When You’re Facing Death’s Door

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Today we begin the book of 2 Timothy, a letter written by Paul to his disciple and fellow pastor Timothy.  2 Timothy is very likely the last letter that Paul wrote before he was executed (beheaded by Caesar Nero).  When you read 2 Timothy, you’ll notice clues that Paul himself knew that his days on earth were coming to a close.  As such, this letter is very tender and heartfelt, like a last letter from a father to his son.  

2 Timothy 1:1 (NIV) 
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 

On verse 1:  Paul would often begin his letters by identifying himself as “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God”. 

Fight for Your Life

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 6:11-21. Let’s go!

1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV) 
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 

On verse 11:  Paul tells Timothy: instead of being swept up by false teaching (v3-5) and a love of money (v9-10), flee from all that and instead chase righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (v11).  What can we learn from this?  The quality of your life and the legacy you leave will be determined by what you chase.  Chase money and false teaching, come up empty.  Chase Jesus, come up full.

The Dangers of Loving Money

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 6:1-10.  Let’s go!  

1 Timothy 6:1-2 (NIV) 
1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 
2 Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them. 

How to Treat and Choose Leaders

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 5:17-25.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 5:17-18 (NIV) 
17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 

On verses 17-18:  Here Paul gives instructions on how pastors (also sometimes called “overseers” and “elders” elsewhere in the New Testament) should be treated. 

Represent Jesus and Your Church Well in Front of Others

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 5:9-16.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 5:9-10 (NIV) 
9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 
10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. 

Lead By Example and By Your Words

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 4:11-16.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 4:11 (NIV) 
11 Command and teach these things. 

On verse 11:  Can a pastor command his congregation to do certain things?  According to Paul in verse 11, yes a pastor can, but always with gentleness and respect and always leading by example (as we’ll see in the next verse).  Western culture tends to focus so much on individual freedom and equality, such that we tend to downplay or even ignore the truth that our pastor or spiritual leaders have authority over us.  When met with the idea that we must follow and submit to our pastors and spiritual leaders, we might retort, “Well, we are all broken and prone to error.”  Paul recognized that we are all broken and prone to error, but he still told Timothy to command and teach his church.  He urged him to step courageously into his role as their leader and spiritual authority.

Train Yourself to Be Godly

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 4:1-10.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) 
7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
8 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. 

False teachers were telling people in Timothy’s church that if you really want to be holy and acceptable in God’s sight, you must never marry and you must abstain from eating certain foods (most likely referring to the dietary rules in Leviticus and Numbers of the Old Testament).  In response, Paul says 2 things. 

Let Your Life Reflects the Excellence of Jesus

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 3:8-16.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 3:8-9 (NIV) 
8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 

On verses 8-9:  In these verses Paul describes the qualifications that deacons must meet.  Deacons were special helpers to the overseer/pastor.  They would assist the overseer/pastor in caring for the flock and possibly also leading certain ministries in the church.

Leadership Begins with Character

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Today’s passage is.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 3:1 (NIV) 
1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 

On verse 1:   Paul is about to list the qualifications that a person must meet in order to be an “overseer” or, as other translations put it, a pastor, elder, or bishop in the church.  But before listing those qualifications, Paul first affirms that the work of a overseer/pastor is a noble work.  If you dream of being a leader in God’s kingdom because you want to serve others and use your life for God’s glory, that is definitely a noble dream and a good work.

Be a Humble Servant, Not a Distraction

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Today’s passage is 1 Timothy 2:8-15.  Let’s go!

1 Timothy 2:8 (NIV) 
8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. 

On verse 8:  Some people stereo typically think, “It’s the man’s job to work and the woman’s job to pray”.  But here Paul affirms that one of the most important things a man can do is to devote himself to prayer.  When a man devotes himself to prayer, he is much better able to lead in his home, to see things from God’s perspective, to bring God’s wisdom to situations and to model Christ to those in his care (especially his own family).