No More Excuses, Part 1
What a person reads reveals a lot about their nature. It reveals what they value, what's in their heart, and where their interests lie. As we make effort to grow, we must question do we really understand and are we able to dissect the Word of God? Are we really growing or are we misinterpreting the text by applying assumption rather than clarity of thought? As believers, we must not be moved by external factors such as charisma and atmosphere but rather by the unadulterated Word of God. (Part 2 of 2)
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.