I Timothy 1:2-11
“that thou mightiest charge some that they teach no there doctrine,” Charge here is parangéllō - to give orders, or command. Paul begins his letter to Timothy with a reminder of what he is supposed to be doing. Preach to others, telling them what they should be preaching.
- Make sure the doctrine is right.
- Fables - Don’t teach/preach things that are based on myth and traditions.
- Get your story straight. We don’t preach our ideas or our opinions, we must only preach truth.
Endless genealogies - Things pertaining to an “enriched” history based on Jewish interpretation and additions of the OT.
- We must stop wasting time trying to prove to each other how smart we are. We are called to a purpose, to reach the lost.
- We are not preaching to prove who we are or how much we know about the bible, We are preaching to prove who God is to those who do not believe.
- We are not to add or take away from what the Word of God says. Rev 22:18-19.
- We have been entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the most sacred of truths. This is not philosophy, this is salvation.
- We cannot give in to the temptation to be a motivational speaker. We are called to the purpose of saving souls from eternal damnation.
- We cannot give in to the temptation to preach an easier gospel. The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is what was required in the beginning and it is what is required today.
- We cannot give in to the temptation to debate with endless questions of the Word of God.
- Our job is to edify the church in faith.
- Our preaching must be done in and through a position of love.
- We must not preach our frustrations, we must only preach the freshly spoken Word of God as He gives it.
- Always resist the desire to “fix” things with preaching. If we have an individual in mind that our “word” is designed for, we should go back to the prayer room and seek God’s Word for the day.
- God doesn’t need a “fixer” He needs a preacher.
- The messages God gives us to preach must first change and affect our hearts before they will ever be effective in anyone else’s heart.
- The preached Word of God brings conviction which leads to repentance, Man’s word brings condemnation which leads to self-righteousness.
- Some have turned from the purpose God has called them to. This can be identified in their preaching. This kind of preaching turns into an egotistical rant which is nothing more than empty speech. In this kind of speaking there are no “words of life”.
- Empty words lead to empty hearts. Empty hearts lead to apathetic christians who have no desire to rise above this world into what God has called them to be.
- These are really not christians at all. They are self-serving, selfish, unreliable, servants of the flesh.
- Preacher you have been called to live a higher life, a more dedicated life, a more determined life. Mediocrity is not an option.
- Being called to this purpose is being called to a life of more:
- We are to pray more, fast more, read more, study more, suffer more.
- Great anointing can only come through great suffering. This is the only way we can achieve the balance that is necessary to carry the weight from the glory of God in our lives.
I Corinthians 9:14
I Corinthian s 9:16
I Corinthians 9:24-27
Thanks for listening!