How and What are we to Preach?

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que prediques la palabra; que instes a tiempo y fuera de tiempo; redarguye, reprende, exhorta con toda paciencia y doctrina. (RVR 1960)

This is a very well known verse that has been used in thousands of sermons over the years but what is Paul really saying to Timothy here? Lets break it down.

First CONTEXT; Paul has just finished in Chapter 3 telling Timothy of tough times (struggles) that may be coming. There will be persecutions, false teachers, etc. Yet he has something greater that he can rely on 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God[a] and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (CSB) So Paul begins Chapter 4 with a charge for Timothy to begin his ministry in verse one and then we get to our text. 

In Season – simply put be ready to preach when you are supposed to. When there is no reason not to, when there is no danger in doing so. If you are a Pastor/Elder Sunday morning 15 minutes before worship service is not the time to prepare your sermon.

Out of Season – we must be ready to share the Gospel when it is inconvenient, not practical and maybe even dangerous.

Reprove – Correct those in error. What you mean I am to judge others, YES! Paul is telling us to us a LOVING RIGHTEOUS judgement to correct others errors. Yet like Christ warns be careful how you go about it. Wrongly and that big log in your eye may bet twisted.

Rebuke – For a long time I did not see a difference here, let me try and make sense of this we reprove a fellow Christian and rebuke error in non-Christians. An example might be if you hear a brother curse you would want to say something to him (Reprove) speaking out and condemning abortion (Rebuking) is something every true Christian should be doing.

Exhort – real simple here encourage fellow believers, provide comfort, support and assistance as needed. Quoting the Beatles “I can get by with a Little Help From my Friends”

Patience – all preachers must be patient, in fact all of God’s children must be Patient. Our Christian walk is not easy, but if we have good fellowship with God and like minded believers it is much more pleasant.

Teaching: preaching for the sake of speaking is pretty much useless as far as I am concerned. Paul is telling Timothy that a practical application of God’s word (teaching) should be a part of every sermon.

Why is is it so important how and what we preach? Paul follows our main text with this:

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. 

Porque vendrá tiempo cuando no sufrirán la sana doctrina, sino que teniendo comezón de oír, se amontonarán maestros conforme a sus propias concupiscencias, y apartarán de la verdad el oído y se volverán a las fábulas.

It is the preaching of SOUND Doctrine that will help make mature (Sanctification) Christians. 

 

Unity of the Spirit

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting[a] one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. (HCSB)

I seem to be on a walking (Christian Lifestyle) kick the past few days. I never know what verse will stand out as I read my bible and devotions. Today’s was in response to the Today in Church History Post earlier.

First the Apostle Paul is once again speaking on living out our lives in a manner worthy of Christ who called us. He points out four must have character traits that each of the Ephesian Church members (and we) need to accomplish this they are:

  1. Live your life with all humility, Christ called others to live with the humility of a child (Matthew 18:4) and not exalt (brag about  themselves (Matthew 23:12).
  2. gentleness, I must admit this is a hard one for me. My sending Pastor Steve says I am a hard man. Maybe it was the 21 years in military uniform, the troubles I experience after retirement and before conversion. I have no excuses just a desire to improve daily. Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23)

    • Martin Luther’s comments on this are a help: Gentleness in conduct and life. True followers of the Gospel must not be sharp and bitter, but gentle, mild,courteous, and soft-spoken, which should encourage others to seek their company.Gentleness can overlook other people’s faults and cover them up. Gentleness is always glad to give in to others. Gentleness can get along with forward and difficult persons, according to the old pagan saying: “You must know the manners of your friends, but you must not hate them.” Such a gentle person was our Savior Jesus Christ, as the Gospel portrays Him. Of Peter it is recorded that he wept whenever he remembered the sweet gentleness of Christ in His daily contact with people. Gentleness is an excellent virtue and very useful in every walk of life.
  3. with patience another fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) the Christian life is not some easy cheesy, snap your fingers and get it done magically way of living. It requires the person to be in it for the long haul and that requires patience.

