What do you think of when you think about 1Timothy? Maybe the description of elders and deacons comes to mind. Maybe you run to the passage about women’s role in the church. Maybe something else catches your eye. Most people tend to look at it as a letter of church order. But that is only a pice of the much larger puzzle.
1Timothy teaches that the gospel has a certain effect on those who hear, understand, and live it. The gospel effect is the practical and very obvious changes that happen when we look to the good news of Jesus. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We place our eyes and hearts on the things above (Colossians 3:2). We pursue holiness because our God is holy (1Peter 1:16).
Paul writes to Timothy, a young pastor at Ephesus, to combat false doctrine. He instructs in right doctrine that flows from a proper gospel understanding. I will be posting before each sermon in 1Timothy to get your minds and hearts going, and, Lord willing, to wet your appetite for the upcoming passage. The posts will all be short and concise.
Our first time together in 1Timothy will be July 10, 2016. I want to encourage you to read two passages prior to our time and meditate on those scriptures: 1Timothy (as a whole but with a concentration on 1:1-2) and Revelation 2:1-7. Notice the church’s instruction in 1Timothy and what had happened later to the church at Ephesus. Pray that you would have a love of the Christ of the gospel and not just a love of the knowledge of the gospel. Pray that you would be willing to submit yourself to all proper applications of God’s Word, that you would take it all very seriously. And pray that we, as Calvary Baptist Church, would seek to love Jesus and his good news so that it produces much fruit in our corporate pursuit of holiness.