January 11, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:11-21

After talking about the bad fruit from false teachers and following the world, the apostle Paul encourages Timothy to FLEE such things in verse 11. When fleeing we must then intentionally run the other way and pursue what he discusses at the conclusion of this letter. These things include righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. 

With this in mind, and reminding Timothy of what we confess along with Jesus Himself professed to Pontius Pilate (v. 12-16)… Jesus is King….. ayyyyyye Kanye West 😉 we must guard what we are entrusted with in the Gospel (v. 20-21). 

What a great reminder and conclusion to the letter. We are doing eternal kingdom work when pursuing and confessing Christ as King. All of these instructions for the church and leaders within the church pays eternal kingdom dividends and we are to remember the important work God has entrusted us with. If we don’t, like Paul warns in verse 21, we can swerve from the true faith. 

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


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January 10, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:3-10

Thanks for faithfully reading Jumpstart.  I hope it encourages you and gets your day started right. 

Today’s passage has three major themes:

Dissension (v.3-5)

Contentment (v.6-8)

Money (v.9-10)

Dissension (v.3-5)

There has been conflict in the church as long as there’s been a church.  Conflict about who’s in control, what’s believed, and what’s said. Look at the things listed in verse 4:

  • Controversial questions
  • Disputes about words
  • Abusive language

Causing friction.  This ISN’T God’s plan for His church or His people

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Romans 12:18

Contentment (v.6-8)

In verse six we see a formula.  All the pieces must be there for there to be success.

GODLINESS + CONTENTMENT = GREAT LIFE

GODLINESS without CONTENTMENT or CONTENTMENT without GODLINESS won’t do it.  Live your life for God and be content with where He has you. He will take care of you.

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34

Money (v.9-10)

Verse 9 blows my mind!  The love for money is the source for all kinds of evil.  This isn’t hard to understand – we’ve seen this in the world around us.  This thinking even finds its way into the church. The last part is what’s hard to get your mind around.  Some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith…  The unbridled desire for money has caused people to leave their faith.  Now that’s a breach in perspective.

Three Questions to Ponder Today:

  • Do I work for peace or do I cause dissention?  At work? School? Home? With friends? At Church?
  • Am I content with where God has me?  With what He’s given me?
  • Do I have material possessions and money in the proper perspective in my life?

Spend some time today and think these questions through.  Ask God to change your thinking and values to match His. Remember – things work better when you do them God’s Way!

 By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


One of our goals as a church this year is that our people would be praying everyday. To help you be accountable, use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

January 9, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:1-2

Passages like the one we have today are vastly misunderstood and often feared by Christians, though they should not be. We are fearful because of the dark images and sin that are associated with the words slavery, masters, and servants but we must do our due dilligence to understand the Bible and what it says on such real world issues. 

First, we must understand that not everything that the Bible gives instruction to means the Bible is in support of. We have to think of divorce. Divorce, like slavery, is a result of sin. Yet, nonetheless God gives Biblical instruction to it without endorsing it or calling it “good.”

We also have to make sure we define our terms. “World history is full of many types of slavery” (Platt, 98). 

  1. Hebrew Servanthood Leviticus 25:35-43

This was to provide for the poor of the community. They were not to be mistreated, but the purpose was to take care of the community and help people get back on their feet. Although, we can assume that because of sin this was not perfect and didn’t always function as it was commanded to.

  1. Roman Slavery

This was not always evil but even often benefited the poor providing security, stability, and citizenship. This was not about ethnicity but about social status.

  1. Indentured Servants

Where people worked to pay off their debt. “This is much closer to Hebrew Servanthood than anything else.” (Platt, 100)

  1. African Slave Trade

This was pure evil, racist, and abusive. Unspeakable things took place in the “Christian South.” We look back on this with hurt, regret as a nation, and heavy hearts. 

As we can see “Biblical history is full of various perspectives on slavery. Slavery is not a part of creation (that is, God’s created order); it is a result of sin.” (Platt, 101) God made the world without distinction and is bringing it back to that. 

