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THE GOAL OF OUR INSTRUCTION

As I read through I Timothy 1 today, I was drawn to the fifth verse - "but the goal of our instruction is love". I tend to be a goal-oriented person, especially when it come to disciple-making, so any time I'm reading Scripture, I notice phrases like "our goal is" or "in order to" or "so that". These phrases encourage me to understand not only why I'm doing what Scripture says, but also what I'm trying to accomplish. What handy reminders! 

 

God clearly defines the goal of our instruction in this verse,  and that goal is LOVE! Maybe this isn't surprising, but it helps to know that Timothy was dealing with some pretty difficult people amidst pretty difficult circumstances when Paul wrote these instructions to him. Timothy wasn't merely trying to share the Good News for the first time with some listening friends. He was attempting to correct those in opposition to the ministry whom Paul describes as "blasphemers" (vs 20) and those who "have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith" (vs 19).  Making disciples can be tough, especially in the face of opposition. However, in these circumstances, it helps to remember what the goal of our instruction is.

Not being right.

Not proving the point.

Not having the last word.

Love. 

 

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THE CONDITION OF A FALLEN WORLD

2 Thessalonians 3: 1&2  - Finally brothers, pray for us that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified even as it is with you. And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

It is true that all men do not have saving faith. There are many who are religious and many who live good and honorable lives. But the truth remains that if a person has never trusted Christ as their personal Savior they are lost. They are under the wrath of Almighty GOD. They are destined for eternal judgment. What a sobering thought. There is only one solution. They must come to understand that they are a guilty sinner without hope outside of personal faith in Jesus Christ.

That is why it is imperative that we spend quality time in earnest prayer for the message of the cross to go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is true that many will not believe the message. It is true that many will resist the testimony that is presented. There are many enemies of the message of the cross. There are many who have suffered greatly to carry this great message. Satan is alive and well. But thank GOD, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Romans 1:16 says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of GOD unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of GOD revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."

What is our responsibility? Pray for opportunities to share the message of the cross and to help lost people to come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says the effectual fervent  prayer of a righteous man avails much. So let's pray and witness in the power of the Holy Spirit. In closing, I would also ask you to pray for our Pastor and for our church staff to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.  1 Corinthians 1:18 says, "for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of GOD."  Oh bless His Holy Name.

 

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