by Jeff Schreve

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The Lord’s Bond-Servant (7 of 13)
Series: Famous Last Words
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Timothy 2:23-26

If you have your Bible, turn to 2nd Timothy chapter 2. You know, there's a special name for 2nd Timothy and for 1st Timothy and for Titus. Those three letters that Paul wrote, two to Timothy, one to Titus, they're called the Pastoral Epistles. They were written from Paul, the great apostle, to younger guys, who were pastors of churches. So we learn from these. But we also know that there are certain messages that are just kind of tailored. Paul is telling them how to pastor. He's teaching them how to do it. And I'm glad that he did, because it's a help to pastors. It's a help to me. Becoming a pastor and being a pastor it may look easy but it's not easy. And when you first start out, you make a lot of mistakes.

I still remember my first church. I'm in North Carolina. I'm going to seminary. And the Lord opens a door. You know, at first, there was no opportunity for me, and I was thinking, Man, did I miss God? What am I doing here? I surrendered my life to preach, and there are no opportunities to teach or preach or do anything. And Harold O'Chester, my pastor, when I was in college, he came to the seminary and he preached and I talked to him afterward. And he told me, he said, “Jeff, you need to go into that office of the guy at the school here and that places people in different churches, and just tell him you'll go anywhere and you just want to have an opportunity to preach.” And he said, “You need to let that guy know that you're chomping at the bit.” And so I did that. And, lo and behold, a couple of weeks later he turned my name into a church, and they called me and I got to go there. Now this church was small. I had been used to a large church, coming from Champion Forest in Houston. This church was small; I mean, really small. The first Sunday I was there, there were eleven. And I was like, wow! I mean, I was thinking to myself, Hey, let’s all get in my ...

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