Lectionary Summaries Provided by Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor
(24 January 2021)


Acts 16:1–5
1 Timothy 6:11–16
Matthew 24:42–47


St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor


Our Master, Jesus Christ, “is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:44). He sets the servants of His Word as the watchmen and overseers of His household (Matt. 24:45). He commands them to keep, guard and “fight the good fight of the faith” entrusted to them (1 Tim. 6:12), “each according to his ability” (Matt. 25:15). Just as Christ “made the good confession” before Pilate (1 Tim. 6:13), so His servants stand before the Church and the world, and by their preaching the Lord strengthens faith and grants increase to His Church (Acts 16:5), the “pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). St. Timothy, Paul’s friend and son in the faith, is an example of such a faithful and wise servant, set over the household of God in Ephesus to nourish in “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness” (1 Tim. 6:11). The Lord still appoints men like Timothy to bear fruit that will abide (John 15:16), so that the whole household may confess and bear witness to the One “who gives life to all things” (1 Tim. 6:13).



Saint Timothy, Pastor and Confessor


First Reading


Acts 16:1-5
    Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. [2] He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. [3] Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. [4] As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. [5] So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.


Psalm 71:15-24
    My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
        of your deeds of salvation all the day,
        for their number is past my knowledge.
    [16] With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
        I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
    [17] O God, from my youth you have taught me,
        and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
    [18] So even to old age and gray hairs,
        O God, do not forsake me,
    until I proclaim your might to another generation,
        your power to all those to come.
    [19] Your righteousness, O God,
        reaches the high heavens.
    You who have done great things,
        O God, who is like you?
    [20] You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
        will revive me again;
    from the depths of the earth
        you will bring me up again.
    [21] You will increase my greatness
        and comfort me again.
    [22] I will also praise you with the harp
        for your faithfulness, O my God;
    I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
        O Holy One of Israel.
    [23] My lips will shout for joy,
        when I sing praises to you;
        my soul also, which you have redeemed.
    [24] And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
    for they have been put to shame and disappointed
        who sought to do me hurt.




1 Tim. 6:11-16
    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. [13] I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, [14] to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, [15] which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, [16] who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.




Matthew 24:42-47
    Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. [43] But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. [44] Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
    [45] "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? [46] Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. [47] Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.