Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Faith (10)

"But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith," (I Timothy 1:5).

* In this verse the apostle Paul enumerates three areas of character which he wants to result from his teaching ministry: (a) purity of love; (b) clarity of conscience; and (c) sincerity of faith. The word "sincerity" carries the connotation of 'un-hypocritical'. There's to be no duplicity, no play-acting, no double-mindedness about our faith.
Like the man someone told me about... they said, "He's the same everywhere you see him." That should be the testimony of a transparent, consistent faith for every believer.

* Purity of love, clarity of conscience, and sincerity of faith --- these are the character qualities every pastor/teacher should aim for in his ministry, both for himself and his people.
A sincere faith is a single-minded, unpretentious, and transparent commitment to Jesus Christ.
It is trust without conditions.

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