His Name is Jesus

TEACHING NOTES (PDF) OUTLINE (PDF) My wife and I have had five children, all boys. Before each one was born, we had lengthy discussions about their name. For every child, I made an argument to name him MAGNUS. It’s unique. It’s Latin for magnificent. His nickname could be Gnus (pronounced, Guh-nus) and everything would be awesome. Needless to say, I …

The McGill Family Christmas Pregame

A few years ago, I noticed a pattern developing on Christmas morning. The kids would wake up far earlier than I ever felt necessary … with more energy than I thought possible. After being dragged from my bed, we’d pause long enough for me to get a cup of coffee, and then my kids would descend upon their gifts with …

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 …

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 …

Safe Sins

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16. It isn’t easy to be a mature follower of Jesus. In the beginning of the faith, our spiritual struggles are so visible and visceral. The path to humility and faithful obedience is easy to discern because our pride is …

Choosing contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6) Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be …