Though Paul deals a lot with false teachers in the letters to Timothy and Titus, he is not the only New Testament writer to deal with the subject. Peter has a lot to say about these deceivers, as well as those who are deceived by them.
The story of Esther is familia7.r to many, and has great value to teach us today. As we look at several passages from the book this morning, we will notice several occasions where Mordecai and Esther chose to do the right thing, even when it may not have been the easiest choice to make.
Though the letters of Timothy and Titus are often thought of as instructive for preachers, there is something for all of us within those pages. We are all called to be servants of the Lord, and we all should strive to be the best we can be as God’s servants.
Knowing that we are called doesn’t always make it easy to serve. Sometimes, we are aware of our own weaknesses, and may think that these things will hinder us from serving. But God knows what those weaknesses are, and he calls us to serve anyway.
All Christians have been called to service in God’s kingdom. As those who are called, we are instructed to fight the good fight of faith. Though we face a dangerous foe, we have all that we need to fight against him, and claim the victory in Christ.
Paul uses the illustration of vessels in a house, some being used for honorable purposes, others for dishonorable. This illustration points to a truth in the church, that there are some bringing honor to God, but others who are bringing shame and reproach upon his name. Which one are we going to be? Paul describes how we must become vessels of honor in order to bring glory of God.
Based on a sermon outline by Brother Todd Clippard, our study today considers what we don’t know about tomorrow. And by understanding what we don’t know, we may be moved to be certain that we are prepared to meet our Lord in judgment.
As children we would often sing, “Father Abraham, had many sons. I am one of them and so are you.” Romans 4 explains to us how all who have faith in Jesus are children of Abraham, following his example of faith. Despite some failures in his life, Abraham is an outstanding example of faithfulness that parents, and all Christians can follow today.
Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
Peter tells us that we are a living stones being built into a spiritual house for the Lord. Built on the foundation of Christ, our cornerstone, we are built up to offer spiritual sacrifices to our Lord.