- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Timothy 1
Young leader, Timothy.
The name Timothy appeared first in Acts 16:1-5. During Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey he met young man Timothy at Lystra, whose mother was a Jew and father was a Greek. He was a man of sincere faith, earned respect from people. Paul with other church leaders set a part Timothy and ordained him (1 Timothy 1:18, 4:14), and he became a companion of Apostle Paul, accompanying with him in Asia Minor, Macedonia and Greece, even in Rome. When Apostle Paul left from Ephesus for Macedonia during his second missionary Journey he asked Timothy to remain in Ephesus to oversee the church (1:3). Apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy in Macedonia, probably at Philippi.
1 Timothy is one of Apostle Paul’s personal and pastoral letters, with Titus and Philemon. In this letter, Apostle Paul tells Timothy how to confront false teachers, how to order the church’s worship, how to select church leaders, and how to conduct himself as young leader in a difficult situation. Speaking as a father to a son (1:2), Paul urges Timothy to guard himself, his own soul.
Chapter 1 includes Apostle Paul’s greeting, the situation that Ephesian church faces, specific issues that Paul asked Timothy to correct, and words of encouragement, instruction.
What is the different between false doctrine and sound doctrine? The former promotes controversies rather than God’s work, the latter conforms to the glorious gospel of God. Two specific sound doctrines in chapter 1 are that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and God is King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God whom we give honor and glory.
“Holding on to faith and a good conscience,” is Apostle Paul’s instruction how to respond to doctrinal, theological controversies today.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.