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Jesus, lover of my soul Jesus, I will never let You go You've taken me from the miry clay You've set my feet upon the rock And now I know
Jesus, lover of my soul Jesus, I will never let You go You've taken me from the miry clay You've set my feet upon the rock And now I know
Jesus, lover of my soul Jesus, I will never let You go You've taken me from the miry clay You've set my feet upon the rock And now I know
I love you (I love you) I need you (I need you) Though my world may fall (though my world may fall) I'll never let You go
My Savior (my Savior) My closest Friend I will worship You (I will worship You until the very end)
Sing it, Jesus (Jesus, You're lover of my soul) Sweet Jesus (Jesus, I will never let You go) And You've taken me (You've taken me from the miry clay) You've set my feet upon the rock And now I know
More love, more power More of You in my life More love, more power More of You in my life
And I will worship You, with all of my heart I will worship You, with all of my mind I will worship You, with all of my strength For You are my Lord
Welcome everyone. Its our last night of the semester, and I hope you’ve enjoyed our time together. I’ve been mostly leading the Monday nights, but tonight I want to begin to release you more to minister to each other. My hope is that God would move on your hearts to take a more active role in this ministry.
Our 3 core values are real devotion to God, real community, and real responsibility to Christ’s commands to love and disciple. We have focused mostly on devotion to God and a little bit of community. Now that we have a bit more of a core group that we can move into more of a deeper community that has the shared goal of making disciples of all nations.
Tonight we are going to look at Paul’s first charge to Timothy to fight the good fight of faith.
Paul's Charge to Timothy
Paul's Charge to Timothy
His first charge is about growth
Read passage then read it in The Message.
1 Timothy 6:8–21 The Message
if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after. But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses. I’m charging you before the life-giving God and before Christ, who took his stand before Pontius Pilate and didn’t give an inch: Keep this command to the letter, and don’t slack off. Our Master, Jesus Christ, is on his way. He’ll show up right on time, his arrival guaranteed by the Blessed and Undisputed Ruler, High King, High God. He’s the only one death can’t touch, his light so bright no one can get close. He’s never been seen by human eyes—human eyes can’t take him in! Honor to him, and eternal rule! Oh, yes. Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life. And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith. Overwhelming grace keep you!
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What action words do you see here? Circle them.
“But you” shows that Paul expected Timothy to be a stark difference from the false teachers he has been warning him about. (vs. 3-10)
1. Flee these things ()
2. Pursue... () (constantly)
3. Fight the good fight of the faith () (continually) (athletic image implying running, boxing or wrestling (see NAC)
Others have shipwrecked theirs!
4. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called
He told Timothy earlier in chapter 1 to hold faith and a good conscience. Because others did not, they shipwrecked their faith. How do you hold on to a good conscience? Don’t break it!
5. Made the good confession () at his public baptism.
6. keep the commandment unstained () This is probably...
The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Timothy, Titus (1) A Program for Godliness (6:11–16)

“a commandment to Timothy to persevere in his own faith and ministry.”

7. keep the command free from reproach ()
Character of the Kingdom
What character traits do you see? How can you reword them?
Righteousness: right character
* righteousness (character) n. — a life or lifestyle in conformity to justice, law, or morality as given by God. (Bible Sense Lexicon)
Godliness: piety,
Godliness: piety,
εὐσεβέω (eusebeō), show devotion to; worship.
The Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (Logos Bible Software, 2011).
The Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (Logos Bible Software, 2011).
Faith, pistin: πίστιν, faithfulness
Faith, pistin: πίστιν, faithfulness
faithfulness n. — the quality of being faithful. (Bible Sense Lexicon)
Love, agapen, ἀγάπην, Christian love
Love, agapen, ἀγάπην, Christian love
love (Christian) n. — a strong, non-sexual affection and regard for a person and their good as understood by God’s moral character; especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges in another person’s behalf. (Bible Sense Lexicon)
Steadfastness, hypomonen, ὑπομονήν, endurance
Steadfastness, hypomonen, ὑπομονήν, endurance
steadfast endurance n. — the power to withstand hardship or stress; especially the inward fortitude necessary.
Gentleness, πραϋπαθίαν. carries the root idea of humility.
Gentleness, πραϋπαθίαν. carries the root idea of humility.
gentleness n. — acting in a manner that is gentle, mild, and even-tempered.
Which ones do you need to grow in? Rank them in order of where you are strongest.
Righteousness, steadfastness, gentleness, godliness, faith, love.
Questions adapted from the Serendipitidy Bible:
Questions adapted from the Serendipitidy Bible:
* Growing up did your parents tend to overprotect you or push you beyond your limits?
* With your children, what are you going to do differently when it comes to risk-taking versus playing it safe?
* Who serves like Paul as your spiritual coach? (Have you had one in the past? Do you have a non-staff person who helps you grow? If not are you interested in one?)
* What is Timothy told to flee from? What is he told to pursue (v. 11) How does a person pursue these qualities?
* What spiritual struggles is Timothy going through? How similar to Timothy's are your struggles?
* If the Christian life is a like a good fight (v. 12), how are you doing: Still in training? Bobbing and weaving? Winded? Other?
* What is Paul saying to people who have plenty of money, particularly in verses 17-19?
* What from this passage will help you to "guard what has been entrusted to your care" (v. 20)?
* What grade would God give you for verse 11? Verses 18-19?
* What kinds of "godless chatter" and "false knowledge" (v. 20) do Christians need to turn away from today? Which do you need to be especially cautious of?
* Who in your life may be a "Timothy" for who God would have you be a "Paul"?
* What false teachings are you aware of and concerned about today?
* How can you help our ministry to be on guard, and to present a strong offense?
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