By Adam Brown – This third instruction, that men are to lead in prayer without anger and quarreling, is directly related to the second instruction, that the church is to pray for all people. Notice the first three English words of 1 Timothy 2:8: I desire then. . . These three words indicate that the … More Instruction 3: Men, Pray without Anger or Quarreling
By Adam Brown – We find the first instruction to the church in 1 Timothy 1:3-20. This first instruction is that we teach the truth and refute bad doctrine. The second instruction to the church, is given in 1 Timothy 2:1-7: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made … More Instruction 2: Pray for All People
By Adam Brown – Personal Note I do not pretend this blog post to be air-tight or absolutely conclusive. I initially wrote it for myself as I made every effort to interpret 1 Timothy 2:4. I am sharing it with you so that you might gain insight into my interpretative efforts. I welcome interaction, so … More Does God will all people to be saved?
By Adam Brown – In the book of 1 Timothy, I have identified 16 individual instructions to the church to be independently implemented. The first of these instructions constitutes one sixth of the book. Thus, both its location at the head of the book and the length of its content indicate to us that this … More Instruction 1: Teach the Truth
By Adam Brown – Most Christians carry the assumption that every church-goer instinctively knows how we are supposed to behave in the church. Tragically, this very assumption has devastated many churches and forever ruptured the bonds of Christian fellowship. Different expectations and presumptions about the church, laced with varied personal preferences that are often distanced … More This Assumption Kills Churches
By Adam Brown – What is baptism? Baptism is the immersion in water of a Christian believer. Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize new believers in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). At Pentecost, Peter likewise exhorted the crowds to repent and be baptized in the Name of … More What does the Bible teach about Baptism?
By Adam Brown – Last night and this morning I received two pieces of tragic news. The first was that a 38-year-old man close to my family lost his arm in an accident at work. The second was that an athletic 35-year-old friend of mine, who was particularly close to my sister and her husband, … More The Clarity that Comes with Tragedy