“One Mediator” (1 Timothy 2:1-15)

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 22, 2019

“One Mediator” (1 Timothy 2:1-15)

Our text this morning is a portion of the Epistle for this day, 1 Timothy 2, reading from verse 3 through verse 7, as follows: “God our Savior . . . desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle. . . .”

This has to be one of the most hated passages in the Bible in our day. Think of it: It boldly proclaims that there is only one mediator between God and men, and that it is the man Christ Jesus. That is just unacceptable! It is way too narrow for most people today. “One Mediator”?

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“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17)

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 11, 2016

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17)

Jesus receives sinners. Do you qualify? If so, great, I’ve got good news for you today. Or do you think you’re not that bad of a sinner? Well, in that case, you’re on your own. Good luck with that.

Jesus receives sinners. That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in our Gospel reading today, from Luke chapter 15. And when Jesus receives sinners, he rejoices over them, he rejoices that they’ve been found and brought back. And not only does Jesus receive sinners, and not only does he rejoice over them, he does one more thing. He restores these sinners to his service. That comes through in the Epistle reading for today, from 1 Timothy 1. And so our theme this morning: “Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners.”

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“Sound Doctrine: Law and Gospel” (1 Timothy 1:5-17)

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 15, 2013

“Sound Doctrine: Law and Gospel” (1 Timothy 1:5-17)

Today begins a series of weeks in which the Epistle comes from Paul’s two letters to Timothy. Paul we know, but who is this Timothy? Timothy was Paul’s younger assistant who often traveled with him and whom Paul would sometimes have oversee things in places while Paul was off elsewhere. This is the case when Paul writes this first letter to Timothy. Paul had gone off to Macedonia, and he had Timothy remain in the big city of Ephesus, in western Asia Minor. Ephesus was a very important city for the whole region. Paul had spent a lot of time there, building up the church and training leaders. And now he has left Timothy there to carry on the work.

So that’s what these pastoral epistles to Timothy are about: Paul’s instructions to his assistant as to what needs to happen there, the doctrine that is to be taught, the practices that should be followed, the corrections that need to be made, the encouragement that Timothy himself needs in carrying on his pastoral work. There is a lot here for both pastors and congregations to learn from. And so today we will learn, from the opening of Paul’s first letter to Timothy, the importance of “Sound Doctrine: Law and Gospel.”

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“Thanksgivings and Prayers for Our Nation” (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Day of National Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 22, 2012

“Thanksgivings and Prayers for Our Nation” (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Today we are observing the Day of National Thanksgiving. The purpose of this holiday is for all Americans to gather in their churches and give thanks to God for his many blessings on our land. That’s the reason this holiday exists. Other things have latched themselves onto Thanksgiving–football and Christmas shopping, for example–so that by now the actual purpose of this day has gotten lost in the shuffle. But the reason we have the day off is to go to church and give thanks to God for how he has blessed our nation. And so that is why we are here today.

Besides giving thanks to God for how he has blessed us, we also gather to pray to God, that he would continue to bless our country and to amend it where it has gone astray. We pray for the people of our land, that our culture and our way of life would be more honorable and upright. We pray for our country’s leaders, that they would govern well, in conformity with God’s laws. There is much to pray for.

Thanksgiving and prayer, both. That’s why we’re here today. And so our theme for this national holiday: “Thanksgivings and Prayers for Our Nation.”

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“Pray for Those in Authority: This Is Good and Pleasing” (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“Pray for Those in Authority: This Is Good and Pleasing” (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the reading today from 1 Timothy 2, St. Paul urges us to pray for kings and those who are in authority. He says this is good and is pleasing to God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. But what is the connection between the two, between praying for governmental authorities and this being pleasing to God, who wants all people to be saved? At first glance, there may not seem to be a connection. But there is.

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