In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:.2 Timothy 4:1
Jesus has commanded us to make disciples of all the nations not to sit in a Church pew each week and get credit for attendance. Have you told anyone about Jesus lately? You can make a difference between life and death with your testimony.
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction 2 Timothy 4:2
How can you preach the gospel if you don’t know the gospel? It’s important not only to study the Word of God for your own instruction but to lead others. There are many false prophets and false religions out there, you will be led astray if you don’t know the true Word of God.
Also we need to be kind and patient to those who don’t know the Bible, don’t be quick to judge and rebuke everyone. Be a true teacher of the Gospel.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
The time has come now, false prophets and false religions have flooded the world. Prosperity Gospel encouraging people to follow God so he can make us wealthy is Satanic. The true Gospel of Christ is to deny yourself, carry your cross , and follow Jesus.
Nobody wants to teach about Hell and Demons because its not profitable or popular. But Jesus spent a majority of his ministry teaching about them, if Jesus thought they were important to know about, I’m sure they are.
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5
Ministry is not glamorous, there are no mansions or private jets. If there are the ministry is producing bad fruit and is false. True Christians are called to love one another including the poor and needy. If any ministry is spending money excessively on material items then there not following Gods commandments and are following there own.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Paul endured much persecution and suffering during his ministry, even to this day many still blasphemy his name. But he kept “fighting the good fight” because he knew this world is temporary but the Kingdom of God is forever. He has earned the “crown of righteousness” and we should strive to do the same as Ministers of Christ in Jesus Amen Amen