Sermon: Prayer, a Pleasing Aroma to God (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Prayer, a Pleasing Aroma to God

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Primary Truth Taught

Prayer for all people is a vital part of church’s ministry to the world and is very pleasing to God.

Introduction

Chapter 1 has taught us very specifically what the Gospel is and how the Gospel is manifested in the lives of believers. Truth produces a pure heart, good conscience, and a sincere faith. Out to these we display the love that God desires. False teaching produces sinful, selfish people who are lovers of themselves rather than others. Once the Apostle has instructed Timothy on the importance of the true Gospel in the life of the church, the very next thing he focuses on is the urgency of prayer in the life of the church.

There are a number of times, in this section, the word all is used. It’s used so many times that the Apostle is showing us something by repeating this word. What does he mean by all? Some will, no doubt conclude that all means all…well it does and it doesn’t
I have often times heard people quote 1 Timothy 2:4 to dismiss, out of hand, the biblical teaching on Sovereign grace or Divine election. In quoting the verse they have told me that God has no interest in electing certain people to salvation but that His desire is for every person to be saved. Yet, we must remember that the word “all” always has a context. It can sometimes mean all people everywhere – many times it does – but it sometimes means “all” in the sense of “all kinds” or “all classes, types” of people or at other times it refers to all within a certain type or class.. For instance, we do the same thing in our English language when a schoolteacher in a classroom may ask the question, “are we ALL here?” or “is EVERYONE here?” She is not asking if everyone on planet earth is in the classroom, but because of the context in which the question is framed (the school teacher’s classroom) we understand she is referring to all within a certain class or type – in this case, all the students signed up for the class. I believe 1 Tim 2:4 is speaking of all in this sense of “all types.”[1]
Human Need Met
How is your prayer life? I believe this text shows us one area where we probably all need to improve. What this text does for us is not just say pray more and leave it at that but it shows us that prayer is very important to God and vital to us as believers. My prayer for us today is that through this text we’ll see collectively just how big prayer is and that knowledge will be the motivation to pray more.

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Sermon: Fighting the War of Faith (1 Timothy 1:18-20)

Fighting the War of Faith

1 Timothy 1:18-20

Primary Truth Taught- Paul reminds Timothy of the charge to rid the church of false teachers and explains how to go about carrying it out.

Introduction

What is spiritual warfare? Many view it as doing battle with demons and casting them out etc. Here, Paul shows us that spiritual warfare is really maintaining and persevering in the faith through life’s hardships and struggles.

So, spiritual warfare is not fighting against evil spirits per se, rather it is fighting to maintain a sound faith and a good conscience while living in this sin filled world. That’s the fight. That’s the war. That’s each and everyone’s calling.

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This passage equips us for the battle. Paul doesn’t just charge Timothy with the orders to do the job but also tells him how he’s to carry it out. We too must have a game plan in place. How are we doing in spiritual warfare?

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Sermon: A Case Study in Abundant Grace (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

A Case Study in Abundant Grace

1 Timothy 1:12-17

 

Primary Truth Taught- God’s Truth as highlighted in the Gospel can bring even the worst sinner to life.

Introduction

We have been introduced to the dangers and the fruit of false teaching. Last time we read down through a sampling of what false teaching and misdirected knowledge pretending to be fro God produce. We’ve also seen the true Gospel and its fruit. We’ve seen what the true Gospel produces in a believer. The true Gospel produces a pure heart, good conscience, and a sincere faith, which in turn manifests godly love among those that have partaken of God’s wonderful grace. The first 11 verses of chapter 1 give us an excellent contrast between truth and false teaching.

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In this section were going to see that through every situation or set of circumstances

1 Timothy 1:12–17 (ESV)

12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

  1. Abundant Grace Turns Enemies Into Servants

12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,

The dominant theme here is thanksgiving. A quick survey of Paul’s letters shows that the dominant theme of Paul’s life was thanksgiving. It should also be seen that his thankfulness is aimed at Someone, namely, Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Sermon: The Battle for Truth (1 Timothy 1:1-11 – Part 2)

The Battle for Truth (Part 2)

1 Timothy 1:1-11

Primary Truth Taught

The correct use of God’s Law will promote first, the gospel of Jesus Christ and second, a life pleasing to God.

Introduction

Last time we looked at the purpose of theology. Paul wrote that the aim of his charge to Timothy was that truth would produce love issuing from a pure heart, good conscience, and a sincere faith. Now today we’re going to see what it looks like to swerve away from the truth of God found in the Bible. He tells Timothy in this text that there are certain people who have left the path of sound teaching and have swerved away into false doctrine. To leave the Law of God is to leave that which will produce in us godliness.

These certain persons as Paul calls them were teaching vain trivial things and meaningless and endless speculation. They were using the Law of God or more specifically the OT to promote their destructive doctrines. So, the Apostle Paul sets out to show Timothy and the Church of Ephesus that this is not what the Law was intended to be used for. Their misuse of the Law of God presents the Law in a bad light and Paul’s theme here is that the Law is not bad but very good, perfect, and will produce within us exactly what God desires.

So the danger, especially today, is to not use the Law correctly. The Law used correctly will allow it to work righteousness within us.

I’ve seen and heard this today from other groups and other pastors. They say things like, Let’s not major on the minors or things like, we can disagree on some minor points of doctrine and still do missions together.

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Sermon: The Battle for Truth (1 Timothy 1:3-7 – Part 1)

The Battle for Truth (Part 1)

1 Timothy 1:3-7

Primary Truth Taught- Biblical truth has as its goal love, flowing from a pure heart a good conscience and a sincere faith

Introduction

I want to read the entire account in Acts this morning of Paul bidding his Ephesian friends goodbye. The reason I want to read this portion in its entirety is to ask you to listen closely and discern the difference between a man of God with a God given ministry and a false teacher with a self-appointed ministry. This will lead us into our passage today in 1 Timothy 1…

Acts 20:17–38 (ESV)

17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them:

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Human Need Met

Everyone here has the temptation to always be looking for something new. If we’re not careful we can go from one new thing to the next and never be truly satisfied.

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