Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Message 34 Joy is found in the Lord

1 Timothy 6:17-19      Message 34  Joy found in the Lord

We have noted that our Lord Jesus that “…before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession…”  and we should also witness a good confession before those in the world, knowing and trusting in the truth –

 Hebrews 13:20-21  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  

In order to accomplish God’s purpose for our lives in bringing glory to Him, we must act upon that which we have learned.  The pastor is to preach, to practice, and to encourage every believer to –

      a.  Be careful in fellowship. That they will withdraw themselves from evil and give themselves to listen and obey ‘wholesome words’.  1 Timothy 6:3-5

      b.  Be content in material pursuits.  1 Timothy 6:6-11

      c.  Be contending for the faith.  1 Timothy 6:12-16

This morning we look to the command to be –

      d.  Be constantly exhorting the brethren about –

Their present desire,

Their precarious position,

Their positive action.                         We begin with –

        1).  Their present desire    Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19

1 Timothy 6:17-19  Charge them that are rich in this world….

They have accumulated much in this present world,  and are not to put off  being a blessing to others, but to be a help to them now!

We all need to understand this truth – Refuse to hold tight to things!

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

This command from Paul hearkens back to the Kingdom truths taught by the Lord in what is commonly called the Beatitudes.  

Matthew 5:3-12  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

How many of us are raising up our hands high right now and saying “Please Lord, let this be me”!

These are lessons for the Kingdom, but if a believer wants to have a bit of Heaven on earth, so to speak, these attitudes and actions, which are completely contrary to the present world system, should be applied to our day to day lives.  The testimony of this life will be apparent to the unbeliever as a contradiction to the desires of the flesh.  Notice carefully the description given by the Lord and see what is not listed –

Humble (5:3),   Compassionate  (5:4)),    Obedient (5:5)                                      Honest  (5:6),  Helpers  (5:7)  Holy  (5:8), Ambassadors  (5:9)  Unashamed (5:10)

Is this how the Lord would describe us?

We find no mention of the wealthy, the powerful, the celebrity,  – those people that the world lifts up to praise and honour.  We must remember what is important in the eyes of God.

So we are instructed again in this letter to Timothy of the importance of a changed life in this present corrupt world.

Following their present desire, we look to –

        2).  Their precarious position.  They are warned of –

          a).  Their vanity –

“…that they be not highminded,…”

See the use of this word used by Paul –

Romans 11:19-21  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Do not believe that we, as many of them did, are in a protected position and cannot be touched by the chastisement of God or the circumstances that trouble others.

And they are warned of –

          b).  Their vulnerability –

“…nor trust in uncertain riches…”  They believe their wealth is a wall of protection and insulates them from the common tragedies of this life.

Proverbs 23:5  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Ecclesiastes 5:13  There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Following this warning, we see the blessings offered through –

        3).  Their positive actions –  They are to trust –

   “…in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;…”

How do we truly enjoy the wealth God gives?  We are given the answer here –

  “That they do good, that they be rich in good works,  ready to distribute, willing to communicate; “

Giving of things and sharing those things, being in common with themIt is easy to give something and take your hand back, but here we are to give something and share it with them.  We see that this has to do with giving our hearts. Give those things that will meet the spiritual an physical needs of the person.

Look at the example of giving and the rejoicing that comes to the person giving in the following verses –

1 Chronicles 29:1-17  Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God. Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal: The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD? Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly, And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

We see that the joy did not come through the material things, but through using these things for the glory of God and the good of the people.

“Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come…”

Using God’s creation for Him and being a blessing to others.  Trust the Lord to care for you and care for others through you –

Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Conclusion:

“…that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

Do we understand what eternal life means at this present time?

It means that everything we go through here is just for a moment.

It means the experiences that we have in this present time should be an encouragement to us as we discover where our eternal which we lay hold onto now life is leading us.

Consider these things, that even in a life filled with trouble, just one thing after another, we have experienced some moments of joy –

A friend found

A life long love established

A hurt healed

A sorrow comforted

The prosperity preachers have it all backwards!  We do not give to get.  We get to give! And we do it over and over and over!

How much can you give before you cross the line of this life and enter into the presence of the Lord.

Enjoyment is short lived in the things that we accumulate as we pass through, but the joy we share with others through the Lord Jesus Christ, exalting God every day builds a good foundation in the coming days and on into eternity. 

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant…”

What blessed words to hear from the Lord.

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:13-16 The Example of the Saviour Message 33

1 Timothy 6:13-16  The Example of the Saviour  Message 33

We have learned that the pastor is to practice and to preach that believer’s will –

      a.  Be careful in fellowship. “…any man…” including Religious teachers, withdraw themselves from evil and give themselves to listen and obey ‘wholesome words’.

      b.  Be content in material pursuits.  1 Timothy 6:6-11

      c.  Be contending for the faith.  1 Timothy 6:12-16

We have been warned of the dangers of accumulating money as a method of setting ourselves above others through the possession of material goods, power, prestige, submitting to our pride and the love of money. Many fight for these things, not contending for the faith, but contending for foolish things that will all be left behind at death.

We are to fight for that good thing, faith.  We saw in verse 12 three things that will help us to walk in the way of the Lord.

The exhortation to contend for the faith.

