Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 29, 2012 | John Bayles | The Definition of Law and Grace (1 Timothy 1:3-11)

In the last verse of today's text the Apostle Paul speaks about the "glorious Gospel." Here we discover a critical point of distinction between the purpose of the Old Testament law and the message of the New Testament Gospel. The former identifies the lawbreaker; the later sets the lawbreaker free from his captivity.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012 | John Bayles | Equipping the Soldier for Battle (1 Timothy 1:1-2)

There is a common argument that because of the uniqueness of Paul’s opening greeting to Timothy, the letter is not Pauline. For instance, the use of the opening phrase order, “Christ Jesus”, versus, “Jesus Christ”, as in other letters of Paul’s. Paul uses the strong word statement, “by the command of God” unlike other uses of “the will of God” to describe his apostolic calling. And the use of the closeness of his relationship to Timothy by the words, “my true son in the faith” is close, but non-similar to other descriptions of the apostle. And finally Paul’s inclusion of the word “mercy” here in the introduction is uncommon to most of the openings of his letters.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012 | John Bayles | Paul, Timothy, False Teachers, and False Teachings (1st & 2nd Timothy)

As stated last week, a key to understanding any given text is to first understand the context, both historical and literal, in which it was written. Today's sermon will focus on the three players appearing in Paul's letters to Timothy. We see Paul's own struggles, sometimes stated clearly, sometimes coming out from the shadows of his comments, but always powerful and instructive. Paul's exhortations to Timothy are what every one of us would desire to receive from a mentor, a wise parent, or a more seasoned Christian friend.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 8, 2012 | John Bayles | Detained, Yet Fruitful (1 Timothy 1:1-2)

In this first in a series of sermons in his first letter to Timothy we will see the urgency that the Apostle Paul brings to his discourse with his young son in the Lord. This is clearly an intimate letter and one which captures the desire of a man detained by prison to prepare his young protege for ministry.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012 | John Bayles | Go Into All The World: Looking for Showers, Content with Raindrops (Psalms 126:1-6)

Can you recall those first days of your spiritual birth; those moments and days when your heart was awakened by Jesus? The Word was alive and near, worship was thrilling, prayer was like breathing. Do you sometimes look back to some former day and say, "I so deeply long to return to those days!" Or, "Lord bring those days again!" This is the cry of the psalmist and the congregation of saints who neared Jerusalem each year and sang the Songs of Zion (the Psalms of Ascent). Today's text reaches into the depths of our longing to experience again or anew the times of refreshing. As the text states, "Then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongues with singing." And in response to these emotions the cry continues, "Turn again our captivity, O Lord."