In starting a new job, it’s important to recognize the tasks, challenges, and requirements for the position. Likewise, as Timothy prepared to preach the Gospel, Paul counseled him on what was needed for his task. Reviewing Paul’s instructions, Alistair Begg teaches today’s pastors to share Paul’s objective—reliance on the Word of God to accomplish God’s work by His Spirit. As the Word is preached, pastors should look to biblical truths, patiently teaching while God opens blind eyes and softens hard hearts.
1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound1 teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.