The Empowerment of the Church, Part 1
We all need to be reminded of the mission of the Church. You can't do the mission that God has called us to do without His power. Many of us attempt to pursue God's mission and vision in our flesh and what we have done is denied God's power; we then take a backseat to the world. The church is the only solution to deal with the ills of the world. (Part 2 of 3)
In the second letter to Timothy, Paul has some very direct instructions that he writes to Timothy, pastor to the church of Ephesus but first and foremost, his spiritual son. He wanted to make sure that Timothy was able to endure, withstand, and be steadfast despite life's opposition. Even though Paul writes to encourage his son as he pastors, this epistle provides encouragement to all believers to continue in the ministry of the church which is to encourage and continue to build up the Saints. Paul, while sharing these relevant things with Timothy, had to also remind him of the position and authority that he, Paul, stood in, as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.