Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 342

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Welcome to Day 342 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 1 Timothy 1; 1 Timothy 2; 1 Timothy 3; 1 Timothy 4 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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S cripture

1 Timothy 1:5, “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

1 Timothy 2:1, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…”

1 Timothy 3:7, “He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”

1 Timothy 4:16, “Watch your life and doctrine closely.”

O bservation

“…That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

A pplication

Godliness and holiness…

Now there’s a tall order. We are getting down to it now…

Keep in mind that Paul is mentoring young Timothy. Paul told him to not let anyone look down on him because he was young, but to set an example for the believers “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

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People love to make the Christian life complicated, mystical… hard.

Of course, Paul IS talking here about how to conduct ourselves… and who can or cannot be a deacon or overseer in the church. There were, are, requirements based upon the fruit of our lives. There is a standard for us as believers and for leaders in particular.

I don’t think it’s hard. I think it’s easy. Godliness and holiness aren’t easy, but when you are a son, you don’t have to strive to earn acceptance or be “worthy.” When you are a son, you ARE a son. I am only made holy and righteous by what HE has done. Not by what I do.

Jesus said all the Law and the prophets hung on two simple commands: Love God and Love people. When we do that, it simplifies things a bit. When I live my life trying to do what is right, I become more “righteous.”

Paul told Timothy to “set and example.” In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul stated, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”

He basically told Timothy to do the same. Become an example for others to follow.

Good advice for all of us, dontyathink?

P rayer

Lord help me to become an example for others to follow…

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One thought on “Day 342

  1. The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence. (1 Timothy 1:5-7 MSG)

    This made me think about evangelizing. If there is one thing I’ve figured out, it’s that people who are lost and misguided don’t believe themselves to be or really don’t like to be reminded of it and immediately go on defense. It’s not about a shotgun approach. Sometimes it takes many encounters with people. If the whole church simply focused on loving people unconditionally instead of putting them on the spot to accept Christ, we would be more effective in the long run. It is not a limited time offer and supplies are not limited.

    I’m glad to see the church becoming more people focused. It’s all about people… accepting and loving them as Christ does.

    May I bear this to heart in everything that I do and say, that the whole point is simply love. It’s not about religion and filling pews. It’s about loving others. Period. Thank you for loving us first.

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