Paul informs the Corinthian church that he is sending Timothy to remind them of Paul’s “way of life.”
Timothy’s ministry is still a partnership, based upon teamwork and modeling, but he is now being sent out alone.
Paul is gradually giving Timothy more and more independence and authority.
In Acts 16-20, Timothy appears seven times. In every case, his is part of a group.
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Christians must be evervigilant.
Hymenaeus and Alexander were sincere believers whose faith ws “shipwrecked.”
Paul “handed them over to Satan” to teach them a lesson.
It is vital that believers not engage in sinful actions which require this level of intervention.
But many of us do, in fact, require a strong level of correction.
Part of keeping our faith strong is avoiding pointless arguments.
This is not the same thing as avoiding thoughtful conversation. But debate is futile in the arena of science vs. religion.
So don’t bother.
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Image by TW Collins via FlickrIn verses 6-12, Paul teaches the following:
- Goal: godliness with contentment
- Implied: a person can experience godliness without contentment!
- Existence: we enter and leave the world with nothing of value
- Needs: food and clothing
- Wants: everything else
- Danger: love of everything else
- Consequence: ruin and destruction
- Alternative: pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness
- Word picture: fight the good fight of faith
- Result: eternal life
- What does the Bible say about the prosperity gospel? (searching4god.blogspot.com)
Image by The Library of Congress via FlickrIn verses 1-2, Paul directs Timothy (and the members of his church) not to distinguish among the various gender and age groups represented, but to treat one another respectfully, as brothers and sisters and parents.
What gift do I neglect? What gift do you neglect, dear Reader?
Paul suggests that Timothy base his teaching upon the content of verses 1-5.
Who picks your curriculum, dear Reader? How do you decide what to study and learn?