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Would a Letter Help Today’s Church?

March 25, 2009

If the modern Christian church got a letter from Paul, what would he say? After studying 2nd Timothy I think we face many of the same issues that the Christian church faced in Timothy’s time. What do you think?

Most churches have members that have deserted their faith similar to Demas and Crescens (4:10). In addition we are seeing many who vigorously oppose the Gospel similar to Alexander (4:14). 

We are tempted to inaccurately handle God’s Word. When we do this we then speak empty words that don’t reflect a biblical worldview which may lead to further ungodliness (2:15-16). If we aren’t careful, Christians then involve themselves in foolish and ignorant speculations with those who don’t handle His Word accurately and then just end up in arguments (2:23). 

Paul teaches that we need to be kind to all, be able to teach, be patient to those who wrong us, and correct others with gentleness (2:24-25). We instead find ourselves wanting to respond in kind and argue. We then come off arrogant and repel the very ones we are trying to attract to the Gospel.

Daily we find ourselves entangled in the affairs of everyday life and thus try to please those around us instead of God (2:4). Conversely, we must keep our focus on God and guard the treasure which has been entrusted to us (1:14). We can do this by maintaing a fresh approach to God’s Word which is used by the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom that will lead to our salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (3:15). 

Sadly, Christians are being persecuted, imprisoned, and suffer hardships in the name of Jesus (1:8, 2:3, 2:9, 2:10, 3:11). This shouldn’t surprise us. All who desire to live according to the teachings of Christ Jesus will be persecuted (3:12) because when we identify with Him we have to assume that we will face what He faced. 

It light of this, it is vital that we remember that God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and discipline (1:7). This means that we never need to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord who has saved us and called us to His Holy purpose from all eternity (1:9) It doesn’t get better than that!

2nd Timothy only has 4 chapters. Take some time to read it and see how Paul told Timothy to deal with these issues. If you see any other similarities to our culture, post a comment.

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