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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This week we begin reading through what are commonly called the “pastoral epistles.” They are letters that were written to pastors of the early church: two to a man named Timothy, and then one to a man named Titus. Because these were written to church leaders at the time of the apostles, they give us much insight into how Christ’s church is to be ordered and governed.

One interesting thing to notice as we read through these letters is that the first-century church faced cultural challenges not unlike those we face today. There is nothing new under the sun. Take, for example, the apostle’s instructions in chapter 2 that women are to dress modestly, devote themselves to good works, and to quietly receive instruction in the church, rather than teaching and exercising authority over men. What could be more relevant in our feminist culture today?

This kind of cultural relevance continues in chapter 3, where the Apostle Paul gives qualifications for officers in the church. These qualifications include that an elder should “manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity” (1 Tim. 3:4). What could be more relevant to a culture intent on kicking the authority of fathers to the curb?

One more relevant passage: In 1 Timothy 6:17–19: “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” What could be more relevant to a church with many wealthy members living in the wealthy suburbs of Cincinnati?

Brothers and sisters, do not be conceited nor fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Do good. Be rich in good works. Be generous and ready to share, storing up for yourselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that you may take hold of that which is life indeed.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
—1 Timothy 6:10

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)
  • Confession – “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
  • Thanksgiving – “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor.” (1 Timothy 1:12)
  • Supplication – “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (1 Timothy 2:1–2)

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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