Hey! I was out of town last week, hence the lack of an update. But now I’m back (insert cheers or boos here, your choice).
Happy Mom’s day! Be sure to buy your Mom some flowers and a card…or give her cash, that should shock her.
This Sunday we’ll be reading 1 Timothy 2:1-7. (In the Message). We’re looking at 1&2 Timothy with the theme of discovering what Church life should look like in real life. Paul started off his letter with instructions about keeping the Gospel streamlined…not adding sensational stories or heavy-handed rules. From doctrine, he moves to practical instructions about the church’s place in this world, and our primary means of making a difference.
In v1-2, Paul gives specific instructions about how we are to deal with our fellow human beings…from our neighbors to our president. What is his instruction? Why does he make that such a priority?
V2 even tells us about the priorities of our lifestyle. What should characterize the Christian life in relationship to the world around us? HERE is the literal Greek word for the last word used to describe the Christian lifestyle in v2. Does this characterize your life? How does Paul’s instructions in v1 connect with v2?
In v3-7 Paul describes the ultimate way we as the church make a difference in this world. In light of the prevalent call to political activism, these last verses seem to temper our understanding about what the church is called to do and represent. What does that mean about our primary mission in the world?
Looking forward to exploring this together on Sunday! See yez’ then!