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REKINDLING THE FIRE
II Timothy 2:6-14
Once God prompted His evangelist to write a letter to a
young pastor. Actually it was the second letter of Paul to
Timothy. In the opening chapter Paul reminds Timothy of
some things they had in common -- some very vital things.
"I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of
God ... for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but
of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou
therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord ... Hold
fast the form of sound words, which thou hast of me, in
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing
which was committed into thee keep by the Holy Ghost which
dwelleth in us."
Wayne Ward of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is
one of my favorite Bible teachers. I just received some
cassette tapes of his lectures on I Peter. Vance Havner
says that so many have quit reading books and instead
listen to tapes. We used to be bookworms, now we are
tapeworms. As Dr. Ward introduces the Bible Study he
gives the background of the book. He declares what we
all know. In Bible Study it is important that we know who
wrote the book and to whom it is written. But, he reminds
us, the ultimate word is that God is the author and we are
the ones to whom the Bible is written.
In these lines our Lord is saying some very important
things to evangelists and pastors.
The key word is "remember." Remember your calling.
Remember your calling is to preach the Word of God. Remember
when you preach the Word of God you will be preaching Christ.
And remember, your calling is to preach the Word of God
First, remember your calling. "I put thee in remembrance
that thou stir up the gift of God." Remember, reflect, recall
how God has called you to preach the gospel. Because He has
called you to preach the gospel, because He has called you
He has gifted you for your calling. Stir that awareness into
a hot flame. Don't f ...
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