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1 Timothy 1:1-2, NIV 2011 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 1:1-2, NIV 2011 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Four Trustworthy Sayings:
Never forget the power of the Message.
1 Timothy 1:15-17, NIV 2011 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Titus 3:3-8, NIV 2011 3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Character will always be more important than a title.
1 Timothy 3:1-7, NIV 2011 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Let the thoughts of God shape your body.
1 Timothy 4:6-10, NIV 2011 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.s 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
Our choices always have consequences.
2 Timothy 2:12-14, NIV 2011 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Colossians 4:5-6, NIV 2011 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
What would you say is the “message” of your life? (e.g. what you were made for, what you are about, what you both hope and strive for people to see in you, etc.)
Read 1 Timothy 1:15-17 and Titus 3:3-8. In what ways do these passages remind us that the Gospel must always be at the heart of our “message”? How does this passage set you free to be that? In what ways does it bind you to it?
Read 1 Timothy 3:-13. While these verses are specifically directed a Elders/Pastors and Deacons, in what ways are they really descriptions of all followers of Christ? How could they be seen as instructions for everyone?
Read 1 Timothy 4:6-10. Followers of Christ are called to train their minds as well as their bodies, why? What do these verses say to followers about keeping the right perspective about life? Why is it so difficult for us to keep this perspective? What are some practical ways (day to day) that we can exercise all of our body to accomplish this?
Read 2 Timothy 2:12-14. What is most encouraging to you about this passage? What is the most challenging? Why on both accounts?