Posts from March 2019

Posts from March 2019

Mark 1 | The Gospel In The Voice of God

 “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11  The first chapter of the Gospel of Mark is direct and straight to the point. We don’t read…

Philemon | Everyone Needs A Second Chance

The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything! The book of Philemon tells a powerful story of how the gospel restores those relationships torn apart by sin. Philemon is a short but beautiful letter from the Apostle Paul (who was in prison for the gospel) to Philemon, a Gentile believer in Colosse (Col. 4:19), in whose house a church meets. Paul writes on behalf of Onesimus, a run away slave who had recently been converted under Paul’s ministry. He had been serving…

Titus 3 | Living The Regenerated Life of Renewal

Paul was instructing Titus on how he should pastor the Church in Crete. His instruction was consistent with his other letters to the churches. There is much to remind us of how we should live our lives. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2  But Paul…

Titus 2 | Teach Sound Doctrine

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:2). In chapter 2, Paul calls Titus to do his part in opposing the practices of those false teachers who, according to chapter 1, had failed to proclaim God’s truth accurately (Vs. 1:10-16). Titus is to do just the opposite. Rather, he must “teach what accords with sound doctrine.”  “Sound doctrine” refers to healthy, solid, reliable teaching. He is to do his best to teach without error, distortion, or…

Titus 1 | Don’t Be A Cretan

As we have just completed the letters that Paul wrote to Timothy, we now come to one written to his lesser-known companion, Titus. Collectively, these letters are known as the Pastoral Epistles because they give instruction to church leaders on how to lead properly. Paul has been traveling throughout the Gentile world establishing churches and he at times leaves behind his protégés whom he calls sons to further the work that he began. Such is the case in Crete where…

2 Timothy 4 | Are You Fulfilling Your Ministry

“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).   The letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy are particularly moving to me as they give great insights into the relationship between the Apostle Paul and his young disciple Timothy. While most of the letters in the New Testament are written to an entire church (Romans, Galatians, etc.) the Timothy letters are written to an individual and as a…

2 Timothy 3 | Don’t Give Up!

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of …    (2 Tim. 3.14). Chapter 3 is part of a larger section (2.14-3.9) that deals with the false teaching faced by Timothy and the church he pastored. Paul instructed Timothy (and us) to “mark” (3.1) the terrible times in which he lives. He should not expect for things to be easy. The evidence for this, he tells Timothy, is to simply look around and take…

2 Timothy 2 | What Believers Need To Remember

Paul’s teachings to the early church congregations are immortal, bearing the truth of Jesus Christ through the ages until His return. Knowing the obstacles and struggles young Timothy would face, Paul gives his greatest fatherly encouragement and appeal in 2 Timothy 2. Before his discourse about being a worker approved by God, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of remembering what he has learned. 2 Tim. 2: 8-10 say, “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was…

2 Timothy 1 | Pass It On

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Tim. 1:5-7 What is the first question a…

1 Timothy 6 | Beware of Nibbles

I was flipping through the channels with my 2 youngest boys the other day when I came across one of the Christian channels. There was a poorly drawn cartoon rat on the screen eating cheese boldly in front of a family who was looking on in terror. It caught my attention so I stopped to see what was being said. The host of the show, a very well-known TV Evangelist, had a guest who was explaining what happens when people…