Chapter Two, Lesson Three
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Read passage (V.8-10)
V. 8 ** How do we know that Paul is about to make a summary statement
based upon a previous instruction?
By beginning his thought with Therefore, Paul is saying
I want you to live this way because of what
has just been said.
** When Paul says, I want, is he merely expressing a passing
desire which he hopes the church will adopt?
No - Pauls use of the word want comes from the word
boulomai, and could be translated I command, or I
purpose. He is very serious about the nature of this command and
that those who pray for the lost when the church gathers for worship
should be Adorned Properly.
** To whom is this command being given? Who is to take upon themselves
this serious call for evangelistic
prayer within the service of the church?
The men of the church! "Men" comes from aner,
and means men as opposed to women; male as opposed to female. The men
are the leaders when the church meets for corporate worship and as such,
they are to be the ones who lead the corporate prayer life. (This will
be explained in greater detail in our study together next week of verses
** How do we know that Paul was referring to prayer within the church?
First - His original statement to Timothy to remain
on at Ephesus, in order that you may instruct certain men not to teach
strange doctrines... Timothy was not being instructed to set
the city of Ephesus in order, but to set the church at Ephesus in
order. cf. Acts 20:28-30
Second - The structure of the entire letter is the form and
function of the church, not that of our individual life in the world
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