But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a formContinue reading “Understand this…”
We need a more purposeful pursuit of Christ. We need to be more engaged with our own personal pursuits, but joined with other believers as well. Not just from a distance, like a book or podcast… but face to face. Challenge yourself to grow… and to do so with others in your life.
It’s not about how you start… it’s how you finish. Spiritual leaders look back and reflect on the goodness of God. And it’s not always a pleasant place of reflection. Paul was in prison and the executioner was down the hall.
Paul had the leading of the Spirit to see Timothy and invite him to come alongside in ministry. Paul had watched Timothy develop. He could see the potential and the gifts flowing in Timothy’s life and ministry.
I’m not so much into the “prophetic” in our American charismatic model. That has soured me to the point where I haven’t really put much stock in trying to figure out “what’s ahead.” It’s a fear of “looking wacky.”
There are some who seem to revel in the ability to rebuke. They attack like a machine gun. No prisoners taken. Spiritual leadership has a necessity to be strong, but there is a level of gentleness that is applied as well.
Some thoughts on spiritual leadership from 2 Timothy. Before, I looked at the prayer life of a spiritual leader, and the encouragement of a spiritual leader. Spiritual leaders should also live as “Exhibit A.” Spiritual leaders don’t “teach” the way. They show the way.
I am reflecting on some key principles of spiritual leadership as I reflected on 2 Timothy last week in a personal retreat. The first key was prayer. The second principle is encouragement. Paul was one to call out spiritual gifts and help develop those gifts in others.
Our reading for this Sunday is Philippians, 1-2 Timothy, and Titus. As I read through 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5, I am once again convicted by these words. These verses are probably core to why the Spirit has led us on this journey as a church to read the entire New Testament this summer. 2 Tim. 3:16-17Continue reading “The Core of Why We Must “Eat This Book””
25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. But mark this: There will be terrible times in theContinue reading “Speaking the Truth Doesn’t Always Work Out”