|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Know, speak, and stand, for the truth”
2 Timothy 4:2-4 is not intended just for preachers and teachers; it applies to all Christians. “Preach the word” means “Declare Biblical truth.” “in season and out of season” means “whether it’s convenient or not and whether people want to hear it or not.” The instruction applies to all of us. We are all to declare Biblical truth – in our churches, yes, but out in the world too. And we are to do it whether doing so is easy or hard, and whether the listeners want to hear it or not.
Paul then goes on to say that the time will come when people (both in the world and in the church) won’t tolerate sound doctrine. Instead, they will find speakers and leaders who will tell them the things they want to hear. Then, as a society, and sadly in some churches, people turn away from the truth and to myths and lies instead.
Such is the situation in our society today and as a Christian community, it’s largely our own fault. Why is it our fault? Because far too many of us are not doing what Paul commanded in 2 Timothy 4:2-4, we are not boldly and confidently speaking and standing for the truth. There are many reasons. One is that we have allowed ourselves to become busy and distracted. We are just caught-up in life. Another reason is fear – fear of the blowback we might get for speaking Biblical truth to a culture that is opposed to it.
But another reason for our silence is that many Christians in our churches are confused about sound doctrine and Biblical truth. They simply haven’t been instructed in it, and therefore they can’t speak about what they don’t know. This isn’t true of all Christians or all churches, but it is a widespread problem.
This Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist we are going to begin a study of the book of Romans. Romans is the clearest, most concise, and most complete presentation of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith found anywhere in the New Testament. We need to know what Romans teaches, and we need to know it well enough that we can then explain it to others in simple ways that can be easily applied.
I invite you to join us for this study. The service begins at 10:00. Join us in-person if you are nearby or, if you are geographically distant or if you are a shut-in, join us online at www.YouTube.com/oakhillbaptistcrossville.
Let’s encourage each other to know the truth, to speak the truth, and with boldness and confidence, to stand for the truth.
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