A Design for God’s Household
As the Apostle Paul was nearing the end of his ministry and life, he wrote to his disciple Timothy to encourage him to continue in the ministry and to instruct him on the proper conduct in the household of God (3:14-15). Paul devotes the first chapter to encourage his protege to remain strong and faithful in preaching the Word of God. Chapters 2-3 emphasize the priority of prayer and how to select godly leadership.
Chapters 4-6 focus on Timothy as a minister among the people. But Paul’s instruction are not intended for just one man but to all those who know Christ. For if you know the Lord Jesus you are in ministry. Therefore, Paul gives instruction on how to build relationships and how to minister to various groups found within the body of Christ. This first letter closes with a strong charge to all who follow the Lord, to live and teach the truth of the gospel.
Join us in this series as we unfold God’s divine instructions on conducting ourselves in His house, the Church.
We are challenged in the Scriptures to be conformed / transformed into the image / likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ. That process is a life-long endeavor but a place to being is to understand what the heart of God looks like. Fortunately, Jesus tells us in Matt.11: 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am GENTLE and HUMBLE of heart.”
God’s heart is one of humility especially toward those who are considered to be “outcasts” of society. Those who are overlooked or neglected … the widowed, the poor, the prisoners, the orphans have a soft spot in the heart of God. Not only these but add to the list of the unpopular, the unattractive, the abused, the disenfranchised, those left out and left behind. These who are needy are all around us but most of us to not have “eyes to see.”
The biblical reality is that these are our NEIGHBORS. The prevailing point of Jesus telling the story of the Good Samaritan is not just to demonstrate that EVERYONE is our neighbor but more significantly how a good neighbor is suppose to act (Luke 10:30-37). In His conversation with a lawyer Jesus directed the man to the two greatest commandments:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
The second is like it “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
In other words, Jesus is telling us to be able to identify who our neighbors are and once we do that then we are to love them like God loves them. So how are you doing in the area of loving your neighbors? This series is an attempt to develop the heart of God toward those who are considered to be our neighbors. Come join us in this incredible journey!
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