September 28/1 Timothy 3

Once Paul communicates the necessity of prayer to his young pastor Timothy he then goes on to talk about what Timothy should look for when choosing leaders (elders & deacons) in the church. But really all Christians should be able in time to display these characteristics in their own lives. I get this from verses 14 & 15 >

1 Timothy 3:14–15 (NLT) — 14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, 15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Paul said that he was writing these things so the people would know how to conduct themselves in God’s household. I know that in our household when I was growing up there was some conduct that was unacceptable like, talking back to mom, lying, being late for meals etc. Then there was conduct that was acceptable like saying please and thank you, helping with the dishes without being asked, coming home on time, and not picking on my sisters!

So because we are in God’s household Paul tells us in verses 1-13 what behavior is acceptable and what behavior isn’t acceptable.

Then he says not only are we the household of God but we are the church of the living God. In other words we are to live like God is alive! When my parents weren’t home sometimes I acted like they were dead; you know not on the scene. My behavior wasn’t always acceptable. But of course they weren’t around so they wouldn’t know right? Wrong. I had two younger sisters who loved to tell on me! I couldn’t get away with anything when they were around. Most of the world lives like God isn’t around; like he isn’t alive, like he doesn’t know what is going on. Many of us Christians live the same way. Paul knows all about human nature that it tends to live for itself when it thinks no one is watching. That is why he reminds Timothy that we are the Church of the living God!

Psalm 10:11 (NLT) — 11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us! He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

No matter where we are when people observe us they should be able to tell by our conduct and our words that we believe God is alive. Joseph in the Old Testament was good about letting people know that God was alive both by his words and his conduct.

Genesis 39:9 (NLT) — 9 No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

Genesis 40:8 (NLT) — 8 And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.” “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

Genesis 41:16 (NLT) — 16 “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

Paul then says that the Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth. Every one has an opinion on how live should be lived; hence all the ‘talk shows’. But what is the truth? When people come to Hilltop they should hear the truth preached, taught and lived out. When people are around us outside of the church building they should be able to expect to hear the truth from us and see the truth lived out in our lives.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT) — 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Now knowing what ‘We’ the Church is about lets all go back and read and meditate on the first 13 verses and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to live as the Church in our world.

Be Inspired Hilltop!!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Paul’s teaching in this chapter looks back to the parable of the talents. If you cannot manage your home well then you will not be a qood Canada to manage God’s church. Our goal is to succeed at home do we can succeed as the church.