Sunday, July 21, 2013

1 & 2 Timothy (Bible in 90 Days)

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I've always identified with Timothy. He is a young man and leader who absorbs the teachings of Paul, his elder, but he also decides for himself how he lives and leads those who look up to him for guidance. He is a young person who makes a difference and stands up for what he believes to be right in God’s eyes.

First and Second Timothy are letters Paul wrote to his young companion and apprentice. Paul intended to encourage the young leader as well as give him instruction.

Timothy was one of Paul’s closest companions. He, at Paul’s request, served as a leader to the Church at Ephesus to counter false teachings and guide the people of faith.

Paul encouraged Timothy, especially because of his youth. Timothy was one of the first second generation Christians. But Paul points out that even in youth you can still be an example to others and a leader in the faith.

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“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)

Paul wrote First Timothy just before his final imprisonment in Rome. He intended to visit Timothy again, but since he couldn't right away Paul wrote to Timothy about practical advice for his ministry. This turned First Timothy, a personal letter, into a handbook of Church administration and discipline.

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Paul wrote Second Timothy a couple years after the first, just before being arrested and executed by Emperor Nero. With the letter, Paul intended to pass the torch of leadership to the next generation of church leaders since he knew he would soon die. This is Paul’s final letter. It reveals his priorities and the matters of his heart such as sound doctrine, steadfast faith, confident endurance and lasting love.

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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