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Paul & Timothy in 1 Corintians 4

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

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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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