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Suggested Devotional Reading for Tuesday, June 30:
Psalm 63:1-8 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Series: Facing Jesus
Text: I Timothy 4:11-16
Paul’s advice to Timothy in this section comes down essentially to one phrase: “Put these things into practice” (I Timothy 4:15). If we aren’t living out our faith then what we say has little meaning. Even our involvement in church or other Christian groups isn’t significant if it doesn’t carry over into our day to day lives. The Christian life for Paul is a balancing act. We need to be examples of faith in Christ, not in any superior way but in a way that demonstrates humility, hope and love. We don’t need to defend ourselves or give in to any fears of criticism or rejection. We need to be encouraging one another. This is one reason Paul is so opposed to quarrels, controversy and dissension (I Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 3:8-11; Ephesians 4:31). Finally we have to be prepared to evaluate our own actions, lives and beliefs. Paul acknowledges that the gospel itself is controversial. However, we do not possess the gospel. The gospel possesses us. Others, believers and non-believers, need to see that in our lives.
Read The Epistle to the Ephesians using study guides prepared by Paul Leggett.
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The Epistle to the Ephesians
June 3, 2015
Paul in this chapter is offering nothing less than a blueprint, a model of the church not as it is but as it should be. Paul affirms again and again the unity of the church. The unity however is not an end in itself. It is the result of focusing on the truth which is in Jesus alone. Paul mentions the theme of truth several times throughout this chapter (vv. 15, 21, 24, 25). This truth stands over against the darkened futility of the world which is simultaneously a danger and a mission for the church.