2 Timothy 4:1-5 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
We wrapped up 2 Timothy at church yesterday and while I love this entire book, I was thinking on these few verses in particular. It would be easy as a layperson to think that preaching the word only applies to pastors, after all — Paul was writing to Timothy. But obviously, we too have the responsibility of evangelism so we cannot neglect this instruction.
In practice, our preaching the word will probably look very different from the sermon a pastor delivers on Sunday morning, but we should still be willing to share it with our Christian brothers and sisters and with non-Christians.
Reprove, rebuke, exhort…
Personally it’s easy for me to remember this part of the verse and neglect the “with great patience and instruction” part that comes afterwards.
We live in a time when there are plenty of ear tickling preachers and teachers. It is vital that we be willing to share the truth “in season and out”