1 Timothy 1:1-11 – August 11
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Timothy 1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Meaningless Talk | Becky Newman
1 Timothy 1:5-6
1 Timothy is a pastoral letter from Paul to Timothy, whom Paul mentored and brought to faith in Christ. It was likely written later in Paul’s life right before he was imprisoned and killed in Rome. Timothy’s role was to care for the churches and keep them unified. Paul was encouraging Timothy in this role, reminding him in the midst of the muck what is most important — love.
“Meaningless talk” — the world is inundated with meaningless talk. Everyone wants to be heard and seen — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, even blogs like this one, etc., chasing an imaginary Pokémon around town, talk radio, reality TV, too many movies and TV shows to count, politics, music — all of it is meaningless if we don’t have love (1 Corinthians 13). This is a great reminder, drowning in an ocean of media, that love is most important above all of this. And we can’t love without relationship, with God and with others. In the middle of all this meaningless talk, while I watched the Olympics, I saw a bright light of clarity, when Boudia and Johnson won the silver medal in synchronized diving, the first thing they did was huddle with their coach and pray, and then in their interview immediately following, both of them said I know my identity is in Christ and not in this sport and that allows me to have peace and joy no matter what. Because everything is meaningless without, first, His love.
Help me not drown or get caught up in all this meaningless talk but to always remember love is what gives meaning and is what spreads Your gospel.
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