The encouragement to lay hold on eternal life.

The example of the Saviour.

We began with –

        1).  The Exhortation to contend for the faith

          a).  Contending                 Paul’s exhortation –

                ‘Fight the good fight’. 

          b).  Courage to fight  We must know God’s Word and have the –

          c).  Conviction of what to fight for.

We were reminded that life is full of fights –

            (1).  good ones, the fight for THE FAITH, holding forth the truth of God.

            (2).  Meaningless fights: to fight for the things of this world which are so soon to be worthless to anyone.  And there are –

            (3).  Foolish fights:  to fight against God or to fight against His people which are to be rejected –

We have the exhortation to fight the good fight of faith.  We also have

Then we learned what it means to “…lay hold onto eternal life…”

        2).  The Embracing of your eternal life.

It is yours, posses it, occupy it, own it, God has given it to you!  Declare that it is yours and begin now, not waiting until you die!

Today, being Easter, we will look at the –

        3).  The Example of the Saviour 1 Timothy 6:13-16

1 Timothy 6:13-16  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

This is especially a blessed day to look to the Saviour as Paul exalts Him in this letter to Timothy.  I did not plan out the preaching schedule of this book for these verses to be preached on this day, but how appropriate they are and how blessed we are to fight the good fight of faith. 

          a).  The witnesses of our faith. 

1 Timothy 6:13  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

             (1).  The reason for fighting the good fight   “…God…and before Christ Jesus…”

We fight the good fight because God loves us –

John 15:9-12  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

            (2).  The results of fighting the good fight 

1 Timothy 6:14  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We fight the good fight because the world needs to see the light of God in us and hear the Word of God from us –

2 Corinthians 4:1-10  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

          b).  The witnesses of the Lord’s faith.  “…who before Pontius Pilate…”

1 Timothy 6:13-14a  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable,

We must take a moment and be reminded of –

            (1).  His plan

Luke 18:31-33  Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.

Mark 14:61-62  But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

            (2).  His position.

Matthew 27:11  And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

John 18:37  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Mark 15:12-14  And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

John 19:19  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

            (3).  His power

John 19:2-12  And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

          c).  The witnesses in faith, looking for the Lord’s return.

Paul wrote these words –

1 Timothy 6:14b-16   “…until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”

In the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ –

1 Corinthians 15:3-6  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

And in accord with the testimony of the angels at the Lord’s ascension –

Acts 1:8-11  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

We should fight the good fight of faith because we are in the eternal court of God, living in His presence for His glory.

We should fight the good fight of faith because we are in combat for the souls of men, that they might hear the gospel, turn to God in faith through His Son Jesus, and be everlastingly saved.

We should fight the good fight of faith because Jesus, as He went into Heaven, is coming again and we need to be prepared for His coming –

“…who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting.”

Are you ready to meet Him?  Are you excited to see Him?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight…

1 Timothy 6  Message 32

      c.  Be contending for the faith.  1 Timothy 6:12-16

We have been warned of the dangers of accumulating money as a method of setting ourselves above others through the possession of material goods, power, prestige, submitting to our pride and the love of money. Many fight for these things, not contending for the faith, but contending for foolish things that will all be left behind at death.

We are to fight for that good thing, faith.  We see in these verses three things that will help us to walk in the way of the Lord.

The exhortation to contend for the faith.

The encouragement to lay hold on eternal life.

The example of the Saviour.

We begin with –

        1).  The Exhortation to contend for the faith

          a).  Contending                 Paul’s exhortation –

                ‘Fight the good fight’. 

Paul also gave us understanding of the word through his use of it in –

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery (Fight) is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Paul’s terminology uses a comparison of the wrestling contest in the official games.  We picture the contestants facing one another, the unbeliever is looking for a weak spot in the believer’s life to seize and defeat him.  We are to fight, we are to be contenders, and we are to trust the Lord, standing in His strength.

          b).  Courage to fight

Jude’s exhortation –

Jude 3-4  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

“It was needful…”  To may believers are accepting false teachings.  It is not ‘alright’!  We should never lower God’s standards to satisfy man’s desires.

Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

We must know God’s Word and have the –

          c).  Conviction of what to fight for.

Life is full of fights –

              (1).  good ones, the fight for THE FAITH, holding forth the truth of God.

The Lord chose His fights – At times He stayed.  At times He walked away –

Luke 13:31-33  The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

The fight had to be a good fight, to the glory of God – “Fight the good fight of the faith, unashamed –

John 18:36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

To stand in the name of the Lord for His Word.

To stand in the power of the Lord wielding the Sword of the Spirit which is His Word.

There are good fight and there are –

              (2).  Meaningless fights: to fight for the things of this world which are so soon to be worthless to anyone

And there are –

              (3).  Foolish fights:  to fight against God or to fight against His people which are to be rejected –

Fights that should never enter the mind or the heart – to fight                           against God.  Even the Jewish rabbi, Gamaliel knew this –

Acts 5:34-39  Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

We have the exhortation to fight the good fight of faith.  We also have –

        2).  The Embracing of your eternal life.

“…lay hold onto eternal life….”   It is yours, posses it, occupy it, own it, God has given it to you!  Declare that it is yours. 

