Here's the text I've been asked to speak on(we're in a series on I Timothy after all). . .
I'd love for you, after you read it to maybe answer a couple of these questions. . .
1) What jumps out at you?
2) What questions do you have about the meaning of this passage?
3) Who is Hymenaues's great aunt?
1 Timothy 1:12-20 (English Standard Version)
Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners12I thank him(A) who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful,(B) appointing me to his service, 13though formerly I was a blasphemer,(C) persecutor, and insolent opponent. But(D) I received mercy(E) because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and(F) the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the(G) faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is(H) trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus(I) came into the world to save sinners,(J) of whom I am the foremost. 16But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17To(K) the King of ages,(L) immortal,(M) invisible,(N) the only God,(O) be honor and glory forever and ever.[a] Amen.
18This charge(P) I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with(Q) the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may(R) wage the good warfare, 19(S) holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have(T) made shipwreck of their faith, 20among whom are(U) Hymenaeus and(V) Alexander, whom I(W) have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to(X) blaspheme.
(ps. I have some good ideas as to where this passage is taking me . . so this isn't a last-second plea for help, ideas, etc. . . . for those cynical readers of this blog)
(and if that's you. . . . Hey, stop being cynical!!!)