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Set the example as His Temple!

Scripture reading for June 30th:   2nd Chronicles 5-7, Psalm 121, 1st Timothy 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 4:12-16 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.  Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.  Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  

Paul instructed Timothy about how to live as a pastor and lead a congregation as a younger leader.  Setting an example by how you lived your life and conducted your ministry was one of the keys to success.  The public reading of Scripture would help those who heard and the one who read to line up their lives with God’s Truth.  The practice of what was read was imperative.  Watchfulness of our personal conduct and our doctrine is a daily necessity.  Perseverance in these simple principles would bring salvation success personally and in the congregation.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your example of proclaiming Scripture and living it out consistently.  As Your temple, help me to set an example today and persist to the full salvation of all.

Psalm 121:8 “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

2nd Chronicles 7:16  “For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My Name may be there forever.  My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.”  

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Watch your life and doctrine!

Scripture reading for September 28th:  1st Timothy 4

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Timothy 4:12-16  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  

Disciples who over-come pay attention to the word of God and sound doctrine.  They don’t just teach and preach it, but live it out as an example for other believers and the world of the blessings of knowing God living in us.  We are all learning to do this each day and the climb is upward!  Progress will be evident as we persevere.  Good ministers read the Scriptures publicly because God’s word has power to transform and convict.  They preach the Gospel because it has the power for salvation to all who will believe.  They teach by word and example, wanting, along with their Lord Jesus, all to be saved!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers pay close attention to doctrine (sound teaching) and daily application in their own living.  “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.  He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his savior.”  (Psalm 24:3-5)

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