Notes on Titus

Posted in Notes with tags on December 6, 2007 by wallinbl

1:10-16 – For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing and deceiving talk.  They’ve got to be shut up.

2:1-6 – Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine.  We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.

2:7-8 – Show them all this by doing it yourself.

2:11-14 – Salvation is available for everyone.

3:1-2 – Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand.  No insults, no fights.  God’s people should be high hearted and courteous.

3:8-11 – Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code.


Notes on 2 Timothy

Posted in Notes with tags on December 4, 2007 by wallinbl

1:5-7 – God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

2:14-18 – If pious words are not backed by a godly life, they accumulate like poison in the soul.

2:22-26 – Run away from infantile indulgence.  Run after mature righteousness – faith, love, peace.  Refuse to get involved in inane discussions – they always end up in fights.  God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool.

3:1-9 – Reread this!

Notes on 1 Timothy

Posted in Notes with tags on December 3, 2007 by wallinbl

1:5-7 – The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love, love uncontaminated by self interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.  Those who fail to keep this point set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding.

1:8-11 – The way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say.

2:4-7 – He wants not only us, but everyone saved, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned.  Jesus offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.

2:8-10 – Doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

3:1-16 – Qualities of a leader

4:6-10 – Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion.  Exercise daily in God.

4:11-14 – Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.

5:1-2 – Treat older men as your father, younger men as your brothers, older women as your mother and younger women as your sister.

5:17-18 – Give a bonus to leaders who do a good job.  A worker deserves his pay.

5:21-23 – Go ahead and drink a little wine; it’s good for digestion, good medicine for what ails you.

6:6-8 – A devout life brings wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God.

6:9-10 – Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble.

6:17-19 – Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money.  Tell them to go after God, to be good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous.

(from The Message)

Notes on Jude

Posted in Notes with tags on December 3, 2007 by wallinbl

3-4 – Some people have infiltrated our ranks, who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels.

(see Notes on 2 Peter for more)

Notes on 3 John

Posted in Notes with tags on December 1, 2007 by wallinbl

1:5-8 – When you extend hospitality to Christian brothers even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.

Notes on 2 John

Posted in Notes with tags on December 1, 2007 by wallinbl

1:4-6 – The original and basic charter:  that we love each other.  Love means following His commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love.  This is the first thing you heard and nothing has changed.

(from The Message)

Notes on 1 John

Posted in Notes with tags on December 1, 2007 by wallinbl

2:1 – Christ solved the sin problem for good

2:6 – Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived

2:9-11 – Anyone who hates is still in the dark.  The person who loves dwells in God’s light, and doesn’t block the light from others.

2:15-17 – Don’t love the world’s ways.  Don’t love the world’s goods.  Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.  Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father.  It just isolates you from Him.

3:11 – For this is the original message we heard:  We should love each other.

3:14-15 – The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love each other.  Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead.

3:16-17 – Christ sacrificed his life for us.  This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.  If you see someone in need and have the means to do something about it, but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love?  It disappears and you made it disappear.

3:18-20 – My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.  It’s the only way to know we’re truly living in God’s reality.

3:21-24 – He told us to love one another in line with the original command.

4:1 – Not everyone who talks about God comes from God.  There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.  (see Notes on 2 Peter for more of that)

4:7-10 – Let us continue to love each other since love comes from God.  Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God.

4:11-12 – If God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.  If we love one another, God dwells deeply within us.

4:17-18 – God is love.  When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.  There is no room in love for fear.  A fearful life is one not yet fully formed in love.

4:20-21 – If anyone says “I love God” but hates his brother or sister, he is a liar.  The command we have from Christ is blunt:  Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve got to love both.

5:1-3 – The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.

(from The Message)