This post is Day 12 in a series of studies about “Work/Works”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Work/Works – Day 12
Paul was passionate about advancing the work of God. In this letter, he was giving Timothy the difficult task of correcting false teachings. As well as discouraging other leaders from wasting time on things that have little importance. Many church small group leaders would do well to heed this verse.
1 Timothy 1:3-4
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work.
Paul’s passion was to advance God’s work. Once he had met the living Lord Jesus and received his commission (Acts 9), he could do nothing else. And his purpose in life was to get others to do the same. Timothy was one of Paul’s protégés and became a young pastor of the new christian community in Ephesus.
Paul, in this letter was giving Timothy the difficult task of correcting false teachings, as well as discouraging other leaders from wasting time on things that didn’t have much importance. Many church small group leaders would do well to take note of this verse.
In the house church which meets in our home, my husband has a regular phrase that we use: “If it is not in the Bible, then we don’t spend time discussing it!”
There are so many important things to be studied and learned, and there is never enough time to get through what is planned for the meeting, that we can’t be distracted by what we call “rabbit trails”!
The purpose of all Bible studies must be to advance the kingdom which Paul refers to in our verses today as God’s work.
Think today about small group meetings or Bible studies that you attend, or have been a part of in the past. Do they advance the kingdom, or are they just giving members “head knowledge”?
Pray for the focus of the meetings you are a part of, or are responsible for, to be what The Lord would like to hear if He came to be a part of the group. Remember that He is listening!
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