9 Nov 2014: “Fight the Good Fight” (1 Tim 1:1-19)

Nov 09, 14 9 Nov 2014: “Fight the Good Fight” (1 Tim 1:1-19)

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By: Senior Pastor Alan Ang

The aged Apostle Paul was in prison in Rome when he wrote to Timothy to encourage him to continue his mission.  He sent greetings : Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus the Lord.
Grace is “God’s riches at Christ’s expense”.  Grace for every need.  Grace is God’s voluntary and loving favour given to those He saves.  We can’t earn salvation nor do we deserve it.  Without God’s grace, no person can be saved.

Mercy – for every failure.  “In His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Grace and mercy are God’s love in action.

Peace – for every circumstances.  Jesus said “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid: (John 14 : 27).
We all need Grace, Mercy and Peace.  We can have them if we come boldly before the Throne of Grace.

God is the source of Grace, Mercy, Peace and Blessings.  It is to Him we owe our lives and obedience.

Paul sent Timothy as his personal representative to Ephesus during a difficult time.  The church at Ephesus had been plagued with false doctrine.  The false teachers were motivated by their own interest.  In many churches today, the pulpits are places of entertainment, not enlightenment and enrichment.

So Paul told Timothy to fight the good fight, holding on to the faith and a good conscience (1 Tim 1 : 18 – 19).

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with
great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim. 4 : 2).

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