The theme for the Spring 2011 Bible conference in Phoenix is found both at the beginning and end of the book (1Ti 1:18, 1Ti 6:12). In each reference, different words and phrases are used. In the first, Paul speaks of the good fight of faith as an ongoing campaign, thus reminding us that we are part of a vast and great spiritual army. In the last, his words focus on our own personal struggle, a good reminder that no one can fight our battle for us. This scope and intensity will be captured as we follow Paul’s thought through the book.


Gene Cunningham - April 15, 2011

Fight the Good Fight #2

Fight the Good Fight #2

Recommended books: "Back to Faith" by Fred Lybrand; "Chosen but Free" by Norman Geisler. "Godly edification" is spiritual growth that results in conformity to Jesus Christ; anything else being taught is just blather (1Ti 1:3-6). "Sound doctrine" makes you spiritually healthy (1Ti 1:7-11). Battle lines: Timothy stands with Paul and those who have sound doctrine (1Ti 1:5, 1Ti 1:10, 1Ti 1:11). Judiazers used the law unlawfully (1Ti 1:5-8, Rom 8:1-4, Gal 3:10-13, Gal 3:21-21). The purpose of the law is to show an unbeliever the standard of God and how we fall short and to  point us to the solution: salvation by Grace through faith. Paul covers the ten commandments in 1Ti 1:9-11. Paul identifies five of God's undertakings on his behalf (1Ti 1:12-17): (1) God gave Mercy; (2) God gave exceeding abundant Grace; (3) God enabled Paul by giving the spiritual gift of apostleship (1Co 12:7); (4) He counted Paul faitful (because He made Paul capable of being faithful); (5) God put him into the ministry (Gal 1:15). Jesus Christ came to save and not to judge (1Ti 1:15, Joh 3:17). Paul evaluates himself from a Biblical perspective ("the least" 1Co 15:9, "less than the least" Eph 3:8, "chief of sinners" (1Ti 1:15). There's only one way up in God's economy and that is down (Mat 18:1-4). It's God's work to put him into the ministry. God provides everything needed for that ministry. There is no excuse for failure. 

Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE

Scripture References: Romans 8:1-4, Matthew 18:1-4, Titus 3:8, Ephesians 3:8, Ephesians 6:12-18, John 3:17, Acts 16:1-3, Galatians 1:15, Galatians 3:21, Galatians 3:10-13

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