Be family

PREPARE Let’s imagine saying these words to our Christian brothers and sisters at church: ‘So let us learn how to serve and in our lives enthrone him, each other’s needs to prefer, for it is Christ we’re serving’ (Graham Kendrick © 1983 Thankyou Music). READ - 1 Timothy 5:1-16 Widows, elders and slaves 5 Do not…

Keep fit

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PREPARE Thank God for those in your church who can teach the Bible clearly and faithfully, and who show in their behaviour how they themselves have been changed by what God has said. READ - 1 Timothy 4:6-16 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister…

A tough climb

PREPARE Sing quietly or loudly one of your favourite Christian hymns or songs about how much God loves his people, including you. READ - Psalm 120A song of ascents.1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. 2 Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 3 What will he…

Stay strong

PREPARE The church is God’s family (‘household’, 1 Timothy 3:15). We’re close, dependent on our Father and on one another. Let’s name our closest ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ in the church, and thank God for them. READ - 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5Reasons for Paul’s instructions 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing to…

Keep grounded

PREPARE ‘Speak, Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on thee; hushed my heart to listen in expectancy’ (Emily Mary Crawford, 1864-1927). READ - 1 Timothy 3:8-138 In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.9 They must keep hold of the deep…

Be godly

PREPARE ‘Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do’ (1 Peter 1:15). Let’s confess anything not pleasing to God that has been weighing on our mind. READ - 1 Timothy 3:1-7Qualifications for overseers and deacons3 Here is a trustworthy saying: whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble…