Jun 10, 2017
With today’s episode, we’ll be wrapping up our study of Second Timothy. I’ve entitled this episode, “A Final Word of Warning” because, in it, we will see that Paul closes out his letter to Timothy with some strong words of encouragement and admonition. He wanted Timothy to run the race well and to finish strong. Paul knew that the days ahead would be difficult for his young protégé, and that he would need to remain committed to the cause of Christ, no matter how bumpy the road may become. The role Timothy had to play was multifaceted, requiring compassion as well as tough love. Timothy would need to preach the Word to those who would listen, but also rebuke those who refused to accept it. The temptation would be to sugar coat the truth and to alter the message to make it more acceptable. The lure of popularity is always a real threat to any pastor/teacher. But you don’t build a strong church by building a large following. You don’t grow believers by growing your reputation.