Are You Willing To Change?

1) 1 Timothy

The letters of 1 & 2 Timothy are

Paul’s writing to Timothy,

(a younger minister).

In these two books we’ll study, he addresses

-teaching sound doctrine

-opposing false doctrine

-modeling righteous living

The book is written in AD 64

Addressing problems in Ephesian church.

They had traveled there together 

& were familiar with the church.

In this letter, Paul tells Timothy to 

lead the Ephesian church, 

while Paul went to Macedonia.

As the senior pastor,

Paul gives Timothy counsel.

We’re going to look at 

the important advice he shared 

& see why it’s applicable today.

2)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord 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 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

The message of the church is

3) The Gospel of Jesus

It’s easy for the church to get sidelined by:

-religious arguments

-doctrinal debates

-political discussions

AND QUIT SHARING THE GOSPEL

That’s what’s happening here in Ephesus.

Some have Baptist backgrounds

Others have Methodist backgrounds.

Some of you are premillenials

Others are amillenials.

Some of you are Republicans,

Others are Democrats.

The church’s mission isn’t to promote who WE are.

It’s to promote who HE is!

There’s no room for personal agendas 

in the church.

There’s not time for personal agendas.

The message of the Gospel is 

the most important message 

the world will EVER hear.

That’s the church's mission!

That’s what Paul is telling Timothy

That’s what Paul is telling us.

The next problem Ephesus has are 

Teachers of the Law

There were those who taught 

Salvation by Keeping the Law

He says: “They don’t even know the PURPOSE of the Law.” The law’s purpose isn’t intended to be  a LIST of rules for believers. The law’s purpose is: -Convict unbelievers of their sin -Lead them to God

4)

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

Paul says:

“The law has a purpose,

But the law can’t save you.”

He’s about to tell them 

how he got saved.

5)

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

This great leader in church 

had a horrible past.

He did things that were unspeakable.

He was present when Stephen was stoned to death.

He was responsible for much violence against church.

When he came to Christ,

Christians were skeptical.

There are two words that stand out here:

6)  Mercy & Grace

We don’t deserve God’s mercy, 

but He gives it anyway.

We don’t deserve God’s grace,

But He’s willing to overlook our sin.

7) 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

People today say:

“God could never forgive me.”

OH YES, HE CAN

Do you know the only sin that’s unforgivable ?

Jesus tells us in Mt 12:31

Let’s look at it:

8)

Mt 12:31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Do you know what blasphemy 

against the Holy Spirit is?

It’s a stubborn, resistant heart 

that will not let God in.

God can’t make cement soft again.

If a person stubbornly refuses Him,

He turns them over to their sin.

He’s not going to waste His time.

But for those hearts burdened by sin, 

He’s ready to help.

Paul did bad things, 

but his heart was changeable.

That’s what God is looking for today.

His grace can cover any sin.

He just wants to know if 

we’re willing to change.

The Bible calls it repentance.

9)

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God patiently waited on Paul.

One day while Paul was traveling,

God had to get his attention.

He struck him blind.

For three days he couldn’t see.

He was pretty scared. 

He wouldn’t eat or drink that entire time.

On 3rd day, God sent Ananias to:

-Pray with him

-Baptize him

From that day forward, 

Paul was a changed man.

There may be someone here today,

Who is burdened by their sin.

That’s a good sign.

That means that your heart isn’t hard.

It means that you haven’t committed 

the unforgivable sin.

10) The Good News Is:

Your sins CAN be forgiven!

Are you willing?

Will you do what God 

is calling you to do.

11)

Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

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