The Household of God
Passage: 1 Timothy 3:14–16
Prayer for All Members Based on Pastor Jared’s Message, October 23, 2022 1 Timothy 3:14-16
The Household of God
Introduction: Paul explains why all that is included in his letter to Timothy is important: because of what the church is, and because of who the Savior of the church is.
The Rules of the House: The Purpose of Paul’s Writing (3:14-15a)
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God...
The purpose of this letter to Timothy is to tell us how to order and conduct ourselves as a local church. The church is the household of God and so it is vital for us to live in accordance with the rules God has given us for our good. The church is not our house, but God’s house.
Father, thank You that wherever we gather we are Your Church, Your people, Your family! Please help us always to display Your glory by living according to the firm foundation of Your Word.
The Vitality of the House: The Importance of the Local Church (3:15b)
...the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
Because the eternal God dwells within us, we are the church of the living God. Just as pillars hold the structure of a building together, the church helps hold the truth steady. It supports the truth and holds it up. The church’s function is not to advertise itself but to advertise and display the truth.
Father, our living God, thank You for giving us life and unity through faith in Your Son! Please help us to gather faithfully for worship and teaching, and to hold forth Your truth for all to see.
The Secret of the House: The Key to the Christian Life (3:16a)
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness...
Christ is the mystery of godliness. Only by faith in Him can we live the Christian life. Our works, prayers, missions, and pursuit of holiness are all rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Father, please help us always to pursue godliness by keeping our eyes on our Savior!
The Splendor of the House: The Glory of Christ (3:16b)
He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
In six phrases – three pairs of contrasting couplets – Paul describes the glory and supremacy of Christ:
His revelation: His incarnation in the flesh and His resurrection by the Spirit
His witnesses: Heavenly angels and earthly nations
His reception: His earthly following and His heavenly coronation
Let us look to the glorious Christ of this magnificent confession! Let us live in the light and incomparable power of our Savior!
Father, please lead Your church to confess together the greatness and glory of Jesus!