“The fact that slavery is ultimatly connected to sin in Scripture mean that specific situations in a sinful world warrent specific instructions to a sinful world. The instructions in the Old Testament and in 1 Timothy that speak to slaves are addressing specific circumstances surrounding slavery at a specific time. When we understand this context addressing the church, we see that Biblical instructions concerning slavery do not imply Biblical approval of slavery. Slavery is a product of sin. When Paul addressed slavery, he was not endorsing it; he was helping shepherd people who were trapped in a sin-tainted economic and social system that produced the need for slavery.” (Platt, 102)

Paul is encouraging in Scripture people who are forced to live in this imperfect situation in several ways:

  1. Honor Unbelieving Masters (v.1)

They should treat them with respect and honor because they too are made in the image of God. He wanted them to do this “so that God’s name and teaching may not be reviled.”  How we treat others, even those whom may not deserve it, matters. It shows the character and nature of God in Heaven. He was calling them to act this way for the glory of God. This applies to us even in our workplaces… how we treat a boss  that we have trouble agreeing with matters. They were called, just like us, to treat them with honor and respect for the advancement of the gospel.

  1. Serve Wholeheartedly (v.2)

Though verse 1 is to slaves with unbelieving masters and verse 2 is for those with believing masters the principles carry over. Live with respect and honor and serve wholeheartedly. The same holds true for Christian employees today. We reflect the God we serve with how we serve. We should serve selflessly. The kind of selfless serving  they were called to and we are called to show fruit of gospel transformation. 

Ultimately this shows our God. Paul considered himself a δουλας or bondservant to Jesus Christ. “The essence of Christianity is that our master has become our servant and so, in turn, we become His slave… At the end of the day, the question is not if we are slaves but whose slaves we are. Either we will serve sin and Satan or we will serve the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.” (Platt, 108)

How can you reflect your TRUE master, Jesus Christ, in how you live today?

Platt, David. Christ Centered Exposition… Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. (B & H Publishing. Nashville, TN. 2013)

By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College


One of our goals as a church this year is that our people would be praying everyday. To help you be accountable, use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

January 8, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 5:17-25

In chapter 3, we spent some time looking at the requirements for leaders. Unlike so many leadership lists today, the main thing that leaders in the church must exhibit are high levels of godly character more than anything else. In our passage today, Paul gives some further instruction on how to treat leaders.

1. Give honor to who honor is due (17-18).

The list of character qualities found in 1 Timothy 3 are lofty, and for good reason. Not everyone should aspire to leadership in the church. This isn’t to say that you have to be perfect in order to lead, but that your life must be exemplary—worthy of being an example to others. So this means that just because a man or woman is a strong leader in others areas, that this means that they are fit to be a leader in the church.

Church leaders are to be above reproach, and so when there is a leader that is faithful and godly, that person should be celebrated!

2. Leaders must be fairly held to a high standard (19-20).

Leaders will sometimes say hard things and make decisions that not everyone agrees with. Because of the high pressure of leadership, Paul is wanting to make sure that when accusations are brought against a leader, they are not brought lightly. He advocates that when a charge is brought against a leader, there would be two or three that agree. This protects the leader from having false accusation brought against him, while also reinforcing the standard that Paul has already set.

3. Leaders are susceptible to sin (21-25).

Just because someone is in a position of leadership does not mean they are not tempted by the same things you are. This might seem like a no-brainer, but the reality is that many people place leaders and pastors on a pedestal that is not fair. Paul is wanting to make sure that leaders are living godly lives because he knows how easy it is for them to fall. Satan loves to see men and women of God who are in positions of leadership embarrass themselves and the gospel by sinning publically.

Can I ask a favor? Would you take a few moments to pray today for the leaders at Center Point Church? You can even use our staff page on our website as a prayer guide. Pray that we as a staff team would be living godly and pure lives and leading our church in a way that honors and glorifies God. Pray that we would be protected from sin and temptation, and that we would all be living above reproach in every area of our lives.

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate


One of our goals as a church this year is that our people would be praying everyday. To help you be accountable, use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.