The ministry of deacons in the church supports and complements that of elders. In Paul’s list of qualifications for deacons, the focus is again on character rather than tasks.
About Robert Solomon
Robert M. Solomon served as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000-2012. He now has an active itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching in Singapore and abroad. He is the author of 19 books, including The Race, The Conscience, The Sermon of Jesus and Faithful to the End.
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More people could be convinced of the gospel’s truth if the behaviour of Christians corresponded with their beliefs.
Paul continues to discuss Christian behaviour that will help to convince people outside the church of the truth and power of the gospel.
Mahatma Gandhi told Dr E. Stanley Jones, a missionary to India, that he had no problem with the Christ of Christianity; his problem was with Christians. He observed that many of them did not live according to the teachings of Christ.
This epistle begins and ends with Paul’s charge to Timothy. Paul begins by urging Timothy to correct the false teachings and to deal effectively with those who were spreading such dangerous doctrines in the church. He concludes by instructing his spiritual son to watch his own life and doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16).
The sound doctrine of the gospel of Christ produces wonderfully transformed lives. Paul himself was a marvellous example.
We are not sure what the false teachers were teaching in Ephesus, but from what Paul writes, we can guess that it could have had something to do with Old Testament law. They promoted themselves as teachers of the law
Paul had left Timothy behind in Ephesus to provide leadership in the church as his representative. There were things to be sorted out. One of the emerging problems was the presence of dubious teachers in the church.
In all of his 13 epistles in the New Testament, Paul begins with a salutation—a standard practice in his day. The writer and recipient are identified and a greeting is added.
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