Hello and welcome back to 1 Timothy! While 1 Timothy certainly starts with leaving a bad taste in your mouth with some of Paul's most infamous words there is still blessing to be found in this letter which I believe you will experience today. As mentioned in the Bible Project video from yesterday this middle section is all about leadership in the church and what makes a good leader. As you read the scripture today think about the church leaders you've witnessed in your time at the church. (lay and clergy alike!) What made them good leaders? What made the bad leaders bad? What principles can you take from scripture and your experience in the church to be a leader in your family, workplace, and church? Further, while it's heavily implied that only men can be leaders in this specific reading we know from the study of other letters that women can be leaders too so don't be discouraged! :)
Lastly, we'll have another opportunity to read the Bible together live tonight. Keep an eye out for the link sent by way of email and we'll see you at 6! If you would like to be added to that list please leave a comment here on the blog or email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
According to Paul, what makes a good leader? What makes a bad leader?
Paul encourages Timothy saying "don't let anyone think less of you because you are young." What are the pro's and con's of someone younger and more inexperienced ?
Alrighty friends today's Bible Project video is about the Public Reading of Scripture. This video is a brilliant study in the evolution of the public reading of scripture and how that shapes our identity and carries on our story from generation to generation. Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired by it to be a liturgist in church one week! We would love to have new voices in the mix.
Praying the Hymns
our prayer for today is inspired by hymn 330 in our hymnal - Daw-Kee, Aim Daw-Ti-Taw which translates to "Great Spirit, Now I Pray." It originates from the Kiowa Native American tribe. Unfortunately I cannot find a single video of this anywhere on YouTube so I encourage you to read the lyrics to it in prayer and thanksgiving.
Great Spirit, now I pray to you, I pray now to you,
Great Spirit, hear me; my soul is weary,
now I pray that your spirit will dwell in me.