Category: 1 Timothy

Where Bad Theology Comes From

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared”(1 Tim. 4:1–2). The world is full of bad theology. On television a preacher of prosperity says, “Be healed! Jesus died for your disease on the cross!” On the radio a teacher presents such a distorted view of Calvinism that it would cause the most stable Christian to doubt his or her salvation. In the magazines leading evangelicals are confused about whether justification comes by faith...

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The Great Mystery of Godliness

“He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. “(1 Tim. 3:16) The truth is not as true as it used to be. Sometimes it may even be falsehood. During one White House scandal, a prominent lawyer was asked if his client was telling the truth. “Tell us what the truth is,” the reporter demanded. “The truth is what is in that deposition,” answered the lawyer, “unless we make a deal with the prosecutor and say something else.” In other words, “the...

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Defining Deacons, Defining Christians

As we continue with our study on 1st Timothy here at Servants of Grace, I have the pleasure of defining for us the office and function of deacon as it relates to the local church. There is a lot of legalistic baggage with this office steeped in the traditions of men. Therefore, I think we should have a definition for deacon in order to ensure that we’re speaking the same language in a study like this. Here is my definition: Simply, the Greek noun, diakonos means “servant” or “minister” and is sometimes translated into the English word “deacon” as...

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The Gold Standard for Biblical Manhood: Striving for the Standard of Godliness and Holiness by God’s Grace

The Gold Standard for Biblical Manhood: Striving for the Standard of Godliness and Holiness by God’s Grace by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/mediafolder/TheGoldStandardforBiblicalManhoodStrivingfortheStandardofGodlinessandHolinessbyGodsGrace.mp3 If you would like to listen to me preach this passage you can listen above. I preached this sermon May 6th, 2017 at the Men’s Retreat at Camp Pinewood in McCall, Idaho to the men of my local church. The theme of the Retreat was Becoming A Man of God in the local church. Introduction As Christian men, we should all desire to grow in spiritual maturity and Christlikeness. We should all want to become what we are...

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What Paul Really Said about Women in the Church

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. (1 Tim. 2:11–12) When it comes to understanding biblical teaching about the role of women in the church, there seems to be danger on every side. First, there is the danger of controversy. Few issues have brought more division in recent years than the role of women in the church. Entire denominations have either split or formed over the question of women’s ordination. Second, there is the danger of letting...

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