Building a Faithful Gospel Witness – 2 Timothy 1:6-18; 2:1-2January 13, 2019
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Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Last month in Louisville, KY, Mark Espinosa, an armored car driver disappeared with his truck and $850,000. A week later, in Rutherford, NJ, just over half a million fell out the back door of an armored car because the rear door had a mechanical issue. Cash went flying everywhere. Almost $300,000 remains missing.
Armored cars (trucks) are intended to protect and deliver. In order to deliver what was entrusted to them, first, they have to protect it. If a truck shows up to make a delivery, but the entrusted deposit flew out the back door on the way, it doesn’t matter. If the driver runs off with it, it won’t get there. Paul’s instruction to Timothy is much like that. Paul focuses protecting and delivering the gospel which has been entrusted to us.
Why is the gospel so valuable to protect and so central to the ministry of the church? How do we protect and deliver it? What practices do we have that are intended to ensure that we fulfill this obligation faithfully? How do we form our church life around this vital mission of the church to protect and deliver the gospel?