Week 48   Day 2

 

The letters to Timothy and Titus are referred to as "pastoral letters"  

            pastoral as in the word pastor 

 

We see that many people

            with a variety of gifts

            are necessary

            to grow a church 

Paul was the visionary

            who carried the gospel message

            as far as he could 

 

Then people like Timothy and Titus

            nurtured Paul's converts

            and made more 

 

They were entrusted with the task

            of encouraging faithfulness

            and discouraging trouble 

 

Other people were needed too

            to serve as

                        bishops

                        elders

                        deacons

                        administrators 

                        teachers 

                        helpers.

 

 

                                   SET AN EXAMPLE

                   Instructions for prayer, a dress code,

                     leadership positions and exercise.

                                     I Timothy 2, 3 & 4

 

    8 I desire that our men pray everywhere, lifting up holy

hands, without wrath and doubting; 9that the women adorn

themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation,

not with costly clothing, 10but that which is proper for

women professing godliness, with good works.

    1 If a man desires to be a bishop, he desires a good work. 

2He must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate,

of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3not given to

wine, not violent, not greedy, but gentle, not quarrelsome,

not covetous; 4ruling his own house well, his children

in submission with reverence; 7having  a good testimony

among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach.

    8Deacons must be reverent,  9holding the mystery of

the faith with a pure conscience.  10Let these also first be

tested; then let them serve as deacons.  11Their wives must

be temperate, and faithful in all things.  12Let deacons be the

husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own

houses well.  13Those who serve well obtain good standing

and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

     14These things I write so that you may know how you

ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the

church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.  

    6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a

good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith

and of good doctrine.  7Reject profane and old wives' fables,

and exercise yourself toward godliness. 

    8Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable

for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of

that which is to come.  10To this end we both labor and suffer
reproach, because we trust in the living God, the Savior
of all
men, especially of those who believe.

    12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the

believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 

13Give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  14Do

not neglect the gift that is in you, given to you by prophecy with

the laying on of the hands of the eldership.  15Meditate on these

things; that your progress may be evident to all.  16Take heed

to yourself and to the doctrine.  Continue in them, for in doing

this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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