The Pursuit of Godliness, Part 3
Networking, working together to accomplish a goal, is critical for the body of Christ. There is no ministry or minister that functions independently; we have to function in unity and in order. However, there’s an underlying spirit of independence in the church. People are concerned about “their ministry”—independent of the body—which is the work of Satan in the church which is a hindrance to the growth of the church. We are a body fitly joined together. A great question to ask is “how do my talents and gifts fit within the body so that it functions properly?” (Part 1 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.