How To Make a Difference

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. 

hand_to_heaven_180x180This 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!

2 comments

  1. (this is after thoughts)
    I must give thanks for the teachings these past Sundays. I am in full agreement that the church must make a change in ‘heart-itude’ in order to collectively make a difference in our world…and that begins individually.

    I attended a second service at another church this Sunday, and witnessed the negative effect the church can have on the lost and searching when serious caution is not taken on how it presents itself and how it represents Christ’s love to the world. It broke my heart.

    I’m thankful to belong to a family that desires to be a mold breaker, and seek to get back to the basics of what it means to share God’s love.

  2. I totally agree, Tracy. This teaching has been great! This reminds me of what was in the Message, “that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out.” We can love others and pray that they will know that same simple truth as well.

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