Take 5 (Aug 28 – Sept 1, 2017)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts

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MONDAY: Promoting God

1 Timothy 1:1-7 

Controversies are all around us, and sometimes we get pulled—or even pushed—into them. Controversies do not promote the paramount quality exemplified by Christ: love!

As believers in Jesus, we are to be promoters of God’s love. Love is to be a part of our everyday life and should be something that people notice. Think of it like advertising. How well do you promote (or advertise) Christ? Do people notice the love of God in your life?

Challenge: Be a promoter of God’s love today!

TUESDAY: When People Meet Jesus

1 Timothy 1:12-14; Acts 9:1-19 

When people meet Jesus, amazing things happen to people, and the Apostle Paul is no exception. In these verses, Paul counts it a blessing and a privilege that God would use him in proclaiming the truth of who Jesus is. He recalls who he was before Christ: …I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man.  Acts 9 records how Paul met Jesus and went from persecutor to promoter, from enemy to friend, and from sinner to saved. Can I get an “Amen!”? When people meet Jesus, amazing things happen. Have you met Jesus?

Take a moment to remember when you met Jesus and thank Him for saving you. 

WEDNESDAY: When People Follow Jesus

1 Timothy 1:15-17

It is really interesting to look at before and after pictures of restorations and renovations. The changes that take place in those situations are exciting. Even more exciting than those changes is the change that happens in someone who places his or her trust in Jesus Christ.  When people choose to follow Jesus, they are changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, the old has gone; the new has come. How has Jesus changed you? How is He changing you?

Ask Jesus to make you more like Him.

THURSDAY: When God’s People Pray

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving are essential to maintaining a healthy walk with our Lord. If we are not actively approaching the throne of grace, we are starving ourselves spiritually. We are not communicating with the Source of our strength, hope, joy, and help when we do not pray. The point is that we should be actively participating in prayer “for everyone.”

One specific thing that we should be praying for is our leaders. Yes, it is in the Bible. We are to pray for our leaders! Paul wrote, This is good and pleases God our Savior. The heart of God desires all to come to know Jesus as Savior. Are we concerned for the spiritual well-being of our leaders and of those in authority over us?

Take some time and pray for the spiritual well-being of our country’s leaders.

FRIDAY: Jesus, Our Mediator

1 Timothy 2:5-7

Jesus is our mediator. He has bridged the gap between God and mankind through His death on the cross and through His glorious resurrection three days later (insert The Hallelujah Chorus here!). How amazing is that?! Through Christ, we have forgiveness. Through Christ, we have access to God.

Through Christ, we have freedom from the bondage and slavery of sin. And through Christ, the insurmountable debt of our sin is paid in full. Truly, there is no other name on earth, in heaven, or in the great vastness of the universe that can compare to the glorious name of Jesus. Praise the name of Jesus!

Spend time thanking Jesus for being your mediator.