Tuesday, January 24, 2023

60IN60 Day 23 - Tues Jan 24

It's Day 23 and we're in 1 Timothy 4.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 7 - "discipline yourself" - Spiritual growth doesn't happen by accident.

- Verse 10 - Jesus is the Savior of all people because He died to make it possible for everyone to be forgiven, but there is obviously a sense in which He is especially the Savior for those of us who have accepted His sacrifice.
- Verse 12 - "youthfulness" - Timothy was relatively young.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Your Comments and Questions:
- "I Timothy 3:8-13 - My experience, when it comes to choosing deacons in churches, is basically the divorce factor - if the man has been divorced, he's out; if he hasn't been divorced, he's in. Then there's the ceremony, the ordination, etc.  But I don't think I've ever witnessed the deacon's wife be involved in the process.  This scripture plainly points out requirements for her too.  Why isn't the wife of a potential deacon examined for her role? Why isn't she questioned before the church? I've known some deacon's wives that were not anything like this Scripture describes." - It's important for us to consider the Biblical requirements for the roles that you've mentioned. Sadly, in many cases, those passages aren't even referenced in the process of seeking people to fill those roles. I don't really have a good explanation as to why we don't do better, except that no one within the church is pushing us to be more deliberate about pursuing the Bible's standards. I would add that a similar situation often happens with pastors as well. There are Biblical passages that lay out the standards for a pastor and yet in many situations a pastoral search committee will spend much more time considering what they want or what the church wants in a new pastor rather than prayerfully considering what the Bible says a pastor should look like.

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