January 31, 2011
Though the world often prefers to hear messages that feel good or tickle their ears, preachers must hold fast to their duty, preaching the Scriptures with patience and careful instruction. The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and expend himself—all of which Paul did in his own life. Teaching from Paul’s advice and example, Alistair Begg encourages us that the church’s effectiveness has always been tied to faithful, powerful preaching.
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.