22nd January 2012

An apostle's fatherly input

Our preaching series on 1 Timothy kicked off this morning with Paul Mann outlining the theme of this epistle: the gospel leads to genuine, tangible change in the lives of those who believe it!

1 Timothy is a letter from the apostle Paul to his "true son in the faith" Timothy, who leads the church in Ephesus, and it covers a wide range of issues, such as gifting, sound doctrine, sex, church leadership, money, the roles of men and women, poverty, eternity, purity, discipleship, eldership, growing in God, mission and the apostolic.

As an apostle, Paul strengthened and cared for local churches (including Timothy's), laying foundations and catching up the local churches into the global mission of God's people. True apostolic oversight has to be relational: Paul's apostolic input to Timothy is built on the foundations of their very strong relationship – Paul became a father figure to him when Timothy was still in his late teens or early twenties, so Timothy would've eagerly devoured the instructions in this letter and responded to Paul's charge to stay in Ephesus and build the church there.

Verses: 1 Timothy 1:1-2

Food for thought:

  • Who do you receive honest fatherly/motherly input from?
  • Who are you 'training up' and fathering/mothering in the faith?
  • What genuine, tangible changes have you seen in your life since you became a Christian? What about in the last 12 months?
  • What has God called you to do and how can you best serve Him here in 2012?

Paul Mann

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