God’s Plan for Order in the Church: Part 9

Posted by on May 3, 2009 in Rev. Serven

Text: 1 Timothy 3:14-16

We come today to one of the central passages of Paul’s first letter to Timothy. In this brief text we see some very interesting things, such as a colorful description of the 1st Century church (i.e. it is “a pillar and buttress of truth”), and even an ancient hymn from the early church that summarizes its doctrine on the person and work of Jesus Christ (see vs. 16). Moreover, we must grapple with an intriguing phrase from verse 15: “how one ought to behave in the household of God”. Sadly, American Christians are all about declaring their autonomy from everyone else. Mutual accountability and commitment are almost strange and unfamiliar concepts in our modern world. But, that is exactly what Paul is urging Timothy to emphasize in his ministry at Ephesus—that we are not ‘free agents” who are disconnected from our fellow Christians, but members of the “household of God”. This is a high and privileged position that we should all appreciate and enjoy!