2 Corinthians 5:17-20  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Philippians 3:16  Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Ephesians 2:8-10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Remember your calling to salvation and remember your courage through salvation

We see the exhortation to fight.

We see the encouragement to lay hold on eternal life, and now we see –

        3).  The Example of the Saviour.

Never be ashamed.  The Lord was never ashamed! 

John 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

John 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

How then do we fight the good fight of faith –

Ephesians 6:10-13  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

How then do we posses our eternal life –

2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.

2 Timothy 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2 Corinthians 10:16  To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.

How then do we follow the example of our Saviour –

Hebrews 12:1-4  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Will you fight the good fight?

Will you lay hold on eternal life?

Will you follow His steps?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:6-11 Message 31 What is your plan?

1 Timothy 6:6-11    Message 31

Having completed the instructions to Timothy on the pastor’s ministry to the church, Paul exhorted Timothy on the testimony of the believer’s –

      b.  Personal life.  1 Timothy 6:3-21

Last week we learned that the pastor is to practice and to preach that believer’s will –

        1).  Be careful in fellowship. “…any man…” including Religious teachers, withdraw themselves from evil and give themselves to listen and obey ‘wholesome words’.

Today we will be instructed that we are to –

        2).  Be content in material pursuits.  1 Timothy 6:6-11

1 Timothy 6:6,7  But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

We should begin with the second statement which will help us to formulate a plan for our lives, seeking wisdom and direction from the Lord.

“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Adam was created from the dust of the earth, and from that time, life transferred generation to generation, with each generation returning to dust, bringing nothing into the world and taking nothing out.  It is important to know that life began as the work of God in the Garden of Eden and ends with each person’s body of flesh returning to the dust of the earth. 

Consider two facts –

One, contrary to popular opinion, life does not begin at conception.  There is no time that life does not exist, it is transferred from the man and the woman to the child.

Two, because we begin with nothing and end with nothing, we should plan carefully what we will do between these two points, birth and death, to bring glory to God.

Now think about the first statement –

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

Paul learned this truth from the Holy Spirit and shared with us this lesson for our benefit –

Philippians 4:10-13   But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

He was instructed by the Lord by word and by the deeds of those that loved the Lord.  Do you think that Paul may have seen this Godly character in action through the life of Barnabas?

Notice also Paul’s use of this word ‘contentment’ in 2 Corinthians 9:8, the only other place that it is used by Paul and it is translated ‘sufficiency’

We should look carefully at the context –

2 Corinthians 9:7-11  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

We note we are to have a plan to use that which we receive.  Paul also speaks to the attitude of the believer in the use of that which is in his control –

Ephesians 4:28  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Do you believe the thought would be-

Be content with the things that you have because this is probably all that you will ever get!

Or do you believe the thought would be –

Be content with the things that you have because you will bless others with the abundance that you have to give away?

“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”

You see contentment is not an emotion, it is a plan!  Your contentment is the foundation of the plan based on the Word of God to provide for the ministry of the Word of God in whatever form the Lord leads.

Now we turn to the outline of the message today –

          a).  The Reward   1 Timothy 6:6

1 Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.

          b).  The Realization of facts  1 Timothy 6:7-8

1 Timothy 6:7-8  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

          c).  The Rejection of greed and envy.  1 Timothy 6:9-11a

1 Timothy 6:9-11  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things…

God has prepared the animals with natural instincts to be warned of dangers in their paths –

Proverbs 1:17  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

God has also prepared men with natural instincts and above these, words of warning!

We know from our own natural instincts to beware of danger.  The Lord speaks of ‘falling’ in these verses – to be drawn over the edge by our own instability.  Think about this –

Stand in the middle of a walkway, no problem.

Stand in the middle of your drive, no problem.

Stand in your front hall, not problem, Yet –

Stand on the edge of a cliff and we become unstable!

Stand on the edge of a tall building and we become unstable!

This is why warning signs are posted – to add to our natural warning system. 

He has declared that the love of money, the greed that provokes men to the desire to be rich will “Drown men in destruction”.  Imagine if you will the struggles of one who is drowning in water – the fear, which quickly turns into panic, the struggle to reach the surface, the burning in the lungs, need to gulp in air instead of water, the flailing and kicking about.

Now imagine all of these things in a person’s life who is drowning in the need, not for air, but for power, for riches, for prestige, for control over others.  When they cannot get what they believe they need, they begin to fear, panic, flail about, get angry, disappointed, discouraged if they do not get what they want.  They “pierce themselves through with many sorrows.”  They do this to themselves, destroying their lives and those around them. 

The Lord instructs us for our good and it is an amazing thing that men reject the counsel of God to their own destruction!

When we hear and obey the warnings from God, we will be able to enjoy –

          d).  The Rejoicing from God’s blessings.  1 Timothy 6:11b

“… and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”

The result of God’s Working in and through our lives – the Fruit of the Spirit.

Will you listen to Him now as a believer?

Will you make a plan for your life to use that which you have as God directs.  Remember that we bring nothing in and we take nothing out.  Set up a plan to insure that the gains during your life are used to the glory of God.

Will you listen to Him now as an unbeliever?

None of this has to do with you at this moment, but that can all change if you will turn to the Lord in repentance and faith, calling on Him for salvation.

