Monthly Archives: July 2009

1 Timothy 1.1-11, 18-20

Hope this can help anyone who is wrestling with the logic of 1 Timothy chapter one.  In this sermon I am preaching tomorrow, Lord willing, I am skipping over vv12-17 because it looks like a tangent that the Apostle goes on to help explain the unbelievable mercy God showed him in order to entrust him with the gospel ministry.  A brief outline:

Guard the Truth with Love

1. Know what the truth is- the fact that Paul tells Timothy to charge certain ones not to teach a different doctrine (v3) means that there is a right doctrine; and that right doctrine is the “stewardship from God that is by faith (4); and that stewardship is the gospel that God entrusted to the Apostles (11).  If you want to guard the truth, then know the gospel very well.

2. Confront those who do not promote that truth- Paul’s initial charge is to stop certain men from teaching different doctrines (3); and then he says this charge is in accordance with previous prophecies about Timothy, that by the prophecies he might “wage the good warfare” (18).  The teaching ministry is warfare!  Don’t take the pulpit unless you’re willing to fight.

3. Sometimes we must use tough love- Paul mentions two men that he had to “hand over to Satan.”  This means to put them out of the church (cf. 1 Cor 5.1-5).  This is tough love– but it is love!  This was so that “they may learn not to blaspheme.”

1 Timothy 1.5- “The aim of our charge is love.”  It is loving to confront false teachers– so they know they are in error and to protect the sheep.  It is loving to discipline people when needed– because God may use that to bring them to repentance.  The goal of our gospel-truth-guarding-ministry is love!

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1 Peter 2.9-10

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may declare the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness, into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

First Peter is one of the books that made me realize the NT writers refer to the OT in just about every sentence.  These two verses are clear allusions to Exodus 19 and Hosea 2, though I wonder if our version of ‘allusion’ is not the apostles’ version of ‘quote’.  Here is a brief outline of the first of two sermons I will deliver at Kailua Baptist Church as we all decide if I should be interim pastor there:

A Chosen, Royal, Holy Possession

Two roles to carry out that identity:

1. We are receivers of grace. 

     -Look at all the grace in this passage:  we are chosen, royal, holy, possessed by God, pulled from darkness, now called the people of God, now received mercy.

2. We are proclaimers of grace.

     -The reason God made us a chosen, royal, holy possession was so that we could proclaim his excellencies.  O, that is the definition of evangelism!  If you want to proclaim God’s excellencies, then preach Christ!

     -Evangelism fulfills our role as a royal priesthood.  Priests serve vertically and horizontally at the same time.  The church proclaims God’s excellencies as a spiritual sacrifice (vertical) and proclaims them to the world for salvation (horizontal).

 

The Next (and hopefully last) Chapter

We just left the panhandle of Florida where we had a wonderful time with Mama Tess and Papa Ben (Nat’s parents), and also James, Terra, Hannah, and little Benjamin (Nat’s brother and family).  It was definitely a bittersweet time as we know we will not see them for a while.  We are now spending 4th of July weekend with my big brother Scott and his lovely wife, Sarah.  They are extremely hospitable.

On Monday, we hopefully will reach Oahu to begin the next chapter of our lives.  Right now I am scheduled to preach twice in July at Kailua Baptist Church, where I hope to serve as interim pastor for the next few months.  Our goal is to find a church that we could serve in permanently, to preach and teach God’s Word, and to love people with the love of Christ.  We also hope to have Grace stay with us for the rest of the summer, and hope that she eventually chooses to live with us, so that we could bring her up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  3 Prayer requests:

  • Although God often moves people from place to place, we hope God would plant us at a church where we could serve until we die.
  • I have been apart from my daughter more than I have been with her, but we love her so much and I know what is best for her is for her to be in a home where people will teach her about the supremacy of Jesus Christ; and I would do my best to make that happen if she lived with us.
  • Please pray that we could have our own children.

May all these requests and the meditations of our hearts please our Lord.