How are We called to make an Impact?
So, far we took a look at Paul…Going not Knowing & Going in Grace.
Key Thought 1: Timothy
Note: Paul’s 1st letter to his Ministry Partner and Son in the Faith. “I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith.” 1 Tim 1:2
There is something about serving in mission or ministry together. There is a bond that is amazing.
- Of all the People Paul worked with, perhaps the most uniquely like Him is Timothy, whom he calls “my true son in the faith.”
- Paul is saying my son, Timothy, bears my spiritual similarity. He Carries my Convictions. He Walks with Me in Ministry.
- Timothy had spent nearly 20 years with Paul. And Paul had made a maximum investment in him…not only of teaching but of setting an example and setting a pace and building the church up in Christ.
- He holds my attitudes toward ministry and truth as revealed by God. And like Elijah who passed his mantle on to Elisha, Paul desires to pass the mantle of ministry to Timothy.
- And now as Paul writes 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy and Titus, he’s nearing the end of his life, he knows that. It won’t be long until his life will be taken from him violently. He’ll be executed for the proclamation of the gospel. Timothy is now around the age of 35 and Paul is going to leave to him the task of carrying on the work. And I believe that he left him as verse 3 says in Ephesus to give him a very important test, to see how he would handle a very difficult situation to enable Paul to know how ready he was to take over when Paul left.
So Paul leaves Timothy in Ephesus to correct some things, to strengthen some things, to set some things right.
3 When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth…. 4 Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.
And it is essential not only that the Ephesian church be set right but that Paul see the strength of Timothy in action in a very difficult ministry.
Key Thought 2: All Believers
1. Pure Heart
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
- Those who are pure in heart are Blessed because they don’t let any evil into their hearts.
- Instead they strive for a heart that is full of… purity, goodness, wholesome thoughts—thoughts of thankfulness, thoughts about how they can bless others, etc.
- They also have a firm, uncompromising resistance in their hearts to any thoughts of selfishness, impurity, doubt and anxiety that might try to come in.
2. Clear Conscience
22 Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
3. Genuine Faith
- Hunger for God, His Son and His Word. “I thirst for God, the living God.” Psalm 42:2
- Continual prayer.
“When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live” (E.M. Bounds)
“Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
4. Humility. “I’m a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God. I don’t write as an authority on humility; I write as a fellow pilgrim walking with you on the path set for us by our humble Savior.” C. J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness
- Paul describes this best in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Key Thought 3: God’s Mercy
16 But God had mercy on me
Mercy is a “love that responds to human need in an unexpected or unmerited way.” At its core, mercy is forgiveness.
Christ showed us mercy. Then, in the fullness of time, God sent his own Son not simply to dispense his mercy, but to embody it. Jesus is the Mercy of God made human. He didn’t just teach his people to echo God’s mercy in their lives (Matthew 5:7; 18:33; Luke 6:36; Luke 10:37), but he himself was, and is, the mercy of God to us. Fittingly, the most prominent request made of Jesus in the Gospels is, “Have mercy on me!” (Matthew 9:27; 15:22; 17:15; 20:30–31; Mark 10:47–48; Luke 16:24; 17:13; 18:13, 38–39), which is precisely what he did in his perfect life, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection — extending God’s mercy not just to Israel, but to all the nations by faith
Key Thought 4:
“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” 1 Timothy 1: 19
Paul’s Warnings Opens Two Categories
The Apostle brings clarity to the Struggle with Sin.
Ask Yourself: Where am I on these Lists?