On either hand, do not live your life like a drowning man!

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy 6:3-5 Message 30 ‘Wholesome Words’

1 Timothy chapter 6:3-21  Message 30

Having completed the instructions to Timothy on the pastor’s ministry to the church, Paul exhorted Timothy on the testimony of the believer’s –

      b.  Personal life.  1 Timothy 6:3-21

The pastor is to practice and to preach that believer’s will –

        1).  Be careful in fellowship. “…any man…” including Religious teachers

          a).  The command to the believers?

1 Timothy 6:3-5  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness……from such withdraw thyself.

We must note Paul’s inclusiveness in the declaration “If any man…”.  The truth is exclusive to is God Himself.  What God said is true.  His infinite perfect demands truth in all thins.  Man is true when he repeats the Words of God and is directed in life thereby.  If any man, including Paul himself, turns God’s truth into a lie, he is to be rejected –

Galatians 1:8-9  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

The believer is to accept the burden of knowing the truth and then never turning from it.

Be careful of those who say that this mandate applies only to the saving message of God, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Man cannot interpret God’s Word as he pleases to accommodate his own circumstances.  We are to o bey the whole counsel of God –

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Proverbs 30:5-6  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Though every religious teacher, every Christian scholar, even the whole world reject the Word of God as revealed in His Word, they are wrong and He is right –

Romans 3:4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…

Though the whole world declare that God’s Word is wrong their word is right and should be accepted, remember that the judgment of the world is relative to their own beliefs and is temporary, constantly changing.  God’s judgment is true and everlasting.  Be careful in the choice of your judge and remember that final judgment is coming and it will be based on God’s Word, not man’s opinion!

 Hebrews 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Now, understanding and accepting this, it is important to understand that the idea behind the word ‘wholesome’ is dealing with good

Notice the Lord’s use of the word in –

Luke 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

And John’s use in –

3 John 2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Hold on to wholesome words as opposed to sick or diseased words which are brought out of a sin sick heart revealing evil thoughts, ideas, and actions, which harm people.  These take away their health, spiritual sickness which also often leads to physical sickness.

The words of our Lord Jesus Christ are healthy words which keep us strong spiritually.  The words are full of grace and mercy which strengthen us.  They words are full of warning which protect us.

The words of our Lord Jesus Christ –

Matthew 22:37-40  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

          b).  The challenge to the believers.  

God set forth a very clear statement in His Word on what is healthy and unhealthy, what is holy and unholy, what is truth and what is a lie.

It is important that we are reminded again that health and is the same word as ‘sound’ doctrine reveals the sin and sickness in the world.  Read again of the purpose of ‘sound words’. 1 Timothy 1:10 –

 1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Take note of those that use ‘unhealthy’ words – “the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons…”

The Lord is declaring that the –

Ungodly,

Sinners,

Unholy and profane,

Murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers,

Manslayers,

Whoremongers – for those that promote fornication or adultery.

Homosexuals,

kidnappers (slave traders)

liars,

those that lie under oath – bear false witness

These are being excused by the world instead of being confronted and warned of being under condemnation and coming judgment.  The world does not care that these will die in their sins and spend eternity separated from God, tormented in Hell forever.  The world claims that any warning is hateful and hurtful, condemning the messengers, though they love and care for the souls of mankind as the Lord commands.

We must be very clear in this, even religious teachers present unsound words and encourage people to reject the Word of God, to reject the truth of God, to reject the love of God, and cause many to remain in a condemned state with no hope of escaping eternal separation from God, in hell forever.

They speak unhealthy words which do not agree with God’s truth!

          c).  The believer’s conduct?      “From such withdraw themselves…”

Christians should readily admit the difference between a holy life and an unholy life is the work of God in their lives which was brought about through their repentance and trust in God though His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

We are not to withdraw ourselves from them because we are better than them, but so as we will not be influenced to sin, but might influence them to turn to the Lord in faith.

We have spoken with multitudes of people over the years that refuse to turn to God, even to visit church with us, because of someone they knew that claimed to be a Christian and acted in some ungodly manner.  I spoke with our neighbor from across our street yesterday that gave this excuse. 

I find this strange that people claim to be their own person, making their own decisions, standing for what they think is right no matter what, and yet they let what someone has done influence the most important decision in eternity.

What can we do to help them?

            (1).  Do not let them influence us to do wrong.

            (2).  Live in such a way as to influence them to trust God.

Peter put it well –

James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Why would we do this?  Because we have a new commandment –

“…That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

At this point you might be saying to yourselves “What in the world was that all about”?  The good thing about using this medium to present the message is that you can go back and listen again.  I pray that you will and see that Paul instructed Timothy to live out salvation to the glory of God, being reminded of the simple truth brought out in –

2 Corinthians 4:4-5  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

The world needs to see God’s message in our lives.  Do they see Him in you?

