Scripture: 1 Timothy

Seeing The Reflection of God

Genesis, Deuteronomy, Galatians, Colossians, 1 John, 1 Timothy

The message dealt with the Bible’s teaching that every person is made in the image of God and reflects the glory of God. The message challenged each of us to turn from and stand against the evil of racism. We can no longer act like racism is a problem that was solved in the 60’s. We must continually repent of any racism that creeps up in our minds and hearts. We should seek to stand against racism as it raises its ugly face in our nation’s institution. Why? Because, first, it dishonors our Savior who died for people from every tribe and language and people and nation. Second, because we know every person is made in the image of God. God sees that one human being is worth way more than all the stuff in the world. Jesus said in Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” One person, one man, woman, boy or girl is worth more than all the stuff and fame of the world. We should see each other in that way and understand that each person somehow reflects the image of God and should be treated with the utmost respect. Third, we should see every person as a person who needs to come to know the love and forgiveness of God. We should see every person as a person for whom Christ died and who without Him will perish. God graciously entrusts believers with caring for people who are all made in the image of God. Our Lord Jesus expects us to turn from and stand against racism. God help us to do this today and every day.

Guarding Against a Financial Crisis

1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
“Financial crisis” are two words that have entered the table talk of people everywhere. Our world defines a financial crisis as a time when assets suddenly lose their value. They occur when the stock markets crash or financial bubbles burst. Scripture, however, defines a financial crisis in radically different terms. These passages teach us that a real financial crisis occurs when riches displace God in our lives.

Persevering in the Good Fight

1 Timothy 6:11-16,20-21
Scripture often teaches us that the Christian life is characterized by perseverance. We see this when Paul charges Timothy to “keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is contrasted to those who “wandered away from the faith.” In this sermon we examine what it means to persevere and how to do it.

Anatomy of Apostasy

1 Timothy 6:3-10
Apostasy occurs when someone intentionally turns away from Christ. This is what the false teachers did in Ephesus. Throughout First Timothy, Paul devotes a lot of ink to identifying these men, explaining how to deal with them, and how to replace them. In this text, Paul exposes some critical elements in their lives that led to their spiritual demise. All of this sets the stage for what comes when he will exhort Timothy to “fight the good fight” of the faith.

The Gospel and Slavery

1 Timothy 6:1-2
While slavery in the Roman Empire was different from slavery in Early American history, it was still a problem that the early church was forced to address. The result was that Paul directly addressed slaves more than any other group in his letters. In these two verses, Paul demonstrates that the heart of the church’s response is grounded in the gospel of Christ.