Peter affirms the usefulness of a faithful brother, Silas. But he also gives hearty approval of a young man who at one time had abandoned the ministry, John Mark, by referring to him as, "my son."
Here is a simple, clear and helpful exposition of this premiere text from God's Word on what it is to be a woman who trusts the Lord. She is one who, because of her trust in Him, can smile at the future.
This morning we will examine Total Depravity – the doctrine that all men were once dead in their trespasses and sins, deserving of eternal punishment so that you may rest in the certainty that, by grace, you have been made alive by God in Christ and have received eternal life with Him.
Pastor Todd explains four categories of Christian training to help you grow in godliness.
1. PRIORITIZE - Determine and Develop Your Priorities
2. PERSONALIZE - Create Your Own Personal Schedule
3. PARTNER - Examine Your Enjoyment of the Lord with Help
4. PRAISE - Develop Your Personal Devotional Time
Are you deceived by irreverent, silly myths? Pastor Paul decries this tragedy and commands young Pastor Timothy to train himself for godliness so that as he feeds and protects the flock, he would "put these things before the brothers [and] be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that [he has] followed."
What does this mean for you? You must listen, receive, and obey God's word, while your pastor "puts these things before [you]."
Four truths about trusting God in this passage will help you see the difference between believers and unbelievers so that you will desire to be humbly involved in the spiritual birth and growth of others.
That your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
In building the tabernacle for God's glory, the Israelites gave with overflowing generosity and worked with faithful excellence. The church of Jesus Christ should prepare a place for worshiping Him and equipping the saints with the same Spirit-filled ministry mindset.