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy chapter 6:1,2 Message 29

1 Timothy 6      Message 29

Paul has been instructing the pastor on the –

        1).  Ministry to members

        2).  Ministry to widows

        3).  Ministry to pastors

And we conclude this section with the pastor’s –

        4). Ministry to slaves and to masters.    1 Timothy 6:1-2

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Paul is helping Timothy, pastors, and churches throughout the ages to deal with a very difficult situation arising from human relationships and responsibilities.  We know that the Lord has set us free from the bondage of sin and from religious tradition.  God is no respecter of persons and we are all equal in His sight.  The problem arises when we confuse relationship with responsibility.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are absolutely equal in their relationship, yet they carry out responsibilities which cause them to submit and serve one another which in no way affects their equality.

John 8:28-30  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him.

John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

Men and women are equal in their value to God, yet their have responsibilities which demand submission and servitude in their relationships.  The responsibilities are clearly set forth in the Bible, God’s Word.

Masters, servants, and slaves are equal in their value to God, yet they also have responsibilities which demand submission and servitude in their relationships.    Again, these responsibilities are clearly set forth in God’s Word.

The relationship between God, the Father, The Son, and The Spirit is always perfect and pure, without conflict and their responsibilities are fulfilled without contradiction.

This, sadly, cannot be said about men and women or about masters, servants, and slaves.  The human nature, the sin nature, continues to strive for mastery even in the Christian.

The unbeliever may claim, sometimes loudly and angrily, “I am no man’s slave”!

When I was 18 years old, I was hired by an engineering company to work in the print shop and to be a messenger.  I had not been at the company long when I was asked to go to a local Italian restaurant and pick up lunches for the partners and clients as they had an afternoon meeting.  Upon my arriving at the restaurant, I found that a communication problem had occurred and the manger had to contact my supervisor.  He called and said “Your boy is here to collect the order”.  I interrupted him and told him in no uncertain terms that I was not their boy and I did not appreciate his words.

Now, the fact is that I agreed with the company to sell them my time and so as long as I was on their clock, I was their boy.  My ego, my pride had gotten in the way of truth.  I was serving the company.  I had something those spoken of by Paul did not have, I could quit and work for someone else or I could start my own business – but that does not change the fact that I am going to serve someone, even if it is myself. 

I, as kindly as I can, declare unto you may very well be the slave of the person who looks back at you from a mirror with all of his or her faults, failures, pride, ego, lust and whatever has not been put off with the old man and replaced with the things of the new man.  We are in a struggle to be free from ourselves and the only way we can do this is to follow the instructions of God through the Apostle Paul in –

Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We see the need Paul addressed in these verses because of believer’s failure to give themselves wholly unto the Lord in all things.

Their mindset could be that since the servant is equal in the church, they would be tempted to consider themselves equal in all situations.

Paul dealt with this situation in his letter to the church in Corinth, instructing them to be faithful to the Lord and to their position –

1 Corinthians 7:20-24  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

Considering the plight of slaves, they may rebel against their position of bondage and desire to be free. 

Consider also the difficulty in serving a harsh master , especially after having the opportunity to fellowship in the church with those kind and caring brethren.  It also could be that the servant will see his master as being friendly and caring to others in church, while being harsh and difficult in the home.  The servant might feel he is being treated unfairly and rebel against his master.

We learn here that –

         a).  Freedom in Christ should not promote rebellion

1 Timothy 6:1  Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

         b).   Equality in Christ should not promote disrespect 

1 Timothy 6:2  And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

The servant is to not expect special consideration from the master just because they are on equal standing as brethren in the service of the Lord.

         c).   Refer to 1 Peter 2:17-18

1 Peter 2:17-18  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

The word translated ‘Servants’ is not the general word used for a servant, but this word ‘Οἰκέτης’, includes members of a household. Peter is restricting the use here to servants, but as believers, refers to them as to belonging in a more familiar sense than just a paid employee or a slave. 

He is speaking here to both the relationship as believers and the responsiblities as servants.  The Lord, in giving this command through the Apostle Peter, will give the grace to carry it out for His honour and glory.

Ephesians 6:5-8  Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Titus 2:9-10  Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

The master’s attitude as required by the Lord is seen in the simple wording by Paul –

Colossians 4:1  Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Servants and masters, both answerable to God for their behaviour.  Do we have the testimony that God will have us to have for  His honour and glory?

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Preaching outline 1 Timothy chapter 5 Message 28

1 Timothy chapter 5

We have learned of the pastor’s duties in his ministry to the church, beginning with the –  

        1).  Ministry to members  1 Timothy 5:1,2

and last week the –

        2).  Ministry to widows.  1 Timothy 5:3-16

Today we continue to learn of the pastor and church’s responsibility in –

        3). Ministry to pastors.              1 Timothy 5:17-22

Paul instructs Pastor Timothy and by him, the church, on the financial responsibility of the church to the pastor.  It is very important for the pastor and the church to understand God’s will in this matter.  Paul wrote in verses 17 and 18 of –

          a).  The pastor’s remuneration. (Simply put, the pastor’s salary)

1 Timothy 5:17-18  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward (hire, reward, wages)

            (1).  The reward is financial – money.

 This is dealing with monetary remuneration.   The word translated ‘honour’ here is used of money as noted in the following Scriptures:

Matthew 27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

Acts 4:34  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

Acts 7:16  And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

1 Corinthians 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

            (2).  The reward is from the membership.

Galations 6:6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

The word communicate ‘means to have and having, to give’.

1 Corinthians 9:7-10, 14  Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?  Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope……..Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

     The pastor has the responsibility to teach the church the Will of God through the Word of God that they have to care for the needs of the pastor monetarily.  At times, the pastor finds this a difficult task since it relates directly to him, but he must obey God and teach the church.

            (3).  The reward is enough to care for his family and ministry.

The church must realize the financial needs of the pastor are going to be above the average income of the members.  The pastor is not only caring for his family, he is caring for the church and so needs enough to carry out his work effectively. 

Next, Paul instructs about –

          b).  The pastor’s reputation.

1 Timothy 5:19-22  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

      Refer to –

Proverbs 2:10-11  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

We learn that spiritual preparation is necessary to carry out that which honours the Lord in –

            (1).  Judgment             

1 Timothy 5:19-20  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

             (2).  Impartiality

1 Timothy 5:21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

            (3).  Patience                        

1 Timothy 5:22  Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

Paul is not speaking of an angry assault upon a man, but he is instructing pastors to be patient and careful in the ordination of men into the ministry. The need of men to help in the work does not overrule the qualifications of the man for the work. 

These qualifications for the offices in the church, that of the pastor and of the deacon, have been carefully presented in chapter three of this letter.

The danger of ignoring these qualifications have been seen in churches throughout the ages through ungodly men destroying the faith of multitudes.  “…keep thyself pure.”  Do not recommend any that you do not have knowledge of their faith, trust, and devotion to the Lord.

Give men time to serve the Lord and demonstrate their willingness to obey Him in all things.  Time will tell and patience is needed.


1 Timothy 5:24-25  Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

Sometimes it is obvious from the beginning – have nothing to do with them.  “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment…”

Sometimes they begin well but it is a show on their part.  The truth of their sinfulness will surface at a later time.  Do not ignore it, they are to be confronted.  “and some men they follow after…”

Hopefully most of the time, the man will show himself faithful in the beginning and continue on to the end.  “Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.”

This is our prayer, for lifelong faithfulness and to finally hear the words from the Lord –

“Well done, good and faithful servant…..”

And now we look back at verse 23, which many people wonder why Paul put it in this place.  He is giving Timothy in particular and pastors in general a word of –

            (4).  Encouragement             

1 Timothy 5:23  Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

The ministry of the Word of God takes a toll physically and spiritually.  The pastor must care for himself, making sure that he is fit in each realm in order to carry out the will of God for his life and for God’s glory.

Notice the situation of Epaphroditus –

Philippians 2:25-28  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

When Epaphroditus was ministering, he became ill, almost to the point of dying.  Look at the distress his illness caused –

  • His friends in Philippi were worried for him.
  • He was worried about his friends being worried for him.
  • Paul was worried about him being sick and about the people in Philippi being worried.

It is important for the pastor to take care of his spiritual and his physical wellbeing. Paul included this thought at this place at it is an important part of the life of the minister of God.

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Preaching Outline 1 Timothy chapter 5 Message 27

1 Timothy chapter 5:3-16   Message 27

Last week we began in chapter 5 learning of the pastor’s responsibilities in ministering to the members of the church.  We were introduced to the –

    5.       Counsel to the Church                 1 Timothy 5:1 – 6:2  

   Paul provided Timothy with a practical guide to the pastor’s relationship with the church.  We learned last week that he is to –

       a.  Pastoral Ministry   To Regard them as family         

         1).  Ministry to the members

1 Timothy 5:1-2  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

This morning we look at the instructions in the ministry to other specific groups in the church, of which we will begin with the –

        2). Ministry to widows.             1 Timothy 5:3-16

          a).  The commands concerning widows in the Old Testament –

It is very important for each of us to remember that the care of those who are considered weak, those members of society termed “less fortunate”, those who are in a difficult position through no fault of their own, is very important to God.

            (1).  Commandments –

Deuteronomy 10:17-19  For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

The command given helps us to understand that if we are the people of God, His children, then we are not what we used to be.  The Lord speaks to this point through the Apostle Paul in the New Testament –

Romans 6:17-18  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

God set forth their care, which included their provision –

Deuteronomy 14:28-29  At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

And the protection of property –

Proverbs 15:25  The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

Proverbs 22:28   Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

God has warned that He will judge any mistreatment of these that are in need of help –

            (2).  Condemnations –

Malachi 3:1-6  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

We see, on the other hand, the –

            (3).  Commendations –

Notice the testimony given by Job, which predates the giving of the Law.

Job 29:7-17  When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up. The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

            (4).  Consolation –

Isaiah 1:16-18 (KJV) Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

And yet, God’s people did not turn to Him in repentance and faith.  They continued to rebel and as recorded in the New Testamennt, the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked them for the hardness of the hearts –

Matthew 23:14  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

God is the helper of those in need of help.  We must remember that God uses His people to provide the help needed and we are to be open hearted and open handed at His direction.  God does not leave us to be directed by emotion, but has given instruction for the care of those in need –

James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

            2).  The condition for care in the New Testament.

             (1).    The widow that is destitute 

               (a).  She has no means of support.

1 Timothy 5:5  Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

               (b).  She relies completely on God

               (c).  She may be included in a church supported group         

1 Timothy 5:9-10  Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

            (2).     The widow that has family.

