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November 10, 2015

Tuesday

 

1 Timothy 3:15

 

 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul evidently was thinking of the local church when he spoke of it as a “household” and as a pedestal. The local church is a family of believers. It should, therefore, conduct its corporate life as a family rather than as a business, a country club, an entertainment center, a military group, or some other organization.

 

This metaphor served to elevate the community of believers as the ‘location’ of God’s presence on earth. The church has become His base of operation in the world.” Each local church supports the witness of each believer in it, and holds that testimony up before the world in which untruth abounds. Paul did not elaborate how it does this here, though the models suggested by the terms “shepherd” (“pastor”), “elder,” “overseer,” and “deacon” provide some clues. What the believer proclaims is the “truth,” the whole truth that God has revealed in His Word, but especially God’s redemptive plan centered on Jesus Christ.

 

Memory Verse” 1 Corinthians 12:27

 

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