Speaker: Don Guthrie
1 Timothy 2:1
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A great challenge to the way we do church.
First (not a number) is a preposition. Means, "before, in front of." Superlative form. "Firstest"
Prayer Meeting rather than private prayer.
Entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings. All plurals.
"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."--Isaiah 56:7
Repentance from pride and privacy and shame.
Why should prayer be first at Hunters Glen?
--A Call to LIVE LARGE
Scope--ALL men (1) ALL authorities (2) ALL godliness and dignity (2) ALL to be saved (3)
Subject--salvation and sanctification (4)
Three reasons to pray huge.
--Monotheism--just one God
--Incarnation--just one Mediator
--Atonement--just one paid Ransom
--A Call to LEARN PATIENCE
"The testimony given at the proper time." (6)
"He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart. . .will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?"--Luke 18:1, 7
--A Call to PURSUE HOLINESS
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."--Psalm 66:18.
Lift up HOLY hands.
"First be reconciled to your brother."--Matthew 5:24
Aggression. Appearance. Neither violence nor vanity.
"These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. . .When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place, and suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting."--Acts 1:14, 2:1-2