  4. accepting[a] one another in love, Other versions have this as showing forbearance or tolerating each other in love.  It is no small wonder Paul puts emphasis on love here, one only need recall 1 Corinthians 13 where the “greatest of [God’s gifts] is love to understand Paul’s conviction on “love among the brethren.”

  5. keeping the unity…with the peace that binds us, With all the different denominations out there how can there possibly be peace among us all?

    • First off I am going to shock you be saying there can not be because some of those denominations are not biblical. They do not hold to the inerrant Word of God, they add and subtract form it at their own pleasure for their own (worldly) good. Therefore we should have no fellowship with these folks. Pray for them yes, speak out against their false teachings yes, harm then no.

    • As for those who do not butcher the Word of God we can have peace with them for a very simple reason, the Holy Spirit; Romans 5:1 (ESV) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.We (every true Born again sanctified regenerated believer) have peace with God through Christ. If as the Word of God says God (the HS) indwells us having peace with fellow believers should be second nature.
      • John Calvin wrote on this: There is one body. [139] He proceeds to show more fully in how complete a manner Christians ought to be united. The union ought to be such that we shall form one body and one soul. These words denote the whole man. We ought to be united, not in part only, but in body and soul. He supports this by a powerful argument, as ye have been called in one hope of your calling. We are called to one inheritance and one life; and hence it follows, that we cannot obtain eternal life without living in mutual harmony in this world. One Divine invitation being addressed to all, they ought to be united in the same profession of faith, and to render every kind of assistance to each other. Oh, were this thought deeply impressed upon our minds, that we are subject to a law which no more permits the children of God to differ among themselves than the kingdom of heaven to be divided, how earnestly should we cultivate brotherly kindness! How should we dread every kind of animosity, if we duly reflected that all who separate us from brethren, estrange us from the kingdom of God! And yet, strangely enough, while we forget the duties which brethren owe to each other, we go on boasting that we are the sons of God. Let us learn from Paul, that none are at all fit for that inheritance who are not one body and one spirit.

Unity of the Spirit should not be a wish but a daily walk.

 

 

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 15 & 16 April

FAITH AND OTHER GRACES

Faith and Love – 1 Timothy 1:14

Faith and verity – 1 Timothy 2:7

Faith and charity and holiness with sobriety – 1 Timothy 2:15

Faith and Patience – Hebrews 6:12

Faith hath and influence upon all other graces, it is like a silver thread that runs through a chain of pearls. – Thomas Brooks

Faith is armour upon armour, a grace that preserves all other graces. – William Gurnall

TEARS

Put thou my tears into thy bottle – Psalm 56:8

You that have filled the book of God with your sins, should fill the bottle of God with your tears. – Thomas Goodwin

Where tears move not, nothing will move. – Henry Smith

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 10 & 11 April

PERSEVERANCE

Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times – 2 Kings 13:19

Patient continuance in doing well – Romans 2:17

Watching thereunto with all perseverance – Ephesians 6:18

Perseverance is the sister of patience, the daughter of consistency, the mother of peace the mistress of concord. – Thomas Adams

Waiting is the permanent continuance in the performance of duties of duties against all difficulties and discouragements. – John Owen

FAITH, DOUBTS AND UNBELIEF

Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief – Mark 9:24

O thou of little faith, wherefore does thou doubt? – Matthew 14:31

Faith does the same against the devil that unbelief doth to God. – John Bunyan

             Waverings where faith is, are like the tossings of a ship fast at anchor            – Stephen CHarnock

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 14 & 15 March

             HYPOCRISY

Ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity – Matthew 23:28

 Hypocrisy is a lie with a fair cover over it. – William Gurnall

 What greater falseness than to be in the skin a Christian and in the core a heathen. – William Jenyken.

 FAITH AND OTHER GRACES

 Faith and love – 1 Timothy 1:14

Faith and verity – 1 Timothy 2:7

Faith and charity and holiness with sobriety – 1 Timothy 2:15

Faith and Patience – Hebrews 6:12

 All other graces like birds in the nest depend upon what grace brings to them. – John Flavel

 Other graces makes us like Christ, faith makes us members of Christ. – Thomas Watson

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