Christianity today is dodging the very instruction that was passed on to them as Christians, which is preaching the Word. What are we going to do with this Word? Let us read 2 Timothy and see how Paul carefully instructed Timothy on how to conduct himself as a leader of the believers.
——- 2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.——-
Paul said what? PREACH THE WORD, in season or out of season, which means preach even if no one will listen, and be prepared in all seasons. The problem with Christianity today is that the word preaching is somehow being substituted with entertainment and other activities that don’t convey the message of the Word at all. Preaching means to instruct or teach with gravity and authority. We are to be faithful in and out of season, even if we are not as bold as Apostle Paul or other apostles, that doesn’t change our mandate to preach and proclaim the Word.
What is this WORD that to be preached?
——- 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. ——-
The Word is the ALL OF SCRIPTURE… scriptures like grace, salvation, sin, love of God, sovereignty of God; all of the scripture that means even the divisive topics like hell, sin, condemnation, judgment. In some churches, some scriptural topics are being omitted in order not to have division, or not to offend members or prospect members. Paul distinctly said ALL of scripture; that means ALL; and that calls for a SOUND DOCTRINE. Some Christians will go as far as denying sound doctrine in order to have unity and in order not to offend the willful sinners and not to have divisions. What is sound doctrine anyway? It means teaching, or instruction, without any mixture of error. So if the Word of God is the absolute truth of and we don’t preach it in a sound manner in a very doctrinal way, then we are abandoning our mandate.
——- 1 Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.——-
Let’s see how Peter confronted Ananias and his wife Sapphira as members of the believers in Acts 5:1-10.
1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. ——-
Clearly Peter confronted the sin of Ananias and Sapphira and both of them dropped dead on-the-spot. Of course we don’t see today willful sinners among believers dropping dead physically but spiritually they are. Isn’t that’s the way how we do things today as Christians, just like what Paul instructed and just like what Peter modeled. Whether we don’t see people dropping dead or whether we don’t see people listening while we preach, it doesn’t change what God demands of us as leaders and as Christians.
Paul’s other direct instructions are to CORRECT, REBUKE and ENCOURAGE. Some Christians today dwell on positives only like teaching, training and encouraging but not on correcting, rebuking and confronting the very core of sin.
If we are going to read Paul’s letter carefully to Timothy, he is instructing Timothy how to preach, correct, rebuke and encourage pertaining to the believers inside the church.
Preach the word (all the scripture), in and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instructions.
PEACE and BLESSINGS!