Sun, 25 September 2016
September 18, 2016
National Back to Church Sunday, September 18, 2016
Now’s the Time
Now’s The Time
1 Timothy 2:3-6
Synopsis: Today we are celebrating Michael Burleson and Marley’s safe return from four-week long mission trip to Benin. They have some amazing stories to tell about the good things God is doing. Of course, there is much more to be done.
My sermon text today is from s1 Timothy 2:1-7, but before I get to that text I will be reading from Jeremiah 8:20-9:1. It is just one of Jeremiah’s laments. In this portion of Scripture, you will hear the echoes of the cries of the people which set the framework for his weeping. I hope that Jeremiah’s lament will set the context for the reading of the text.
Paul’s opening word to Timothy and for the church today is “pray for all people.” It is a sincere pray believers are to offer to God. It is a humble prayer that is “good and pleases God our Savior.” We don’t have to convince God of people’s need to be saved. We just need to catch up with the heart of God in the matter knowing that Jesus Christ has already paid the price of reconciliation.
Paul knew the role God had laid out for him to play in the ongoing work of reconciliation. He felt no need to exaggerate that role. What he had to do was act on it. “Now’s the Time!” for believers to act on it too. Now’s the time to weep and mourn for those in life who may be coming to the end of their summer and yet are not saved. Now’s the time for all those who are not saved to respond to what God in Christ Jesus is telling them they need to do. Now’s the Time!
Scripture Reading: Psalm 113:1-3