This blog will include the sermons I have preached as a lay minister with the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary.
I hope that these sermons will enrich your spiritual life as much as they have enriched mine.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
2 Timothy 2:14-26 Speak the Truth, and Speak It Boldly
reading from Paul’s second letter to Timothy is part of the final letter Paul
wrote. He wrote this letter from his prison cell in Rome, and he knew that he
was about to be put to death. Both of his letters to Timothy contain
instructions for both ministers and Christians.
tells ministers to teach, preach and lead. Shallow sermons lead to shallow
saints, and mistaken preaching leads to misguided lives. It is a serious
responsibility to teach or preach the Word of God. Good, sound, biblical
teaching can build people up in their faith, while bad teaching can tear people
down. Bad doctrine or bad preaching
destroys faith and causes people to think and live wrongly. In contrast, good
doctrine or preaching that is based on a right understanding of God’s word of
truth builds and strengthens faith. This can only be done when ministers handle
God’s word with the same care and precision that a good carpenter does with his
tools and materials.
tells ministers to remind their congregations about how to resolve disputes,
especially those caused by untrained or false teachers. People who follow after
rumours and opinions are more than a nuisance. They are a threat to the church,
and as such they must be dealt with quickly and decisively. When people try to
understand God through worldly views instead of through the Holy Spirit’s
discernment or through studying God’s Word, they are easily fooled by Satan’s
lies. The situation is made worse by untrained ministers.
danger in using an unapproved or untrained minister is that this person
literally misses the target of God’s teaching. As a result, he or she is prone
to promoting false teachings, which can destroy the faith of other believers.
Any doctrine that is not in accord with the Bible’s teaching must be cut out
just like a surgeon cuts out an appendix or cancerous tissue. If left
untreated, it will only spread and make the body of Christ sick. The spiritual
food of God’s word keeps believers and the church healthy.
are four attitudes that can diffuse any controversial situation and allow
believers to end foolish arguments without destroying opponents:
1.A gentle, tender spirit
2.A teaching spirit
3.A tolerant, patient spirit
4.A temperate, controlled spirit
form of correction has the potential to literally awaken people so that they
may escape the enemy. The word “patient” means “bearing evil without resentment.”
people in Paul’s time may have taken his teaching about the resurrection to the
extreme, especially his rhetorical question about needing physical resurrection
when we have been resurrected with Christ spiritually. Paul explains that the
physical resurrection of believers is necessary for sin and death to be
ultimately defeated. Christ’s own physical resurrection guarantees a
Christian’s future, physical resurrection.
visible, professing church is pictured as a temple that has God as its
foundation. It is made up of Christians and those who merely profess to be
Christians. These servants are either honourable or dishonourable. God knows
which ones are devoted to His use. He only wants holy people doing his work,
and holy people are those who are cleansed from wrong conduct and wrong
doctrine. Paul says that any dishonourable servants can become honourable servants
if they get rid of wrong influences and earthly priorities.
we want to be used by God, we have to purify our hearts. God uses all kinds of
people., but only if they are clean on the inside. If we want to purify
ourselves, we have to confess our sins, repent and accept Christ as our
commands us as Christians to “flee youthful passions,” and these are more than
sexual passions. They are the short-sighted cravings for personal pleasure or
gain, rather than for personal godliness. Youthful passions include any hunger
or ambition that distracts from our pursuit of true righteousness, faith,
clarity and peace. If we want to be Christians, we must live for God as Jesus
did. God’s love and grace doesn’t mean that we have permission to sin. They
give us the strength and desire to do His will.
well-known minister once used the example of the tools in a blacksmith’s shop
as an example of the tools God uses. The minister said that there are three
types of tools. There are tools on the junk pile: outdated, broken, rusty and
dull. There are tools on the anvil: melted down, molten hot, moldable,
changeable. There are tools that are useful: sharpened, primed, defined,
mobile. The tools in the last group are ready to be used by the master.
are all somewhere in the blacksmith’s shop. We are on one of the three piles,
and some of us have been on all three piles in our lives. If we take the
journey from the junk heap to the fire, and if we let God pound us on His
anvil, and if we discover God’s purpose for our lives, we earn the privilege of
being called “God’s chosen instruments.”
David: The Jeremiah Study Bible, New King James Version (Brentwood, TN: Worthy
Publishing; 2013, pp. 1720-1721)
Bible. Part of Wordsearch 11 Bible software package.