothy 1

Warren Vivian

"Oh, how kind and gracious the LORD was!  He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 1:14 NLT).

The Apostle Paul was well aware of his own colorful past.  But, rather than being forever disqualified from serving God, he used it as a springboard for his commission in Christ Jesus.  Paul had persecuted the Church and  misrepresented God in the process.  God forgave Paul and used him mightily for his Kingdom.

Condemnation is a vile strategy Satan uses to drive a wedge between us and God. Our failures are replayed over and over in an effort to keep us away from God.  Conviction on the other hand is the ministry of the Holy Spirit and draws us near to the loving arms of our Savior.  I too have a colorful past and I am often faced with feelings of inadequacy.  My faith in God and my love for Christ seem to fall so short at times.  But, I too have experienced God's kindness and grace.  I too am an extravagant reminder of His grace and mercy. 

Father, thank you for revealing your Son to this sinner.  I am confident of this, "He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it."  Thank you for filling me completely with faith and the love of Chris Jesus.  May my faith and love grow as our relationship deepens.