Due to sickness on Sunday morning Pastor John Murphy was unable to preach from our scheduled text in 1 Timothy. In lieu of a sermon our Worship Director, Jacob Warren, read the entire letter of 1 Timothy aloud as people were encouraged to read along. This might sound strange to us but it would have been quite common for the early church. Just as it was often instructed to read the letter aloud in the public gathering (Col. 4:16) we did likewise. We hold highly the authority of God's word and reading the text aloud to allow it to speak for itself is a way we can put God's truth on display without distraction. Although this was unplanned we hope that this will be an helpful in pointing to our need for Jesus and the sufficiency of His word.
1 Timothy is a letter written from Paul to Timothy, who is a young pastor of a church in Ephesus. The clear aim and charge of the letter is found in chapter 3, verse 14-15 where Paul writes, "... I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth." Through this series we hope that God would make us into what he desires, a faithful church.
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