Previously in this series: Feet 1, Feet 2, Mouth What did you expect, Timothy? Are you waiting for things to get easier? Ministry will be hard. Paul gives a long, convoluted list of problems — people problems. What’s difficult is people. What sort of teaching should we be on guard against today? […]
Previously in this series: Feet 1, Feet 2 What is the gospel? In 2 Timothy 1:8ff Paul begins with the call to live a life set apart, to walk in the ways of God. This has always been God’s intent for us. It is a plan of grace: God’s basic orientation towards us […]
Let’s continue the previous thought about the people-intensive scale and scope of ministry. Imagine you’re the perfect church attender. You hear at least 52 sermons a year. In 10 years, that’s 520 sermons! Yet would we expect to see 520 changes in your life?
2 Timothy is a staple text for Australian evangelical Christianity and for many university ministries. It’s about mentoring, fidelity, endurance, and ‘gospelling’. It’s a text I’ve heard preached on time and again, especially in pivotal, rite-of-passage events such as national conferences and ministry camps. And then it was my turn to expound […]