Bible Study Christian Living Church Pastoral

My Daily Thoughts–1 Timothy 1:12-20

1 Timothy 1:12-20 (NKJV) 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying…

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Christian Living Christian Rules Church Pastoral

What Are Some Sins That Call for Immediate Church Discipline?

Church discipline for domestic abusers who claim to be Christians: 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 Posted on 17 July 2024 by Barbara Roberts There are six sins for which a professing believer should be promptly expelled from the church and treated as an unbeliever. sexual immorality greed — covetousness idolatry — elevating something other than God to the place that only God should occupy verbal abuse — assailing with scornful language, slander, reviling drunkenness — by extension this…

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Apologetics Bible Study Church Devotions

My Daily Devotions–Thoughts on Colossians 2:18-23

Colossians 2:18-23 (NKJV) Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. 20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic…

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Bible Study Church Devotions

Devotion of Ephesians 4:1-3

Ephesians 4:1-3 Verses 1-6 are 3 sentences. We will deal with the first 3 verses. First, Paul declares himself to be a prisoner on account of being a Christian (of the Lord). He pleads for the believers to walk worthy (up to God’s standards) of the calling (invitation from the Holy Spirit) with which you were called (they responded in faith, so past tense). He pleads for them to have particular character traits–lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering,…

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Bible Study Christian Topics Church Discipleship Pastoral

2 Timothy 2:20-26

Paul continues to give practical advice to Timothy. He emphasizes holiness and dealing with various types of people. My translation and notes on 2 Timothy 2:20-26 Be God’s Servant 20 Now in a mansion there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earth, some for honorable uses and some for dishonorable uses. [Paul is not referring to some Christians as being gold and silver and other Christians as wood…

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Bible Study Church Discernment Pastoral

2 Timothy 2:14-19

Paul reminds Timothy about false teachers–don’t argue about words. Interpret the Bible correctly (the plain, normal sense). Avoid stupid conversations with trolls, narcissists, argumentative people, liars, slanders, etc. Having a conversation with such people is destroying, not faith building. We must tell the truth and correct them but not much else. The Resurrection of Christ Jesus IS important. My translation and notes on 2 Timothy 2:14-19 False Teachers 14 Remind them of these things, emphasize…

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Bible Study Christian Topics Church Discipleship Pastoral

2 Timothy 2:1-13

Paul continues with his teaching to Timothy and by application pastors, church workers, and teachers. He encourages Timothy to persevere, reminding him of his dedication to the ministry. New leaders must be chosen and taught. They must be trustworthy, which sometimes may be difficult to assess in today’s evil, narcissistic culture. The Christian life is frequently difficult but continue. Paul uses the examples of soldiers, athletes, and farmers in dedication and pressing forward. Paul then…

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Bible Study Christian Living Christian Rules Church Pastoral

2 Timothy 1:15-18

Paul continues his instructions to Timothy yet applicable to all church workers—especially pastors—and to all believers. We learn from these true-life examples what pleases our Lord Jesus, and what doesn’t. We learn to remain loyal to fellow believers. We learn to pray for those who desert us or remain loyal. Our friendships must be with those who are loyal to Jesus Christ, His worldview, lifestyle, rules, and beliefs. My translation and notes on 2 Timothy…

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2 Timothy 1:1-14

Paul again writes to Timothy with more instructions and encouragements. It is a personal letter rather than a formal letter. Paul discusses his situation and discouragements. He is grateful for the personal teaching of Timothy when he was young from his grandmother and mother. He encourages Timothy to not be timid, and how God’s grace provides daily strength for boldness when being faced with adversity from foes. My translation and notes from 2 Timothy 1:1-14…

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