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Copr. Bruce N. Cameron, J.D., 1996.

LESSON 9 MINISTRY TO SERVANTS AND FALSE TEACHERS

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE 6TH AND LAST CHPT OF 1 TIM. LETS GET INTO IT.

I. MASTERS AND SERVANTS

(THE TEACHERS' HELPS HAVE A QUOTE FROM BILL BARCLAY THAT SURE SOUNDS RIGHT TO ME. HE SAYS THAT IF THE CHURCH IN PAUL'S TIME ENCOURAGED A SLAVE REVOLT IT WOULD HAVE WREAKED THE CHURCH, CAUSED MASS MURDER AND THE WHOLE THING WOULD HAVE FAILED. INSTEAD, CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES ENTERED THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE AND THEY ULTIMATELY DID AWAY WITH SLAVERY. HE SAYS YOU HAVE TO CHANGE HEARTS FROM WITHIN AND THINGS HAPPEN IN GOD'S TIME AND NOT OURS. THIS ADVICE IS VERY DEPENDANT UPON THE LOCAL SITUATION. IN PAUL'S TIME REBELLION BY THE JEWS WAS A VERY BIG ISSUE. JESUS TOOK MANY STEPS TO SHOW THAT HIS WORK WAS NONPOLITICAL AND NONTHREATENING TO THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT. PAUL DID THE SAME. I DO NOT THINK THAT IN A DEMOCRACY WE MUST NOT APPEAR TO BE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT, BUT THIS DOES NOT BAR US FROM ATTEMPTING CHANGE. CONSIDER THIS QUOTE FROM 1 TEST p. 201-202: WHEN THE LAWS OF MEN CONFLICT WITH THE WORD AND LAW OF GOD, WE ARE TO OBEY THAT LATTER, WHATEVER THE CONSEQUENCES MAY BE. THE LAW OF OUR LAND REQUIRING US TO DELIVER A SLAVE TO HIS MASTER, WE ARE NOT TO OBEY; AND WE MUST ABIDE THE CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATING THIS LAW.

II. FALSE TEACHERS (AGAIN) SKIP TO THE NEXT UNLESS NEED MORE TIME

III. CONTENTMENT

R. (IF WE NEED MORE TIME, I CAN'T IMAGINE IT, THEN GO OVER v.12-16. THE CONFESSION OF CHRIST IN FRONT OF PILATE IS MARK 15:2) IV. NEXT WEEK: AN NEW BOOK. READ TITUS 1: THE ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH.