everyone ought to be a scribe

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”Hebrews 12:2 (NIV84) I love the imagery in this scripture: Jesus as the author of our faith. In ancient times, scribes were important. Their job was to listen to the author and record their words. The letter belonged to the author, but it was the scribe who …

Bible Study Guide: 1 Timothy Chapter 2

#1. Read 1 Timothy chapter 2, make a note of anything that is confusing, convicting or encouraging for you personally. #2. Paul uses four different words to describe prayer: petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving. Why, what point is he making? #3. How many times is the word ALL used? What is Paul’s point? #4 What does it look like for …

On Responsibility, my conversation with Max

Max, my oldest son, turned 13 yesterday, on September 11. We took a short walk so we could have what I hoped would be a significant conversation. “What does it mean to grow up, to become a man?” He answered quickly, I was surprised: “It means I am responsible, responsible for myself.” “EXCELLENT! What is that responsibility? What does that …

Bible Study Guide: 1 Timothy Chapter 1

Background Information Acts 19: Paul in Ephesus EPHESUS efʹə-səs [Gk. Ephesos—‘desirable’]. An important seaport city of the Roman province of Asia. In the NT it is mentioned in Acts 18:19–28; 19:1, 17–20; 20:16f.; 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8; 1 Tim. 1:3; 2 Tim. 1:18; 4:12; Rev. 1:11; 2:1. (Ephesus. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised.) Read 1 Timothy chapter 1. How …

Finding wisdom, gaining understanding

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding. (Proverbs 3:13) I have five kids and I love being a dad. My biggest responsibility, as I understand it, is that they would discover God’s perfect design for their lives. A big part of their individual design means growing in wisdom and understanding. I’m not interested in impressing on them …

What Does It Mean To Disciple Others?

A short time ago, I had a conversation with a small group leader who wanted to be better at discipling her group. I love the heart behind this! It’s a great thing when a leader wants to improve their skills. When I served at Saddleback Church, I heard Rick Warren say a million times: leaders are learners, as soon as …