Followers of Jesus are called to be ready at all times to proclaim and patiently teach God’s truth in whatever ministry context God has given. In part 9 of Faithfulness in Hardship, Pastor Dan Cox reads from 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
Some Context First…
Paul’s Message to a Young Pastor
- Jesus will judge all people (4:1)
- Preach the Word always (4:2a)
- Patiently correct, rebuke and encourage with good teaching (4:2b)
- People will seek out teachers who tell them what they want to hear (4:3)
- People will reject the truth and chase after myths (4:4)
- But you must remain level-headed (4:5a)
- Endure suffering, proclaim the gospel and carry out your ministry (4:5b)
The Message for all Followers of Jesus
- Remember that Jesus will judge all people
- Proclaim God’s truth whether it’s well-received or not
- Correct and encourage one another
- Don’t chase after popular preachers and fads that tell you only what you want to hear
- Remain well-grounded in solid, biblical doctrine
- Endure suffering for Christ
- Proclaim the gospel in word and deed
- Be faithful in the place of service God has given you
Spiritually maturing persons…
- always proclaim God’s truth no matter the reception
- correct and encourage other believers
- stay grounded in solid doctrine
- endure suffering for Christ
- share the gospel
- fulfill their ministry
Applying the Text
- Preach the Word!
- Stay Grounded!
- Don’t Quit!