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Apr 26, 2020

Saved by God’s Grace

Saved by God’s Grace

Passage: 1 Timothy 1:12-20

Speaker: Dir. Ryan Shannon

Series: The Blueprint for Building God’s Church

Category: Church-Life

Paul begins to battle false teaching through his personal witness. His strength for ministry didn’t come from within, rather it welled up from the Lord who found him faithful, appointing him a minister of the gospel. But that isn’t who he always was, he begins to recall his tumultuous past as a blasphemer, persecutor and insolent opponent of the early church. That is until he experienced the overflowing grace and love of Jesus Christ on the Damascus road (Acts 9). His personal witness and ministry now focused on what Jesus Christ came into the world to do, and that is to save sinners of whom Paul said, “he was the foremost.” (1st Tim. 1:15). In concluding his personal testimony, he ascribes his adoration towards God, calling him “immortal, invisible, the only God.” Because of Timothy’s personal testimony, he was charged to wage the good warfare against false teaching in Ephesus. By holding the faith and keeping a good conscience, because those who don’t, swerve from the truth shipwreck their faith and potentially the faith of those around them. There is a powerful application here, we are reminded how significant our personal witness is to the doctrines in the church because belief will always affect behavior.