Based on the Gospel foundation, Paul instructs us as we gather for worship to pray for and proclaim the gospel to all kinds of people because God desires their salvation, God deserves the honor of all people and Christ died as a ransom for all.
Paul reflects on the gospel and how it has transformed his life. As Paul celebrates the Gospel he also teaches us the nature of God's grace being unconditional, patient and shocking. Jesus came on to earth to live a life we could not live, die the death we deserved to die and conquered the enemies we could not defeat. How we view the Gospel will impact how we view life and how we celebrate the Gospel.
The number one responsibility for the church is to guard the Gospel. It is the Gospel that forms who we are and what we do as the church. We guard the Gospel by the way we handle God's Word. We do not add to the demands of the law, nor do we believe that the law saves.
In the introduction of the letter of 1 Timothy who was written by Paul an Apostle not chosen by man, but rather commanded by God our savior and Christ Jesus our Hope. Paul writes to Timothy and the church of Ephesus as he reminds them and us that our hope is the not in the absence or solutions of our problems, but in Jesus Christ who is our hope.