Gene Cunningham - April 15, 2011
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]
From Series: "1st Timothy - Fight the Good Fight - Phoenix Arizona 2011"
Fight the Good Fight' was given in Phoenix AZ 2011.