Monday, October 09, 2006

1 Tim 6:3-12, 17-19 Outline for Sunday 15 Oct

Here's an outline for this week's scripture. You can always click TM for the passage in The Message .

  • 3. If anyone:
    • a. teaches false doctrines
    • b. does not agree to words of Jesus
    • c. does not agree with godly teaching
  • 4. Then he's a big, ugly dummy
    • a. Unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in: stuff
  • 5. Constant friction between men of corrupt mind
    • a. they've been robbed of the truth
    • b. they think godliness is a way to make money
  • 6. But godliness with contentment is really good
  • 7. We came into the world with nothing, and we'll take out nothing
  • 8. Food and clothing are enough
  • 9. People who want to get rich are vulnerable
  • 10. The love of money is the root of many evils
    • a. it has led some astray from their faith
  • 11. But make sure you run, don't walk, away from all this
    • a. instead pursue these:
      • 1) righteousness
      • 2) godliness
      • 3) faith
      • 4) love
      • 5) endurance
      • 6) gentleness
  • 12. Fight to seize and hold on to the faith (God-given)
    • a. Remember how you came to faith (God-given), and who was there with you

  • * * *

  • 17. Tell the rich to strip themselves of pride and self-sufficiency because of their money
    • a. which is here today and gone tomorrow
  • 18. Tell them to:
    • a. do good
    • b. help others
    • c. be generous and willing to share
  • 19. This is laying up treasure in heaven

From verses 17-19, I'm thinking that this is a model of how to lay up treasure in heaven. You take what is a big deal to you, in this case rich people and their money, and you turn that thing upside down – give it away, don't depend on it.

And notice, there are some rich people who aren't caught up in their money, but that doesn't let you off: it's still your big responsibility; it's still the area where you've really been gifted. You can't simply walk away from this stuff and say, "It's not important to me." You have to somehow turn it back over to God.

This is very reminiscent of David's confession before the Lord: "...for all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You." (1 Chr 29:14 (TM) )

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