(I Tim 1:8-2:5) Mr. Smith continues his Bible study series in I Timothy. Paul first instructs Timothy on using the law properly (for example, obedience does not forgive our past sins). Then after telling Timothy to focus on sound doctrine, Paul gives a summary of his conversion showing the greatness of God's mercy. He then tells Timothy and us to use the example of his reaction to God's mercy as a pattern for Timothy and us to follow in our Christian lives.
Gary Smith was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spent most of his youth in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated from Ambassador College in 1976 and he and his wife, Liz, moved to Peoria, Illinois. For the next six years he worked as a nursing home administrator in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
In 1982, he and Liz began to serve in the full-time ministry. Since that time, they have served in a number of congregations in the Midwest.
Gary and Liz now pastor in Houston, Texas near their two children and grandson.