1 Timothy 5:4  But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

1 Timothy 5:8  But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

1 Timothy 5:16  If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

              (a).   She has living children or extended family.

              (b).   The family is to look after her needs.

1 Timothy 5:8  But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.


1 Timothy 5:16  If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

              (3).   The widow that is living the life of pleasure.  

               (a).  They are to be instructed.

1 Timothy 5:6-7  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

               (b).  They are not to be given full-time support from the church.     

1 Timothy 5:11-13  But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

             (4).    The widow who is young and can remarry.      

1 Timothy 5:14  I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Notice how provision should be available for those in need.  Also notice that those who are able to care for themselves should be directed to do so.  Provision should not be given to them as it will take from the supplies needed to help those in genuine need.

The Lord set forth the guiding principle to this in –

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

  •  The daily work provides the needs of the family.
  •  The daily work prevents idleness which leads to trouble.

Conclusion – We have seen that God cares for those in need.  We must care for those things that God cares for.  We must have the mind and heart of God –

The Lord commanded us in –

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Do people see that you love God and that you care for the things He cares for and follow the instructions that He has given?

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Preaching outline 1 Timothy chapter 5 Message 26

    5.       Counsel to the Church        1 Timothy 5:1 – 6:16

   Paul provided Timothy with a practical guide to the pastor’s relationship with the church.  He is to –

       a.   Ministry to members – Regard as family                  1 Timothy 5:1-2

We should begin with this statement:  He does not own them –

1 Peter 5:2-4  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

And the members are not to be used to inflate the pastor’s ego as was mentioned by John in –

3 John 9-10  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

Another use of this word “…being lords over…” is found in –

Acts 19:16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Which gives us a picture of the meaning, having an aggressive attitude.

The pastor is to love, protect, and feed the sheep.  As part of this responsibility, he is to –

        1).  Respect to the elderly

          a).  The attitude of the pastor toward the elderly in the church.

Proverbs 19:20-21  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Know those elderly in the church that have good testimonies and learn from their experience.  It is good to seek guidance from those that have already walked the path.

    1 Timothy 5:1-2  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

In order to have the correct understanding of what Paul is teaching here, we need to find the meaning of some of the words.

Rebuke  What we know commonly today as verbal abuse, to hit or beat someone with words.

Note Paul’s positional terms for the elder men and women as being “…a father…”  “and as mothers…”.  God has commanded that fathers and mothers be treated with respect.

Exodus 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

This is the first of the six commandments to His people dealing with the relationships with one another.

This relationship is important.  It is a human relationship that should be typical of our spiritual relationship with God –

Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

To dishonour our natural father is to dishonour God, our heavenly Father.  Our attitude toward our fathers should be that they are worthy of respect and we are pleased to honour, to think much of, them.  Notice the use of the same word translated differently in the following Scripture when Moses warned Israel that they should respect and obey God –

Deuteronomy 28:58  If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;

Are our fathers ‘glorious’ in our eyes?  They should be and it is with this same attitude that the elderly men and women in the church should be treated – respect!

            b).  The attitude of the elderly in the church toward the pastor.

The elderly men and women are to be respected as fathers and mothers, but they need to remember that they do not have the authority in the church as fathers and mothers have in their home.

They are to respect the authority of the pastor –

1 Timothy 5:17  Let the elders  (pastors) that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Paul gave instructions as to how the pastor should –

        2).  Relate to the younger

              The care to all is to be shown as to family.  “The younger men as brethren…” and the younger women “…as sisters in all purity…”.

The pastor is to lead the people, and he is to be friendly and caring to those of his own age, not lording it over them because of his authority, but being careful to maintain that authority in the office that God has called him to.  He cannot be reckless with the young men or be overly familiar with the young women.

             a).  The pastor must encourage the young men to desire to have the wisdom of God and to learn from the elderly men.  They must learn to develop the plan and purpose for their lives to align with the plan and purpose that God has for them.

      John 6:28-29  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

 Colossians 3:1-2  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

            b).  The pastor should remember and he should remind the young men of the danger of self-serving decisions.  The Old Testament gives us lessons to learn from in this matter –

1 Kings 12:6-14  And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him; And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

With this decision, the young king split the country, a division that will only be healed with the Lord returns and sets us His Kingdom!

Many churches have been split because the pastor and the young men did not follow the will of God in caring for His People.

            b).  The pastor must regard the young women with the same loving care that he would have for his sister.  His thoughts must be holy and innocent.  He must treat them with respect and encourage them to fear and honour God in all holiness in their lives.  Paul recommended Titus to ask the elder women to instruct the younger women and help prepare them for the life that honours God –

Titus 2:4-5  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The world is constantly teaching women that they cannot be ‘fulfilled’ unless they have a career other than being a wife, mother, and a keeper of the home.  They refuse to acknowledge that being a wife, mother, and keeper of the home is a career, and one of the most difficult careers to master.

The world should never replace the Word in teaching women what they should be.  When a women is saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and following His direction, she will be fulfilled by whatever the Lord directs her to do!

