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August 2010

1 Timothy 6 Commentary

vv.1-2 “For the church to have encouraged slaves to revolt against their masters would have been fatal.  It would simply have caused civil war, mass murder, and the complete discredit of the Church.”[1] “In communities where membership included numerous slaves together with some of their masters, the relationship between them was a pressing problem.  Slaves […]

1 Timothy 5 Commentary

vv. 1-2 “The same word is used here for older man as is used later on of the church officials called ‘elders’.  But Paul’s advice here concerns older members of the congregation.  The verb rebuke harshly (epiplesso) is a strong one meaning ‘censure severely’ and those advanced in years should be spared such treatment.  If […]

1 Timothy 4 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Michelle Sun, Gracepoint Berkeley Growing in Godliness v. 12  “…set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” v. 15-16  “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life adn doctrine closely. Persevere in them, […]

1 Timothy 3 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Helen Kim, Gracepoint Berkeley In 1 Timothy 3, Apostle Paul gives specific guidance on how to behave as overseers, deacons and wives of such people.  He tells them to:  be above reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, […]

1 Timothy 4 Commentary

v.3 “This unbiblical asceticism arose out of the mistaken belief that the material world was evil – a central belief of the Gnostic heresy”[1] v.6 “The first paragraph begins by gathering up what has been said from 2:1 to 4:5 and urging Timothy to point these things out to the brothers.  The brothers, of course, […]

1 Timothy 3 Commentary

Introduction: “The Church at Ephesus was troubled by men who taught error and, in at least some cases, lived immorally. Christians, especially women, were harassed and in need of help.  In chapter 1 Paul urged Timothy both to teach truth and to live a life appropriate to his teachings.  In chapter 2 he stressed the […]

Devotion Time: August 2 – August 8, 2010

Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – Personal Reflection based on the questions in the packet. Friday to Sunday Read the assigned Old […]