Dealing with other people isn’t always easy. But it is necessary in the church, especially for those who preach. In 1 Timothy 5, Paul gives some instruction to the young evangelist in how to relate to Christians of different ages and genders, and we would all do well to pay attention to it.
Despite Peter’s courage at moments prior to the trial of Jesus, he is overcome with fear as Jesus stands before the High Priest. Though he had said he was willing to die for Jesus, and even tried to kill for Him, when he was given the opportunity to stand up and defend the Savior, Peter backed down out of fear.
In a time when we are riddled with division and lies, now more than ever Christians need to make sure we are people who are dedicated to both love and the truth. We cannot be the salt of the earth and the light of the world if we are not loving, nor can we fulfill that calling if we are overcome by lies. It’s time for the church to decide what influence we want to leave on the world.
While there is great value in using our good judgement and avoiding unnecessarily dangerous sitations, it is also important that when we find ourselves in trouble that we do not forget where our hope lies. May we not give in to fear, but keep our focus on Jesus.
– 1/3/21 p.m. sermon
– Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
– Parts of Paul’s letter to Timothy are very personal, and are a great source of understanding what should be expected of preachers. Our study in these verses considers these words to the young preacher, but also to understand how they can apply to all Christians in our own respective ministries.
When so many things go wrong, it can be easy to give into fear. But the Bible reminds us, over and again, not to fear. Our God, in His Word, gives us many reasons that we should trust in Him, instead of giving in to fear.