ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT
God can do all things that are consistent with His character. God is all powerful.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements?
Praise God for His Omnipotence
He created from nothing. He sustains the world with no help or effort. He does the impossible. He has saved you and by his hand rescued you from a life of bondage to sin. Speak words of thanks and praise to him for his mighty power.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for those in your life far from God. Ask God to speak to them. Ask God to enable you to build trust and to have opportunity to share the gospel with them.
1 Timothy 5 – Christian Standard Bible
Don’t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters with all purity.
The Support of Widows
3 Support widows who are genuinely in need. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn to practice godliness toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God. 5 The widow who is truly in need and left all alone has put her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers; 6 however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7 Command this also, so that they will be above reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own family, especially for his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 No widow is to be enrolled on the list for support unless she is at least sixty years old, has been the wife of one husband, 10 and is well known for good works—that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints’ feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when they are drawn away from Christ by desire, they want to marry 12 and will therefore receive condemnation because they have renounced their original pledge. 13 At the same time, they also learn to be idle, going from house to house; they are not only idle, but are also gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t say. 14 Therefore, I want younger women to marry, have children, manage their households, and give the adversary no opportunity to accuse us. 15 For some have already turned away to follow Satan. 16 If any believing woman has widows in her family, let her help them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it can help widows in genuine need.
Honoring the Elders
17 The elders who are good leaders are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.”
19 Don’t accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. 20 Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will be afraid. 21 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism. 22 Don’t be too quick to appoint anyone as an elder, and don’t share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23 Don’t continue drinking only water, but use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 24 Some people’s sins are obvious, preceding them to judgment, but the sins of others surface later. 25 Likewise, good works are obvious, and those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden.
The mission of the church is the “Great Commission.” We are to make disciples of the nations. We are to teach people to obey all that Christ has told us to obey. There are many important support functions that feed this great mission. We must take care of one another and those outside the church as best we can. We must work jobs, raise children, do recreation. We must enjoy friendship and gardens and meals and worship together. So many things are vitally important to thrive as humans. Yet, the great mission of the church (Christians) is the “Great Commission” of Christ. Please remember this today. Not to inspire guilt but to motivate action. The action of prayer. Pray for people who are far from God. The action of friendship building. Build trust relationship bridges for the gospel. The action of sharing the gospel. We must cross over those friendship bridges and verbalize the good news of Jesus. People need Jesus. We need to make Jesus known to people.