by Jeff Strite

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Is Jesus In Here? (4 of 4)
Series: 3:16 and Jesus
Jeff Strite
I Timothy 3:14-16

OPEN: 5 year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn't want to go alone.
"It's dark in there and I'm scared."
She asked again and he persisted. Finally she said, "It's OK-Jesus will be in there with you."
Johnny walked slowly to the door and opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to turn around - when suddenly an idea came to him. He opened the door again - peaked inside - and said: "Jesus, if you're in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup."

APPLY: The question for little Johnny was this: "Was Jesus there?"

I. The apostle Paul had written a personal letter to a young preacher named Timothy and basically told him to make sure JESUS WAS "THERE" at the church he served.

Timothy was told to be sure to:
• "devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching." 1 Timothy 4:13
• He was NOT to permit "false doctrines" or "controversies" in the church
• Instead he was to make sure that the people lived "peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." I Timothy 2:2
• that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone" I Tim. 2:1
• Paul wrote about how men should behave themselves. How women should conduct themselves. How young men and young women should treat other people.

And then Paul wrote in I Timothy 3:14-15 "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."

In other words, if the church that Timothy served followed the instructions in Paul's letter they would truly be a church that honored God. And Jesus would be "there."

II. But there's a mystery here
Right after Paul ...

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