Today's Passage: 1 Timothy 1
FIGHTIN' WORDS: Unfortunately, for nearly as long as the church has existed, there have been those who have tried to pull it off of its original foundations. Sometimes the controversy is started by those who seek followers based on obscure rules are adherence to unbiblical doctrine. Others pull the church's attention away from the gospel and to whatever woke social causes happen to be popular. The advice Paul gave Timothy millennia ago still holds true today: "command men not to teach false doctrines (v3) or anything else contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God (v10-11)." False teaching must always be aggressively rooted out of the church.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst (v15).
SING IT, PAUL! As we went through the Psalms this summer in our morning services, we were reminded over and over of the importance of singing. Though we don't know for certain, it's very probable that Paul worked in the lyrics of early hymns into his letters. Verse 17 is an example:
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.
Poetic, rhythmic lines like that are powerful because they are easy to memorize and think about often. I'm sure a certain hymn comes to mind even as you read v17, right? Use the comment box below to quote a line from a favorite hymn or contemporary Christian song that sticks in your mind.
Follow the AAA Prayer Pattern:
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Immortal, invisible, God only wise; in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes.
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God will equip you to help keep your church focused on the true gospel.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: