How would you describe the church to a friend or a co-worker? Listen to these descriptions of the church. The church is the household of God. The church is the assembly of the people of God in the presence of the living God. The church is the pillar and beacon of the truth.
This is how Paul describes the church in 1 Timothy 3:15. It’s a weighty description of Jesus’ bride. And Paul is writing this letter to the lead elder or the lead pastor of the household of God, the church of the living God, the pillar and the beacon of truth in the city of Ephesus.
The city of Ephesus was saturated with sexual sin, slavery and witchcraft. The religious culture in Ephesus was pagan at best and the people would have been confused and weary. The culture would have been chaotic with its many choices of pleasure-filled past times.
Ephesus, quite simply, was a difficult place to work and live for anyone. And this is Paul’s charge to Timothy and the church in Ephesus: I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (1Tim. 3:14 – 15)
This series will explore what this looks like in our day-to-day lives.