Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Life-Altering Principles ('Mentor' Series)

(my notes from Dr. Chris' Sunday morning effort, 2/10/12)

1 Timothy 2: 1-8

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, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

1. God Wants Everyone To Be Savedvs. 4 "(God) who wants all to be saved..."
vs. 2 -- asks prayers even for Nero, who'd killed Christians, and prayers for leaders everywhere, including in Ephesus where Timothy was pastor.

Understanding God's Will
1. God's Absolute will -- all will die and face judgement, Christ will return, etc
2. God's Permissive will -- do i have mustard or ketchup? you can decide!
3. God's Perfect will -- our choices, where we respond to him or now

2. Salvation is Found only In Christvs. 5 -- "there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ

Christ must be RECEIVED...
John 1:12: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children ...
Rev 3:20 -- Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me...

3. He Paid the Full Price for Our Sins

vs. 6

4. What Do We Need To Do?a. let these soak in from our heads to our hearts
b. Pray a lot for people (vs. 1 -- "FIRST, PRAY...")
c. Make sure you've crossed the bridge, come to an 'experienced knowledge (v 4) of the truth...