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This is study is aimed to bring the man to become leaders of their homes, ministries entrusted to them and eventually their own churches

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Jesus our Example

Jesus our Example

God has placed a calling in the life of each follower of Christ. He has invested in us natural talents, Spiritual gifts and Practical abilities that we may serve Him effectively on this earth.
Yet it is so important to remember that He did not gave them to us, and left us to just figure it out ourselves. Rather He gave us Jesus as an example to follow. (John 13:15)
[1] When we look at Jesus ministry in the Gospels, we notice that before He began His public ministry, His life was already pleasing to the Father.
Matthew 3:17 NKJV
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Where does Ministry start?
In our call to leadership the first thing that we ought to remember is that leadership does not start in the public place, but in the unseen, First in our personal lives, then at home, then in public ministry.
[2] When we look at Jesus ministry in the Gospels, we observe that His ministry did not start until after He had been filled with the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 3:16 NLT
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.
There are two ways to do things in ministry. (What are the two ways people do ministry?)
1- in our own strength:
John 15:5 NKJV
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
2- In His power: As we have been studying the book of Acts, we see what takes place when we let God do His work in us and through us.
[3] When we look at Jesus ministry in the Gospels, we see that He took upon Himself to make disciples, who would learn from Him and do practical ministry on His behalf:
Matthew 4:19 NKJV
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Yet it is naive to thin, that there is no cost involve when it comes to serving Jesus, --Let me clarify this, He calls us to count the cost, and to make the deliberate decision to follow Him.
Luke 9:23 NLT
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
& here is the reason:
some one who wants to bring glory to Jesus, can not live for himself. We are called to take up the cross daily, and turn from our selfish ways.
We are called to Live for Jesus and no longer for our selves:
Listen, if we as men, could simply grasp and understand what Jesus asking of us as we make this choice to follow Him, and if we took His calling for our lives seriously, we would be mind-blown at the things God can do and wants to do in us and through us.
He calls us to turn from our selfish ways, because Christianity is not about God living for Me, but about me living for Him.
This is important, because on a later day He would send out his disciples to preach and make disciples themselves, not of their own way, but of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19–20 NLT
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
& He calls them to do this, not in their own power and ability, but through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 NLT
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
That is the very Example we received from. Jesus came to lead us to the Father to do His father’s will.
John 5:19 NLT
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
QQ: Have you made that commitment to follow Jesus? Have you counted the cost?

