A note from our Pastor

”From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;”

1 Timothy 1:6

Good Morning Dearly Beloved,

In our study verse this morning, the Apostle Paul continues to describe to Timothy and to the larger congregation at Ephesus the concerns he has regarding some who are engaged in false teaching. Keep in mind, this letter was written as an encouragement to Timothy in his efforts to mentor the pastors and teachers at Ephesus, but it was also written as a warning to the members of the congregation at Ephesus. Thus, the tone is both firm and loving.

In the prior verse, the Apostle has said the end, or the aim of the commandment is to exercise charity, or love in action, with a good conscience and with a true faith. The Apostle is reaffirming what Christ taught saying the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our might and the second is like unto the first. The second being to love our neighbor.

While the Apostle did not record all of the details regarding what the false teachers were putting forth we do know it was contrary to a spirit of charity. The Apostle describes their walk as having swerved and turned aside. Therefore, it is likely they were still getting aspects of the doctrine of Christ correct, but they were missing the love aspect of the doctrine. As a result, the teachings had become stiff, strict, and were causing divisions among the people.

In the book of John (John 4:23-24) we are told true worshippers of God must worship him in spirit and in truth because God is a spirit and they who worship him must be in the spirit and the truth. What does it mean to worship in the spirit? Is this talking in tongues or performing miracles? No, it means to worship God with the truth of his word but to do so with the intentions of humility, service, and love.

Many of God’s children, going all the way back to the days of the Apostle Paul, have been hurt because pastors and teachers got the truth aspect correct but forgot the love. When the church forgets the ultimate message of Jesus Christ is to love, forgive, and not condemn it puts an unbearable weight on the soul of the child of God which Christ never intended. As a church, let us seek to leave alone the things which would cause us to forget love, and instead seek to worship in truth and in spirit.

Our Prayers are with you daily,

Brother Jeremiah

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