Guidelines for Godly Living
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Timothy 6.3-12
August 6, 2007
You will find throughout the Bible several titles for the people of God. And every title describes the relationship we have with God. For instance .. we bear the title: "the salt of the world."
Matthew 5.13, "You are the salt of the earth." And as the salt of the earth .. we're to be slowing down decay around here. That's what salt does! It slows down decay! But as salt .. God also wants us adding flavor to our community. And if our community morally decays .. it will be our fault for not preserving it.
In Matthew 5.14, "You are the light of the
world." What a title! What a responsibility! We're to be so full of Jesus .. so full of the Holy Spirit .. that He shines through us! We're to be the light in a world that's living in the dark!
We find another title we bear in 1 Timothy chapter 6. Look there if you will for a few minutes this morning. The title is found in verse 11, "But you, O man of God .." It's found again in 1 Timothy 3.17, "that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Now .. it's one thing to be called "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world." But to be called a "man of God"? How do we live as a man of God? And by the way .. this title is for you ladies too! This word translated man (???????) speaks of belonging to man or mankind. The Bible says that we're all "in Adam." It has the idea of "mankind."
Now having said that ... is it possible for us to live as men and women of God? And if so .. then how do we do it? What are the Guidelines for Godly Living? Well .. that's what I want to talk to you about for a few minutes this morning:
"Guidelines for Godly Living"
1 Timothy 6.11-12
"But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called an ...
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