1st Timothy Chapter 1

Paul’s Calling and appointing: [Paul becomes a Disciple of Jesus, & following the command, He went out through out the nations, making disciples. Two of the most noted ones are Titus & Timothy. They stand out from the hundreds of people Paul impacted because of their Spiritual calling.
1 Timothy 1:1–2 NLT
This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope. I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Paul saw Timothy as his son in the Faith because he had brought him to the Lord. While Paul was preaching in the town of Lystra, where Timothy lived, the people of Lystra took Paul outside stoned him and left him for dead. But the word tells us that Paul got up and came back into the town, preaching again.
Acts 16:1–4 NKJV
Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.
Acts 14:21–22 NLT
After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
Acts 14:21–22 NLT
After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
Acts 14:22 NLT
where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
Now on his way back, he hears about Timothy, and Paul takes him under his wing, because he longed to see him do well.
Acts 16:1–4 NLT
Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem.
Timothy became a trusted co-worker of Paul in his endeavor to spread the Gospel.
He becomes a young Pastor, called to lead, to teach people the same Gospel that Paul taught, the same Gospel that he received from Jesus. Paul invested in Timothy that he may become a good servant of Jesus.
& Now Paul tells him, it is time for you to stand up for good and sound doctrine:
This is the goal of discipleship, to train, to help you grow that you may answer God’s calling for your life.
1 Timothy 1:3–4 NLT
When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.
Paul entrusted Timothy to stay behind and stop false teachers who taught contrary doctrines to the truth: False teachers.
Good biblical teaching will encourage people to Live a life of Faith. It will encourage people to know God deeper.
Now Timothy, you stand in guard… --In the Old Testament, we find guards set on each entrance and exit of the temple. They were there to protect the congregation from outside dangers. .
As a Disciple of Jesus Christ, as a leader in this local house of God, we need to be versed in scriptures, having a clear understanding of what the word of God teaches and doesn’t teach. Be on Guard!!!
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Satan uses False teachers and false doctrines, and all kinds of evil, predators, people who will take advantage of the week.
Listen, you are called to stand in guard, of the people: You & I need to be prepared, with knowledge of the Word and being filled with the Holy Spirit. that we may be ready to protect, to guard, to keep the congregation safe from outside danger.
EX>> The Queen's Guard is the name given to soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences. While the Queen has a number of homes, the guards are only mounted at her official London residencies (Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace), as well as Windsor and Holyroodhouse in Scotland.Jun 26, 2015
because do not help people grow Spiritually. Rather they are time wasters.
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1 Timothy 1:5 NLT
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 NLT
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
Unlike such aimless speculations, the intended result of Paul’s instruction to Timothy was love =agape, and the purest kind of love at that.
1:5. Unlike such aimless speculations, the intended result of Paul’s instruction to Timothy was love, and the purest kind of love at that. It is that love which pours naturally from a cleansed heart (cf. ), untainted conscience, and a sincere (anypokritou, “unhypocritical”; cf. ) faith. Each member of this beautiful trio speaks of a purity and integrity which produces the most exquisite kind of selfless love, seen in its ultimate form in God’s love itself. Whereas the false teachers were motivated by worthless curiosity, Paul’s instruction was designed to promote the most magnificent of virtues by maintaining the purity of the church’s teaching. God’s truth always purifies the human spirit, while error putrifies it.
It is that love which pours naturally from a cleansed heart (cf. ),
2 Timothy 2:22 NLT
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
untainted a clear conscience: Not living in a way that internally you know you are not right before God. Not hiding secrets before God.
and a sincere (anypokritou, “unhypocritical”; cf. ) faith.
2 Timothy 1:5 NLT
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.
Each member of this beautiful trio speaks of a purity and integrity which produces the most exquisite kind of selfless love, seen in its ultimate form in God’s love itself.
Whereas the false teachers were motivated by worthless curiosity, Paul’s instruction was designed to promote the virtues by maintaining the purity of the church’s teaching. God’s truth always purifies the human spirit, while error putrefies it.
Litfin, A. D. (1985). 1 Timothy. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 731–732). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
1 Timothy 1:6–7 NLT
But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
They have gone astray, they have left the path completely. They were trying to bring legalism, bring laws and rules to peoples walks with Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:8–11 NLT
We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.
All the people who have not received the Gospel of Peace, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, today stand before God, as a judge. Condemned by their actions in breaking God’s perfect law.
Listen, that is the reality of the Gospel. Anyone and everyone, who have not received Jesus gift of salvation has condemned himself.
Are you ready to explain the Gospel to a lost person?
The Good news about Jesus gospel, it is that is not dependent on past perfect behavior, to achieve peace with God. The good news is that everyone can be saved, and even greater, used by God, regardless of our past.
1 Timothy 1:12–15 NLT
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
Does it mean that we should continue to sin, just because Jesus saved us when we were sinners? no…
As a matter of fact, If you received Jesus as your savior, you have become a new creation, and the fruit of this new life should be reflected in the way you live:
EX>> Baby… Hungry… Development. etc.
If you are living a life of sin, If sin doesn’t bother you, if sin doesn’t affect your “relationship with God” than you should question your salvation. Be cause there is something wrong. If you are not in fellowship, than you have to ask yourself, Lord what is wrong with me? why am I not hungry.
2 Peter 1:10 NLT
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.
Listen, what if Paul would have said?= “I was the worst of sinners, persecuted Christians, led riots to get them stoned, and I still do…”
That is simply an oxymoron. To state to walk in the light, but live in darkness. To say that we serve a Holy God, but live in the filth of sin.
EX1>> A man arrested on South Padre Island last week was recorded in a viral video screaming obscenities and phrases like, "Donald Trump will stop you," to a Muslim family on the beach. Alexander Jennes Downing to a Muslim family vacationing on a South Padre Island beach… You can not F-up my “christianity
EX2>>The San Bernardino shooting, where a man shoot his wife at a pre-school and then killed himself. Listen that man claimed to be a “Pastor” but had a history of domestic violence.
would you consider this man a christian based on his actions? --Those things should go together, clearly he can call himself whatever he wants. But 1- He was not a disciple of Jesus. 2- He was self appointed.
1 Timothy 1:12–17 NLT
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:15–17 NLT
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
God saved of us to use us. Saved People, Serve people. God does not call people to bench, he calls and saves us that we may be used by Him.
A life change through Jesus, testifies of God’s power. [continue here]
1 Timothy 1:12–15 NKJV
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
1 Timothy 1:18 NLT
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles.
Fight the Good fight, wage the good warfare… You have to remain engaged in the Lord’s battles:
1 Timothy 1:18 NKJV
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
Paul is not being subtle here: the prophecies reinforced Paul’s conviction that Timothy was a fit soldier to conduct the battle against error in the Ephesian church.
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1 Timothy 6:12 NLT
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 1:18 NKJV
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
1 Timothy 1:19–20 NLT
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.
Are you as a man, as leader of your home, engaged in the battle? or are you letting Satan just do whatever he wants in your home?
1 Timothy 1:18–20 NLT
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.

wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,

Fight the Good fight, wage the good warfare… You have to remain engaged.
You must cling to Faith in Christ. Keeping a clear conscience. Look at what happened to Hymenaeus & Alexander.
1 Timothy 1:19–20 NLT
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.
--A good conscience is important to a good warfare and a good ministry .EX>> The magazine editor H.L. Mencken defined conscience as “the inner voice which warns us that somebody may be looking.”
But a man with a good conscience will do the will of God in spite of who is watching or what people may say.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 213). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
EX> Like Martin Luther, he will say, “Here I stand; I can do no other, so help me God!”
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter One: Stay on the Job (1 Timothy 1)

Professed Christians who “make shipwreck” of their faith do so by sinning against their consciences. Bad doctrine usually starts with bad conduct, and usually with secret sin. Hymenaeus and Alexander deliberately rejected their good consciences in order to defend their ungodly lives

You have to understand, these two men did not started the wrong way. The idea here is that they started on the right track, but in their willingness of deliberately violated their conscience. Teaching and doing what was obviously wrong, and they shipwrecked their faith.
You have to understand, these two men did not started the wrong way. The idea here is that they started on the right track, but in their willingness of deliberately violated their conscience. Teaching and doing what was obviously wrong, and they shipwrecked their faith.
You have to understand, these two men did not started with the end goal of wrecking their faith: The idea here is that they started on the right track, but in their willingness of deliberately violated their conscience. Teaching and doing what was obviously wrong, and they shipwrecked their faith.
2 Timothy 2:16–18 NLT
Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.
Here’s reality, what this is all about: I want you to be honest with yourself and ask yourself:
I want you to be honest with yourself and ask yourself:
Paul viewed the congregation as a haven and protection for believers without which they would suffer painful disadvantage. Thus excommunication was designed to chasten the two apostates. Yet Paul’s motive was remedial, not punitive (cf. ; ).
1 What is my commitment to Jesus? Do I understand His sacrifice, His love and what it means?
2 Am I a good disciple?
Litfin, A. D. (1985). 1 Timothy. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 734). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
3 Am I a disciplined disciple?
4 Am I making disciples of my family?
5 Can they count on me to lead them closer to God?
6 Can they see my commitment to Christ daily?
7 Am I an example to them in church, service, attendance, punctuality?
8 Am I prepared and ready to stand and protect my family and my church family against enemy attacks?
9 Am I on track to be sent out and make disciples?
10 Am I prepared and ready to explain the Gospel to the Lost?
11 - If not, what is stopping me?
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