Part and Partner - Reflections
September 19, 2018 | Didi Bacon
The text for the message this past Sunday was 1 Timothy chapter 3 verses 14 through 16.
Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:14-16 (NIV)
I wonder why Paul wrote these words to Timothy to share with the church at Ephesus? It seems to me that Timothy and the church were dealing with a crisis of confidence. A doubt in what they were taught by the Apostle in regards to their place in God’s family. Maybe it was because they had lost sight of the truth that they were members of the church of Jesus Christ by faith. Maybe they started to believe that they had to deserve membership of God’s household. Maybe they needed to be reminded that being the church is a gift underserved and a responsibility unearned. Maybe they needed to be refocused on the purpose of God, that church is God’s plan A for the redemption of the world. That the members of the church are called to be a part and a partner in the work of God.
We like the Ephesian have to be reminded not to take up a low view of the church. The church is not a building. The church is not a snooty-judgmental-members-only club. The church is not a show or an event. 1 Timothy 3:16 - 17 tells us that church is the family or household of God, the community of the called by the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth, the way Jesus will save the world. The church is a place where we can belong as a part and as a partner. Let’s not go to church once a week. Let's commit to being the church every day!