Daily Scripture & Questions
I Timothy 1-4 Paul writes to his faithful companion, who has been left to strengthen the church in Ephesus. In chapter one, how do the bookends of verses 3-7 and verses 18-20 help us to understand the core charge that Paul has given to Timothy? After denouncing false teachers, the apostle lays out what living in line with what chapter one, verse five looks like. Why should we pray for all people and especially government leaders (even evil ones) as described in 2:1-2? Men and women are equal as Christians, yet chapter two makes clear that there are different roles between them. Are Paul’s reasons for the different roles merely cultural or tied to the creation account? In chapter three, are the qualifications for elders and deacons “remarkable” or do they indicate that these folks need to be merely solid followers of Jesus? What one qualification for elders would not be a requirement for all other men? In chapter four, what is the contrast between those who depart from the faith and the good servant of Christ? As you review the commands of chapter four, verses 11-16, how are you going to be an example? Who is following your example?
Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions
Read I Timothy 2:1-7. For whom should we pray? What kind of life does God want us to live? Does God desire all people to be saved? How many ways are there to get right with God (that is, how many mediators are there)? Have you ever told anyone else about the good news that Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Acts 4:29-30 “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Seek the Lord for a holy boldness in proclaiming the truth about Jesus, no matter what threats may come your way. Ask God to stretch out His hand in powerful ways to bring glory to Jesus.