We need to remember that a church’s doctrine is not to be limited to their current situation. We are to recognize that we stand in line with centuries of historical truth. Every church potentially is less than a generation away from compromise, so it is essential that we know how to guard against departure of doctrine.
After his opening greeting in his first letter to Timothy (), Paul provides Timothy with a serious charge, which reveals the occasion for the writing of this letter (). He begins by saying; Continue reading Guarding Against Departure of Doctrine
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
In my last post, “How can I stop sinning when it feels so good?“, I spoke of how sin is more then just our disobedient acts against God. It’s a force that relentlessly wages war against our soul, always seeking to reign in our lives. However before we can look to our battle plan against sin, we first need to know how our enemy attacks us so we can better defend ourselves.
Sin relies on deception
Continue reading The Subtle Strategy of Sin
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.“
Sin… it’s the bane of all our lives. Often we don’t even realise what bondage sin keeps us in until God reveals it to us. When we become aware of our sinfulness before our holy God, we are called to repent and turn from it. Easy… I don’t think so. Yet Jesus said blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. If we know that, why do we keep getting caught up in sinful acts? Why do we allow sin to ‘reign’ or to sit on the throne of our lives.
Continue reading How Can I Stop Sinning When it Feels so Good?
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.