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January 28, 2024

Simply Teach the Bible Simply (2 Timothy 4)

Passage: 2 Timothy 4
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In a world facing a spiritual famine, not caused by external forces but by a lack of hearing the words of the Lord, the call is clear – to preach the Word unapologetically. In the landscape of preaching, there are three types of messengers: those who speak from the Bible, about the Bible, and those who present the Bible itself. However, the Bible can be hard to understand, boring, difficult to accept, and even offensive. The temptation to abandon the text and preach seeker-friendly messages is real, but Paul's warning to Timothy is steadfast: do not abandon the teaching of the Bible.

Paul charges Timothy through a command: before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing. The charge is simple – preach the Word. Whether it's like a king's herald, without questioning or editing, the command is to be ready in season and out of season, convincing, rebuking, and exhorting with all long-suffering. The truth about truth is explored, acknowledging its potential for conflict, offense, and discomfort. Pastors often face the challenge of handling the truth – whether editing it, watering it down, or abandoning it. Yet, the commitment remains strong – to preach the Bible regardless of personal inadequacies.

The perilous times ahead are described, where people, even those within the church, will not endure sound doctrine. The irony lies in the fact that Timothy is charged to suffer long, even when others won't. Sound doctrine is likened to a healthy diet, creating healthy Christians, couples, children, churches, communities, cities, and countries. The prophecy of a time when people will gather teachers who cater to their desires, itching ears for comfortable messages, is revealed. The urgency to be watchful, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill ministry is emphasized.

Paul, nearing the end of his life, reflects on his journey – being poured out as a drink offering, fighting the good fight, finishing the race, and keeping the faith. The anticipation of a crown of righteousness, awarded not only to Paul but to all who love the Lord’s appearing, becomes a focal point. Living in the shadows of Christ's imminent return purifies, motivates, alerts, frees, and brings comfort and hope.

The narrative takes a poignant turn as Paul reveals the abandonment by some, like Demas, who loved the present world. Yet, amidst abandonment, Luke remains, illustrating true friendship. Paul's requests for Mark, Tychicus, his cloak, books, and parchments show a deep need for companionship, study, and encouragement in the face of adversity. The caution against Alexander and the acknowledgment of the Lord's faithfulness in standing by Paul during his defense highlight the importance of spiritual support.

As the letter concludes, Paul urges Timothy to come before winter, greeting fellow believers and expressing hope for the Lord's presence. The farewell is a reminder of the constant need for grace and the spirit of the Lord in the Christian journey.

Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, led by Pastor Allen Victor, echoes this call to simply teach the Bible simply.

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