Dear God, I pray for those who do not know the truth to encounter Your grace in a real way. Bring many who are lost to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!
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Dear God, protect the gospel of Jesus Christ and may I never allow it to be compromised!
Dear God, thank you for offering salvation to anyone who will confess their sin and believe in salvation through Jesus Christ who died, was buried, and rose again the third day!
Dear God, may I guard the truth about salvation by rejecting any other teaching that is contrary to Your word. Thank you for the law which exposes my sin, but also for providing forgiveness and mercy through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Timothy’s mother was a Jew and his father was Greek making him a perfect candidate to minister as a missionary with Paul to both cultures. Timothy came to salvation under Paul’s ministry in Lystra during his first missionary journey (Acts 14:6-23) and when he returned to Lystra he chose Timothy to go with him because the people of Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him (Acts 16:1-3). At this time, Timothy was very young (probably a teenager or young adult). He began ministering in many churches in the place of Paul and this letter was penned while Timothy was pastoring the church at Ephesus (1 Timothy 1:3). Having written this letter after his release from imprisonment in Rome, Paul had ministered in many cities including Ephesus but had left Timothy there in order to provide some stability and guidance to the struggling church. Issues such as false doctrine, weak leadership in the church, misconduct in worship, and apathy had crept into the church and Paul wanted Timothy to confront it head on. Sprinkled throughout the letter, Paul writes practical instructions for pastoring as well as important doctrinal truths for Timothy to grasp. This letter is meant to assist Timothy in being an effective pastor who instructs and teaches the church to mature in their faith.