Religion. The word generates lots of different emotional reactions. They run the whole spectrum from extreme love to extreme hate. But given all those emotions, what is religion really about? Do we even know? We know what it means to us, as individuals. But we each have our own view of what religion means. So I’m asking, do we even have a sense of the dictionary or even the generally accepted meaning of this emotionally charged word – religion?
The apostle Paul is writing to Timothy—a younger man who is like a son to him. Timothy is living in Ephesus, where he has some responsibility for correct teaching and sound pastoral care of the church.
In his first letter Paul warns Timothy about false teachers who are active in the church. Their complicated and obscure ideas are distracting and dangerous.
Paul also gives Timothy some guidelines on major aspects of church life. He outlines the principles of Christian behaviour in public meetings. He lists the main characteristics of a potential church leader. He identifies the key issues in caring for certain needy groups.
Knowles, A. (2001). The Bible guide (1st Augsburg books ed., p. 645). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg.