Preach the Word!
2 Timothy 4:1-9
TBC Pastor's Conference
Introduction: Several years ago The British Weekly published the following ;
Dear Sir: It seems ministers feel their sermons are very important and spend a great deal of time preparing them. I have been attending church quite regularly for thirty years, and I have probably heard 3,000 of them. To my consternation, I discovered I cannot remember a single sermon. I wonder if a minister's time might be more profitably spent on something else?
For weeks a storm of editorial responses ensued, finally ended by this letter.
Dear Sir: I have been married for thirty years. During that time I have eaten 32,850 meals-mostly my wife's cooking. Suddenly I have discovered I cannot remember the menu of a single meal. And yet.- I have the distinct impression that without them, I would have starved to death long ago.
2 Timothy 4 records the last will and testament of the aged Apostle to his beloved son in the faith. It is a charge for Timothy to step forth and remain true to the calling of God in his life. He is exhorted to preach the word!
I. AN URGENT PROCLAMATION
A. Be ready is not a call to alertness and eagerness, but of insistence and urgency.
B. Richard Baxter; " Whatever you do, let the people see that you are in good earnest. You cannot break men's hearts by jesting with them, or telling them a smooth tale, or patching up a gaudy oration. Men will not cast away their dearest pleasure upon a drowsy request of one that seemeth not to mean as he speaks, or to care much whether his request be granted.
C. In season and out of season: Preach when it is convenient and inconvenient. Preach when the Word is being received with gladness and when it is not. Preach when it is being welcomed and unwelcome. We are to be on duty at all times.
D. Preach the Word. Includes sound doctrine (3), the truth (4), and the faith (7). The charge is laid upon the church of ev ...
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