As One Approved

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Timothy knew the theological parameters of the gospel. He ministered side by side with the apostle Paul for many years. He had witnessed Paul minister in a number of difficult circumstances, but now with Paul’s impending death, Timothy would be left to carry on without him. Paul loved Timothy and wanted to encourage him to stand against the false teaching of the day. Most important in that stand was for Timothy to know that God was standing with him and that he could rely on His power. But Paul also knew the importance of how a man of God presented himself, and in chapter two of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he expressed to Timothy the things that were to characterize a man of God. Continue reading

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The Model Prayer

“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9) 

Throughout His ministry, Jesus taught his disciples many things, among them, how to pray. He also modeled for them a life devoted to prayer. As the disciples forged forward in their Christian faith and stewardship over the early church, prayer was an essential element. In Matthew 6:5-15, contained in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught on the issue of prayer. In verses 9-13, He offered a model for prayer. This prayer, with six specific petitions helps put the proper perspective on what prayer should be. As Jesus began, He began by saying, “Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven…  Continue reading