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Sunday, April 5, 2009

ThE Point of All This

Our pastor, Scott Golike, has been leading us in learning from Scripture what it means to be the family of God—the Body of Christ. Several weeks back, he taught through 1 Cor 12-14 and is now teaching through 1 Timothy. We are learning why doctrine and community matters.

1 Timothy 1:3-5 “As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

I loved this quote from Scott regarding 1 Timothy 1:3-5:

“Love isn’t just hallmark cards and hearts and flowers-- that’s not what we are talking about here. Love is the hallmark of Christlikeness. And it is not just you or me—it’s us. The goal of putting a stop to this abhorrent teaching [myths and endless genealogies] is that we are seeking to become, together-- in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the character produced by the Spirit as He makes us loving--what Jesus is calling us to be as His people. That is, simply put the goal is that we would be that pure unwrinkled spotless Bride ready to walk the aisle.” (from today’s sermon: )

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