• First Timothy Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:1-2

    Take time to read through the letter of 1 Timothy in preparation for our study over the next few months. Consider the problems and issues Paul discusses in this letter and how they manifest themselves in the church today. Ask the Lord to apply the message of the epistle to your specific circumstances by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray that your heart would be ready to receive the truth of His Word. View Resource

  • The Practical Syllogism Devotional

    1 Timothy 1

    Take the one area in your life that you selected yesterday and apply the practical syllogism. Once again, look up passages that deal with this subject. Use these verses to write the first premise. Then prayerfully examine your own life. Write down the second premise and formulate a conclusion. What does the conclusion tell you? View Resource

  • Ethics for Situations Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:3–11

    How do you define what love is? Do you look to whatever “feels like love,” bowing to pressure from your friends and family? Maybe television, movies, or magazines determine what love is for you? Take some time today and meditate on 1 John 2:28–3:10 so that you can better understand how love and righteousness are inseparably related. Spend time in fellowship this week with a godly couple so that your resolve to follow God’s law might be strengthened. View Resource

  • A Solemn Charge Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:3-4

    John Calvin writes that those doctrines that “contribute to edification may be approved, and that those which give ground for unprofitable disputes may be rejected as unworthy of the church of God.” Though some find it a lot of fun to argue over minor tenets, causing strife over disputed matters while ignoring the essentials of the Christian faith is no good for anyone. Are your studies focused on the basic, soul-sustaining truths of the Bible? View Resource

  • Love, the Christian’s Goal Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:5

    What is your goal when you sit under biblical teaching? Is it to be equipped with knowledge for the sake of knowledge, or do you hope that your learning will make you more loving to God and neighbor? We are no better than the false teachers who were in Ephesus if we are not using the instruction we receive to serve the Lord and other people. As you study Scripture, always ask yourself what the passage is telling you about loving God and neighbor. View Resource

  • Ignorant and Vain Discussion Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:6-7

    Matthew Henry says, “Mere talk, especially in religion, is meaningless, and yet many people’s religion consists of little else but meaningless talk.” Is your practice of the Christian religion tied up in endless talk on peripheral matters, or is it the pure and undefiled religion of James 1:27, which calls us to visit widows and orphans and to keep ourselves pure. This month, help a group that helps the needy, perhaps through a donation. Always stand firm against evil. View Resource

  • The Goodness of the Law Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8

    Matthew Henry reveals one of the lawful uses of the Torah when he says that “the law is still very useful as a rule of life.” Paul will point us to the Law as a guide to ethical behavior (Eph. 6:1–3), provided that we always remember that we can keep the Law only in the power of the Spirit and do not use it as a way to get right with God. Pray that you would love the Law and make sure you turn to it when you are facing difficult choices. View Resource

  • The Restrainer Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8–10

    John Calvin says that those who obey our Father’s law only out of fear of punishment “are neither better nor more righteous before God” (Institutes, 2.7.10). Only Christians are able to please the Lord in the doing of His Law because only we have been given hearts able to follow Him out of the sheer joy of doing so. As we grow in holiness we should be serving Him with gladder and gladder hearts. Do you serve the Lord with reticence, or are you happy to obey? View Resource

  • The Restraint of the Law Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:8–11

    People still sin inwardly under the restraining influence of the law, but the threats of the law do keep us from acting on many of our thoughts and thereby keep civil society alive. We should be grateful for this restraint and pray that the authorities would pay heed to God’s law so as to preserve a safe and orderly civil society. View Resource

  • The Law and the Lawless Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:9-10

    There are innumerable ways the Law is not used lawfully. Some try to find a secret code by counting letters and numbers. Some try to base a weight-loss program on the food laws in the Torah. Others read the Law’s promises to Israel apart from the New Testament and look for today’s headlines to match what it predicts or says. Do you read the Law properly? Look to it today to see where you have fallen short and repent so that you might see the truth. View Resource

  • The Gospel of God’s Glory Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:11

    Matthew Henry writes, “Much of the glory of God appears in the works of creation and providence, but much more in the gospel, where it shines in the face of Jesus Christ.” True preaching of the gospel must include news of the Lord’s holiness, justice, and grace, and if any of these are left out, then the glory of God is obscured because His character is not fully declared. Are you equipped to present these attributes of God when you share the gospel? View Resource

  • God’s Hyper-Plentiful Grace Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:12-14

    How often do we take the time to meditate upon and exalt the hyper-plentiful grace of our Lord? Because of His absolute perfection, God’s grace is by definition hyper-plentiful when He condescends to redeem imperfect people. Consider today some of the ways the grace of God has been evident in your life both in your conversion and in subsequent periods when you have been forgiven your sin. Take time to magnify our Father today for His mercy. View Resource

  • The Saving Purpose of Christ Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:15-16

    John Calvin writes, “The more any one is oppressed by his sins, let him the more courageously betake himself to Christ, relying on this doctrine, that he came to bring salvation not to the righteous, but to ‘sinners.’” God’s saving purpose is at the same time the most basic element of the gospel and the most profound. Have you fully embraced the Lord’s desire to save sinners through Jesus Christ? Have you declared this purpose to others? View Resource

  • The One and Only God Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:17

    In our day, many people find true monotheism offensive. In confessing only one God, we are saying not only that He is our God but that He is the God of all people whether they want Him to be their God or not. There is much cultural pressure to deny this truth, but it is an essential tenet of the Christian faith, so we must be firm that the God in whom we trust is the God whom all people must trust. View Resource

  • Theology and Doxology Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:17

    It is very easy to sing hymns in the church without paying attention to what the words are saying about God. As we offer praise to the Lord each Sunday we should also consider what it is we are saying about Him in order that we might glorify Him with understanding and learn even more about Him as we honor Him. Let us think on the lyrics of the songs, hymns, and spiritual songs at our churches as we sing them, and may we praise the Lord with all that we are. View Resource