One Dozen Ways

As we wrap up our series on the pastoral letters this week, it is helpful to consider some of the truths that Paul taught Timothy and Titus throughout his writings. These are not only things that are important for ministers and church leaders. They are truths that can help all followers of Christ in their efforts to be more like Him.
When I think of ministers who minister to other ministers, one of the first names that comes to mind is John Dobbs. John is the Preaching Minister at the Forsythe Avenue Church of Christ in Monroe, Louisiana. Much like Paul, John does what he can to encourage ministers in their work and faith. In his thoughts below, John shares twelve things from 1 Timothy about how to live the life God has called us to live. As you read the list, just imagine what our families, churches, workplaces and communities might look like if we could improve in these twelve ways.     – Brian
In 1 Timothy Paul tells his young protégé to fight the good fight of faith. Throughout his letter there are many great teachings, but here are one dozen ways Timothy could fight the good fight of faith. This is not just advice for a young preacher, it is divine revelation for a life that exalts Christ and defeats the devil!
  • Live under submission to the command or will of God (1:1).
  • Find your strength in the Lord, not in yourself (1:15-16).
  • Glorify God in your life and with your words (1:17).
  • Remember what you’ve learned (1:18, 19a).
  • Never neglect your prayer life (2:1-4).
  • Train yourself in godliness (4:7b-10).
  • Be an example for others to follow (4:12-13).
  • Pay attention to your life, it matters (4:16).
  • Be content (6:6b – 8).
  • Avoid the deadly trap of loving money (6:9-10).
  • Pursue the right things (6:11).
  • Never give up (6:12-16).
Fight the good fight of faith!

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