Are There Topics That We Are Afraid To Preach?
In Galatians 1:10 Paul says, "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." He tells his young apprentice Timothy in his letter to him in 1 Timothy 4:12-ff "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come; devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you." In his 2nd Letter to Timothy Chapter 4: 1b-ff "I give you this charge: Preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage. For the time will come when men 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. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."
The questions for discussions: Are there some issues we avoid as ministers? If so which ones? Why? or Why not? What would you consider sound doctrine? Has what the Church of Christ considers sound doctrine changed over time? Why? Has your view of sound doctrine changed over time, too? If so why? If not, why not? What should be our guide for sound doctrine? Are Churches hiring preachers to preach topics on what they want to hear? What happens when sound doctrine isn't preached in the Church? What happens to Christians too? As ministers, how are our lives and our doctrine closely related? What are myths that teachers might teach? Do we hear myths today? What are they? As ministers how do we keep our head above all situations, endure hardships, do the work of evangelists, and discharge all the duties of our ministries? Have you had the elders lay their hands on you pray a blessing over you and your ministry? If so, how did it feel? Should it be practiced today?
I know I asked a lot of questions that we can discuss. You can pick any of the of questions that I have asked regarding these passages. I hope this will be a great discussion for us all.
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