Spiritual Responsibilities of Men and Women in Church (1 Timothy 2)

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

1 Tim current seriesWelcome back to our study of 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 2, where Paul gives instructions for public worship, emphasizing the importance of prayer and order in church meetings.

“Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” (1 Cor. 14:40) is a basic principle for the conduct of the ministry of the church. Apparently, young Timothy was having some problems applying this principle to the assemblies in Ephesus. The public worship services were losing their order and effectiveness because both the men and the women members of the church were disobeying God’s Word.

“The church is an organism,” a pastor told me, “so we shouldn’t put too much emphasis on organization. We should allow the Spirit to have freedom.”

“But if an organism is disorganized,” I quickly reminded him, “it will die. Yes, I agree we must permit the Spirit to…

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A Quick Update

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I know that it’s been a long time since I’ve written, so I figured a quick update was in order.

Let’s see…first of all, I FINALLY got my car back. The first time it went to the shop with a busted radiator and warped head (gasket? The top part of the motor, anyway). I got the car back and the very next day I was stranded on the side of the road again. This time, it was a broken crank shaft. When I got the car back earlier this month I was scared to death that it was going to break down again. I was even scared to go above 60 mph. The other day, however, I had a lot of running around to do, and was all over this city. Now I have a renewed faith that my car really is fixed. I still have to take it to…

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How To Stand When Everything Else Is Falling

There is a famous quote that says, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” I agree with that statement. It is becoming increasingly
harder to stand for anything that is absolute; which brings us to the question, what does it mean to stand?
First you must establish the premise, where does absolute truth come from, is there such a thing as absolute truth? If you believe there is a God, and that he is the one who establishes truth, then you can surmise that truth begins with God.
When Jesus stood before Pilate and proclaimed that he (Jesus) was the truth, Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Pilate didn’t get it that the truth was staring him in the face.
The reason that establishing what is true is so important is because people throughout history have stood for things that were a lie. It is a terrible thing to be on the wrong side of a debate; especially when it is a matter of life and death: a matter of war or peace,immediate reward or your
eternal soul.
From the Bible, in the book of Daniel, there were three Hebrews who took a stand even when their lives were threatened. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego had a faith in God that was unwavering. I think they must have had an incredible love for God also. When the king gave them a chance to renounce their faith and save their lives, they refused.
The Hebrews said, Our God is able to deliver us, but if he doesn’t, we still won’t bow to your image. They were fully committed to God. and proclaimed ; we bow our knees to no one but God.
Ephesians 6:13 says,”Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all to stand, 14) Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth…
Truth is the premise for a Christian’s stand: if we stand for something that isn’t true, we will answer to God for it. And Jesus has called us to truth.
So in  reference to standing, the debates that are now raging throughout the world and the United States in particular ,such as abortion, same-sex marriage, abstaining from sexual relations until marriage will not be resolved by human wisdom or knowledge. If it is left to human beings to decide a moral issue, it will never be resolved. People by nature want to do what sounds or feels good; human flesh never wants to take the difficult path. But God has given us a guide that shows how to stand and keep our integrity in the process.
To be continued…