40 day bible challenge
Day 24 | 1 Timothy 1:1-7
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
To Timothy my true son in the faith:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
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 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 1 timothy 1:1-7
Unpacking Timothy 1:1-7
My friends will probably tell you that I am a pretty flakey person. I am reasonably likely to bail on a coffee or night out and this trait can be seen in other areas of my life. I feel like every week I have a different perspective on a certain issue or a different direction I want to take my career in. I think as people we all have a certain degree of innate flakiness; we are all adapting and learning as we go. It would be foolish to think that this doesn’t carry through to our faith and our teaching, sometimes we change our minds on what we think God is saying through a piece of scripture. It is widely agreed that God’s nature doesn’t change, people call this the ‘immutability of God’, just look at Malachi 3:6, Numbers 23:19 or James 1:17 they all point towards God’s nature being constant and perfect. If teaching changes and God doesn’t, how do we know what teaching is true and what is not?
the Passage itself
Just for some background, Timothy, a guy who travelled all over the place with and was mentored by Paul, is now based at the church in Ephesus at Paul’s advisement. 1 Timothy is a letter that Paul wrote to his mentee to advise him on how to pastor the church there.
Paul gets immediately to the point, he has heard that some people have introduced made up stories and family trees that get in the way of what Jesus’ message is (1 Timothy 1: 3-4). He then continues by saying that it’s so much simpler, it’s just love! If you don’t keep this at the centre you will trip over yourself, you miss the point and even worse if you make yourself appear like some kind of expert you mess teaching up and then mislead other people (1 Timothy 1:5-7).
“If you don’t keep love at the centre you will trip over yourself, you miss the point”
When the devil tempts Jesus in Matthew 4 Jesus consistently uses scripture as his defence even when the devil starts quoting scripture (v5). I think there are two main points we can take from this. When we are unsure of a certain action our first step should be checking it against scripture and God’s nature. Secondly, invest in your relationship with God, get stuck into scripture, pray loads, get involved with cluster! I still struggle but it is so much easier when you are part of the community. Recently I have been reading through Acts and I am constantly amazed by how close the apostles walk with God; because what they want is so in line with what God wants, through them God does crazy things! I like to think one day my life will look more like that; maybe it will, maybe it won’t but I am definitely going to challenge myself to get my life more in line with God’s will until it does!
We’re doing a 40 Day Bible Challenge as a Student Church to engage more with the Bible and the daily podcasts we do here as a church.
To listen to today’s podcast on the same passage as above click here.