I’m Pastor Sean Todd
My greatest hope is that you have chosen to follow behind the same leader I chose to follow. Jesus! He leads our way, having faced everything we will ever face and so much more. My next greatest hope is to see you this weekend in church.
If I don’t get to see you at church, feel free to call or text. I would love to start bible studies with you or help in any way I can.
Something To Dwell On
Our Charge: Love
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our Hope. To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 Timothy 1:1,2
Paul is writing to his disciple Timothy whom he is teaching to be a disciple of Christ. He opens with a simple greeting, but then over the course of the first few paragraphs changes from a simple greeting into creating a framework that shapes the rest of his letter. He creates an image of a teacher of the Laws of God because he wants Timothy to be a great teacher one day. He wants Timothy to pick up the torch that he will eventually have to put down. So what is it that Paul says to focus on as a leader?
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
Paul contrasts this love against the image of a teacher who wanders into vain discussion, making confident assertions about the Law of God, but without love, he is speaking on things he does not understand.
Immediately Paul discusses who the law is for. This is our first chance to view the letter as shaped by the framework and not simply making it fit whatever shape we desire.
“Now we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,”
Many people want to merely take this as a simple rebuke against the people who fit into the categories listed in verses 9 and 10. But the strongest rebuke here is for the Christian who knows people that fit these categories. As a Christian we are meant to bring people to Christ. To teach them of his love. If we are attempting to do that. To reach people who break God’s law and teach them about who God is, and we do that without love, then we are merely wandering away into vain discussion.
“The aim of our charge is LOVE”
As you make your way through the rest of this letter to Timothy. Remember that Paul is writing to his protege whom he hopes will take the torch and become a great church leader one day. We need to read this letter through the framework of an instructional letter to church leaders. And at the Heart! Let every aspect of this framework be centred on Love.