READ: 1 Timothy 2:15
- This Christ-hymn [v16] lies at the heart of 1 Timothy. It occurs in the context of Paul sharing his desire to visit but not wanting to delay getting some key information about living in the church, which he refers to as the “household of God.” In fact, one of Paul’s favorite images for the church is the “household” image. The idea is family relationship.
- Three phrases come together in this text to describe the church. It is God’s household—the family. God is Father, Jesus is elder brother, we are siblings, co-heirs with Christ of God’s inheritance. It is the church of the living God—God’s people. This is not another Greek or Roman [or American] social gathering. This is the assembly of God’s chosen people. We are an organization, but that is not a sufficient description.
- And, the church is the pillar and buttress of the truth. These images are temple images and indicators of not only strength but impression. The pillars were columns holding the roof and the bulwarks are thought to be solid reinforcements for the walls and foundation. In any case, the church is the solid foundation for and the means by which the truth is elevated. We are responsible for the truth being visible in our world.
- How does your sense of family influence the way you think of being part of the church?
- Underline the three key images about the church found in verse 15.
- In what ways does Madison Park serve to protect and uphold the truth in our community?
PRAY: Commit yourself to being a faithful member of God’s family. Pray that we are faithful and effective in our elevating of the truth. Ask God to empower us to be faithful in our service of the people He brings to us.