This passage begins to address some matters related to how a church should worship. It begins with prayer. We might be tempted to relegate prayer to places of unimportance but Scripture, therefore God, elevates it to the place of first importance. These verses instruct us concerning a way that "pleases God our Savior." Our ears ought to perk up when we hear these words. May our hearts desire to learn what pleases God so that we can put it into practice.
First of All Pray
1 Timothy 2:1-7
April 3, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 2:1–7
A Faithful Minister
June 12, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 4:11–16
Paul sent Timothy to minister in a difficult situation. In this passage, the apostle reminded the young minister of the priorities that would enable him to be a faithful minister. Whether we are a minister or a church member, these words remind us of the priorities of a faithful ministry that honors God and is blessed by Him. These are the priorities we should support in our ministers and emulate in our own lives as God gives us opportunity to minister in His church.
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus
June 5, 2022 • Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 4:6–10
The apostle Paul instructed Timothy how he could be a good servant of Christ Jesus in a challenging situation. Timothy had a unique calling from the Lord but the fact every Christian is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, Paul's encouragement to Timothy applies to us also no matter where or in what way the Lord has called us to serve Him.
The Church's One Foundation
May 22, 2022 • Dr. Mark Kemp • 1 Timothy 3:14–16
This passage gives the reason for the apostle’s writing this letter, the reason we have this part of God’s inspired word. It is so that “people will know how to conduct themselves in the household of God.” The letter is written so that we will know how to conduct ourselves as God’s family, His church. We will see that our conduct arises from who we are in Christ and what we believe about Christ. In this short passage we have a beautiful description of who we are as the church and a concise statement of the belief that shapes us.