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Paul & Timothy in 1 Corintians 4

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

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.

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Timothy times twenty-nine

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

The name Timothy appears in the Bible 29 times.

In Acts 16-20, Timothy appears seven times. In every case, his is part of a group.

There is no need to be a Lone Ranger in service to Christ. Timothy’s early service was completely as a member of a team.

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We Meet Timothy

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

According to the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary Volume 2: New Testament, we first meet Timothy in Acts 16:1-3, part of Paul’s second missionary journey.

It is believed that Timothy first came to faith as a result of Paul’s preaching on his first missionary journey, just two years before Paul recruits him.

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Hymenaeus and Alexander

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

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.

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Avoid Pointless Arguments

April 18, 2009 Leave a comment

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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Characteristics of Jesus

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Ecce Homo ("Behold the Man"), Antoni...Image via Wikipedia

  1. God gives life
  2. Testified before Pontius Pilate
  3. Will reappear on earth
  4. Blessed
  5. Sovereign
  6. Top King
  7. Top Lord
  8. Immortal
  9. Surrounded in unapproachable light
  10. Never seen by humans
  11. Honored
  12. Eternal ruler
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Love of Money

April 15, 2009 Leave a comment

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In verses 6-12, Paul teaches the following:

  1. Goal: godliness with contentment
  2. Implied: a person can experience godliness without contentment!
  3. Existence: we enter and leave the world with nothing of value
  4. Needs: food and clothing
  5. Wants: everything else
  6. Danger: love of everything else
  7. Consequence: ruin and destruction
  8. Alternative: pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness
  9. Word picture: fight the good fight of faith
  10. Result: eternal life
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We Are Family

April 6, 2009 Leave a comment

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In 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.

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Keep Up the Good Work

April 3, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 13-16, Paul encourages Timothy to use his gift to continue teaching and sharing Scripture.

He also tells Timothy not to neglect his gift. This implies that it’s possible to neglect spiritual gifts.

What gift do I neglect? What gift do you neglect, dear Reader?

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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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