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1 Timothy

May 09, 2021 | Randy Gunter

Recruiting Soldiers of Truth and Faith

Recruiting Soldiers of Truth and Faith

Throughout Paul’s letter to Timothy, he teaches how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15 ESV)

 False teaching is the doctrine of demons. Untruthfulness about God’s word is part of Satan’s strategy to undermine the kingdom of God and to keep people on a broad path of eternal destruction.

By God’s design, the church and its leaders must be solidly grounded in biblical truth, upholding and living it consistently.

18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (1 Timothy 1:17-20 ESV)

Coming to the end of the first chapter, Paul demands Timothy to be a good soldier—wage the good warfare. You and I have the same call.

We need warriors today to wage the good warfare, warriors to receive the call and command of the Lord.

Jesus charges us with gospel duty.

The word Paul used communicates a military command from an officer to a soldier; it is a military order.

MeadowBrook needs tenacious people like Timothy, people willing to accept the call of gospel duty and stay the course no matter how difficult it is to fight the fight of faith.

Such people are duty-bound. They don’t quit, and they are undeterred. Though their assignments may change, they stay the course of serving Christ faithfully.

Some of you have experienced ministry battles. You know the wounds and pains of being a soldier of Christ. However, what the enemy does to you does not change your call and commission. You are to execute the duties of a Christian soldier faithfully, regardless of the challenges.

Jesus entrusts us with gospel ministry.

God has entrusted every person alive in Christ with spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities. Furthermore, he strategically places each of us in various times and places to accomplish his purposes.

Be proven trustworthy.

 Our responsibility is to keep faith and a good conscience.

To keep faith is to remain steadfast to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is revealed clearly in the Old and New Testaments. Thus, faith comes from the word of God and focuses on Jesus. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17 ESV)

Paul intertwines faith and conscience repeatedly; he views them as interlocked. With purity of doctrine comes purity of heart and soul. Like Timothy, we are to guard both.

How do we do that? We guard faith by staying true to the Bible, believing its inerrancy and that it is the whole counsel for living. In other words, we don’t read it selectively or progressively.

“There is an inseparable link between truth and morality between right belief and right behavior. Consequently, theological error has its roots in moral rather than intellectual soil. (John MacArthur)

In the days of Paul and Timothy, Hymenaeus and Alexander attempted to steer the church and others to shipwrecked faith. The fact is, Satan will always use people to lead others astray. You and I are to be decidedly different.

Our Challenge:

  • Be good soldiers fighting for truth and doctrine.
  • Receive your call of duty and be trustworthy of gospel ministry.
  • Commit yourselves to hold faith and good conscience.

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