Archive for March, 2009

Timothy’s Curriculum

March 31, 2009 Leave a comment

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?

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Message from the Spirit

March 30, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 1-5, Paul warns Timothy against arbitrary rules of conduct.

Marriage should not be forbidden, and strict food rules are unbiblical.

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Categories: 1 timothy, bible, new testament

Outline of 1 Timothy 4

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Teach only what the Spirit teaches you
  2. Spiritual health is even more important than physical health
  3. Timothy, remember and apply your special spiritual gift
  4. Reminder: teach the truth of the Spirit
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Follow the Leader

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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There is no such thing as a leader in isolation.

Someone is always above the person who appears to be in charge.

In fact, when Jesus was on earth, he made it clear that he was simply fulfilling his father’s business.Related articles by Zemanta

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March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

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  1. came to earth
  2. was fully human
  3. pleased God
  4. was seen by angels
  5. preached to the nations
  6. had people put their faith in him
  7. returned to heaven

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Why Write?

March 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Paul would rather visit Timothy in person, but he may be delayed.

Writing is another way to share truth about the Christian life.

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Qualifications of a Deacon

March 25, 2009 Leave a comment

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  1. Man of dignity
  2. Not double-tongued
  3. Not a lush
  4. Not fond of sordid gain
  5. Holds to faith with clear conscience
  6. Tested
  7. Beyond reproach
  8. Monogamous
  9. Effective manager of children
  10. Effective manager of home life
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Qualifications of an Overseer (Elder)

March 24, 2009 1 comment

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Worthy goal
  1. Above reproach
  2. Monogamous
  3. Temperate
  4. Prudent
  5. Respectable
  6. Hospitable
  7. Able to teach
  8. Not a lush
  9. Gentle
  10. Peaceable
  11. Not in love with money
  12. Manages household well
  13. Children are well-behaved
    1. Leadership starts in the home, not the church
  14. Experienced Christian
    1. Not conceited
    2. Avoid devil’s condemnation
  15. Good secular reputation
    1. Not fall into reproach
    2. Avoid the snare of the devil
Based upon the NASV

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Elders and Deacons

March 23, 2009 Leave a comment

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Paul writes that people who desire to take leadership in the church have an admirable goal.

This reminds me of a conversation I had once with a friend. We discussed volunteering, and I asked why anyone would ever subject themselves to school board service. It’s stressful and unpaid.

He replied that his brother had been a school board president, and that the goal was to help the schools improve and provide a top-notch education.

I imagine that this should be the motivation of church elders and deacons, too.

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Outline of 1 Timothy 3

March 22, 2009 Leave a comment

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