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Warning about False Logic

Warning about False Logic 1 Timothy 6:20-21 WEL O Timothy, carefully keep safe what was committed to your trust, avoiding ungodly and fruitless babblings and oppositions from, what is falsely called, knowledge, 21 Which some claiming expertise have turned away from the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. B6 Warnings C1 To preserve D1 What has been given D2 Personal as gifts from the Holy Spirit, a calling to be a minister, and prophecies. D3…

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Signs of Salvation

A great article from a number of years ago by Roy Ingle Signs of Salvation While we often are quick to stress the Reformation emphasis that salvation is by grace through faith apart from works of righteousness (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7), we also must equally emphasis that there are signs that will come forth that reveal a genuine salvation. Too often we evangelicals (and especially us Arminians) are too quick to declare that someone is…

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Live the Christian life consistently

1 Timothy 6:11-16   B4 Live the Christian life consistently C1 Verse 11 D1 We are to run away from evil things. D2 We are to seek and cultivate righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and meekness. E1 The Greek word diligently follow/pursue is διώκω diṓkō. It means to run after and by application depending on the context ideas as pursue, harass, etc. F1 Matthew 5:10 NIV Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,…

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The Christian and Money

1 Timothy 6:6-10 B3 Material wealth C1 Even though many have the idea that being rich equals a person pleasing to God, God has a different thought—godliness with contentment is great gain. Godliness is a greater good than money, for we leave riches behind when we die, but godliness and its fruits are recognized in heaven. D1 The Greek word for godliness is εὐσέβεια eusébeia. It means a person’s actions, words, etc. are pleasing to…

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The Christian, the Employer, and the Employee

1 Timothy 6:1-5   B1 Paul continues the pastoral responses to various congregational issues. B2 Employers and employees C1 Servants (I’ve already answered the question about slavery and the Bible). C2 The application of this for most of us today is employee and employer relations. Some thoughts: D1 Employers: E1 Treat them properly and do not retaliate: Job 31:13-15 NLT If I have been unfair to my male or female servants when they brought their…

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Good Deeds and Hidden Sins

1 Timothy 5:24-25 B7 God does notice our actions C1 Sinful actions D1 God knows the heart, the motive, the attitude, as well as the action/deed. D2 People do not always know all these things. Some are obvious; some are hidden. E1 Obvious F1 A public crime. F2 Known, recorded, and given as evidence at the Great White Throne Judgment. The Great White Throne Judgment is the judgment of all unbelievers. Revelation 20:12-13 NLT I…

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The Christian and Alcohol

1 Timothy 5:23 B6 About wine C1 God is against anything that lessens our judgment. C2 For health some take medicine which may have a side effect that clouds judgment. We understand this, so does God. C3 For Timothy’s health was recommended for his health. D1 The Greek word for wine is οἶνος oînos. D2 It means wine, the fermented grape juice. The percentage I find varies from 5-20% with most at 15-20%. Wine in…

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Ordaining Church Leaders

1 Timothy 5:22 B5 Ordain carefully C1 Ordain defined D1 To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on. (Source) D2 Ordain is also used to mean to recognize and establish an individual to a specific office and/or calling. Ministers are ordained to their offices by the laying on of hands (1 Tim. 4:14) and are thereby charged with the duties of that office. (Source) C2 Laying of hands: D1 Began in the…

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How to Deal with Christian Leaders

1 Timothy 5:17-21 B4 Support the ministry C1 Elders and honorarium D1 Unless agreed upon, there should be some honorarium given for the time served. D2 Especially for those laboring in word (Scriptures) and teaching. D3 It takes time to prepare and time to present. D4 Scripture supports this: E1 Deuteronomy 25:4 NRSV You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain. E2 Luke 10:7 NRSV Remain in the same house,…

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The Christian and Widows

1 Timothy 5:3-16 B3 Widows C1 Most widows can be and must be assisted by family. A family who will not help is judged to be more evil than a nonbeliever. It is understood that the family of God (believers) do need to be aware of other’s needs—any type of needs. If we are able, we must help. C2 Some widows have no family or that family will not help because the widow is a…

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