2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:14-18‬‬‬

“Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them. Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.”

2 Timothy‬ ‭2:14-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There is a type of pull in ministry to excite the congregation by means of verbose spectacle. To this end, we see many preachers come to fortune and fame, not by humble gospel work but by how they control a stage. It is fascinating how it seems that Jesus was articulate to the point of saying a lot with very few words. His call to discipleship wasn’t focused on the the method of delivery of the gospel so much as it’s application and adherence. Paul, when faced with false teachers warns Timothy to stay simple. To be effective as a worker for God, he should deliver a simple gospel, with an emphasis on life application over exuberant presentation. This is how he will be an approved spokesman for God. In today’s world of free social platforms and consumer level studio quality, it can become tempting to make these things your pastoral focus. Paul highlights that this temptation is not new amongst believers and church workers. However, we should be diligent in defending the simple gospel. We must allow it the opportunity to shine on its own. The more dressing we apply to its message, the more we block its light from shining.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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