New titles are always being introduced in order to overcome what the world decided are stereotypes.  Have you heard the title “Stay at home mom”.  Does she really stay at home?  Is she only a mom?  The description given in the Bible is that of a worker at home.  Let’s read Proverbs 31 to find a description of this work –

Proverbs 31:10-31  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

The world has set forth a false impression of the dignity of the “home maker” and developed the thought that value is only found outside of the home.  This thinking is revealed by God’s Word to be a lie! 

The pastor is to obey the command of the Lord for His churches –

Matthew 28:19-20  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

          3).  Remind all of God’s purpose –

1 Timothy 5:1-2  Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Intreat   –  We are led to the use the word ‘intreat’ for the admonition which is addressed to believers and is designed to lead them to conduct worthy of the Gospel.

Jude 3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort (Intreat) you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Timothy was commanded to ‘intreat’ (Exhort) the elderly men and women, the younger men and women to prepare to live a life that will bring glory to Him and to be prepared to stand before Him at the judgment.

We are all in this together! Are we prepared to meet the Lord?  How would we feel if we were to stand before Him today?  Are we ready?  Are you ready?

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Preaching outline on 1 Timothy chapter 4 Message 25

1 Timothy 4          Message 25

Review –  We have studied Paul’s instructions about –

    1.  Commitment to right Doctrine                   

          The instructions were given in chapter 1:3-20

Paul then began to instruct Timothy in the – 

    2.  Conduct of the church.  1 Timothy 2:1-3:16

    3.  Calamity in the church  1 Timothy 4:1-5

    4.  Correction of the church.                  1 Timothy 4:6-16

We learned of –

      a.  Our Promise – the Word of God,  to –

        1).  Resolve to teach the truth

        2).  Reject the lies

        3).  Rejoice in the promises of God – knowing that –

           a).  The Lord is our satisfaction

       b).  The Lord is our Surety

       c).   The Lord is our Saviour.

We learned of –

      b.  Our Person, who we are?

        1).  The Plan

Be more than what others think you are.  Paul instructed Timothy to raise their expectations by being mature in the Lord.  He, even though young, could be an example to them all, young and old, not through acting, but by being mature –

        a).  “…in word

        b).  “…in conversation…”:  In lifestyle both public and private.

Timothy was to be open and approachable to the people.  This pattern would be –

        2).  Produced through charity, spirit, faith, and purity

We have learned of our promise and of our purpose, what we are to be.  Today we will look at the instructions for –

    c.  Our Practice, what we do? 

Paul commanded four actions in verses 13-16 that will, if we will heed them, protect us and keep us from stumbling in our walk and as Paul stated in chapter 3 –

“…that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

        1).  Attend to the Word of God

I am using the word ‘Attend’ in the same context as used in verse 13 “…give attendance…”  which translates to “keep on putting your mind on it”.

1 Timothy 4:13  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

          a).  Preparation of the hearers – “…reading…”

          b).  Proclamation to the hearers – “…exhortation…”  give understanding of the Scriptures, which naturally would lead to the application to lives, or the –

          c).  Practice of the hearers – what they are to do now with what they know.

We find the example given in both testaments of Scripture –

Nehemiah 8:6-8  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Luke 4:16-21  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

The Lord commanded us to follow this pattern –

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Following this plan of the Lord, we are prepared by the reading, exhortation, and doctrine, we are to –

        2).  Attend to ministering to others –

1 Timothy 4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

The Lord is telling us through the Apostle Paul that we are to “neglect not…” that which God has set before us to do.  The direct translation helps us understand the commanding tone used in giving this instruction – we are to ‘not – not to care’.  When we find ourselves spending the hours of our days ‘not caring’ about God’s purpose for our lives, we are to stop that which is distracting us and turn back to our first priority!

You might respond “I am not a pastor, a preacher, an evangelist”.  I have a life to focus on!   You do have a life and it was purchased with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ”!  God has given every one of His children a responsibility, a service to perform unto Him

1 Peter 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

We have been given the work of helping one another to know more about God each day and must heed the words of Paul –

1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

And also as Solomon simply put it –

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might

We are to live an active life being a testimony for the Lord in everything that we do!

As we attend to ministering to others, we are to –

        3).  Attend to the wisdom of God, seeking understanding and grow from faith to faith. –

1 Timothy 4:15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

        4).  Apply the study, service, and development of understanding and wisdom to your life each day because this is the only protection that we have from stumbling and destroying our testimony!

1 Timothy 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Important note: Paul is not writing about salvation when he tells Timothy that “…thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.”  He is warning of stumbling, falling down as a believer and destroying their testimony before men.  A believer is safe in Christ –

“…if any many be in Christ, he is a new creature…” and cannot fall ‘out of Christ’!  The believer’s security in salvation is confirmed many times by the Lord in His Word.  Paul is telling us how to “behave” ourselves

Conclusion –  The ultimate goal:

In this present time –

Spiritually

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Physically

If we are declared righteous by the Lord and are new creatures in Him, we cannot be righteous on the inside and wear rebellion on the outside.  This is just as bad as the Pharisees who were rebellious on the inside and wore righteousness on the outside.  The Lord condemned them for their hypocrisy.  We, the children of God, must have integrity – be the same throughout –

Ephesians 4:22-24   That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

And in the Future –

1 Corinthians 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Are you looking for that day when you will be with the Lord?  Are you sure that when you die, you will be with Him?

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