1 Timothy was addressed by the Apostle Paul to his beloved protégé and acting pastor in the church at Ephesus several years after the events of Acts 28 when Paul went to Rome for his appeal to Caesar. It is one of what we call the pastoral epistles and written to encourage Timothy to keep the faith and maintain a good conscience in his struggles, and especially to give him pastoral guidance in combatting false teachers and teachings circulating at that time as well as generally to instruct Timothy about how people ought to conduct themselves in the family of God. This letter is not exactly a pastoral manual in a formal sense, but it has that flavor. Its content is still very pertinent for pastoral and church life today, where in principle many of the same issues reoccur and we can benefit from the same wisdom, if we will.
The Psalms comprise perhaps the most generally beloved literature in all of God’s word. The reason for that is not a puzzle. The psalms, many penned by King David, are so personal and addressed to God “out of the pits” where, at one time or another (or better yet many times) all of us believers […]
Penned by Luke, the author of the third gospel, which recounts the beginning of the ministry of our Lord Jesus, the book of Acts is the sequel, narrating the continuation of His ministry through His chosen apostles. It describes the birth of the church and the fulfillment of the OT promise of the outpouring of the […]
Following Jesus is our conviction, our passion and our vision. That is what we are all about. But sometimes it helps a lot to flesh that out a bit, because following Jesus, which is the reflex of an honest-to-God faith, is really a pretty radical thing. In this short series of four messages, Pastor Jim […]