This week Meredith Knox joined us to share the word of the gospel. She dove into 2 Timothy chapters 3 and 4 to discuss the four warnings about todays world.
1) Appearance isn’t everything, but it’s something.
In this stage and time of life, it is so easy to go through the motions of a believer that the line between what is and is not true faith has become blurred. In chapter 3, Paul warns against people that have the “appearance of godliness” but deny its power. (chp 3 vs 5) Paul is talking about church people – professing believers! If as a believer, we profess with our lips that Jesus is Lord and then turn around and curse at our neighbor then we deny the very power we proclaim! The church is to be a shining beacon on a hill, not something hidden in the shadows, unwilling to boldly proclaim Christ’s power of salvation! We are not meant to live a life of compromise but one driven by confidence in the cross. So why is the world turning from Christianity? Because Christians are living like they don’t believe in the God of the universe, instead they seem timid and often bored. Christian do not be timid but go on speaking, boldly pronouncing the name of Christ and sharing his goodness! Christ, the king of kings will be with you at all times!
2) Don’t overeat.
It’s the 21st century and information is abundant, always at our fingertips. Christian do not overeat! In chapter 4 verse 3, Paul warn against the time when the people will not endure sound teaching but will accumulate teachers who speak a message that itches their ears. These people will only listen to teachers who engage their passions. We now have more information and teachings than we know what to do with. If all of this were taken without faith, we will become a fat Christian. Do not be a glutton for information! Instead, seek to obtain knowledge through the word, by faith! And with that knowledge we are to be doers, not just hearers!
3) Don’t wander off.
In chapter 4 vs 4 Paul writes that people will turn from truth and wander into myths. Knowing that we are prone to wander, we must place markers in our faith – we need a place to come back to! As believers we must plant a flag on scripture for worldly things will pass but the word of the Lord will endure forever. On this firm foundation of eternal truths, we build our lives. And finally...
4) Life gets so much better…maybe.
The only safe foundation to stand on is Christ, who is the solid rock. He is not just a way, a truth, and a life, he is THE way, and THE truth, and THE life! Life is tough, and trials will come, but a life spent with Christ is filled with joy! So, in conclusion, shake off the fake appearance and turn to Christ, do not overeat but receive the word in faith, and do not wander off into believing myths, but return again and again to scripture. Remember we are here for the purpose of proclaiming Christ and giving God all the glory. And finally, we are here to enjoy Him. The deeper we go with Christ, the better life gets! In closing, think on this verse,
“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:5