Priorities for the Church

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
In this encouragement from the Apostle Paul to the young evangelist three points can help us as we consider our work in the church.
First, notice the importance of childhood training. Timothy?s spiritual instruction began with childhood. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of training children in the faith from the earliest years. The teaching which occurs in our Bible classes, at special events such as church camp or Vacation Bible School, and – most importantly – in our homes is a vital aspect of the Lord?s work.
Second, not only did Timothy receive instruction from his youth, but Paul tells us the content of this instruction. Timothy had been trained in Scripture. We must be careful never to dilute our message with other things. The Bible must remain central in our work as God?s people.
Third, the result which came from this training was salvation. As we teach children, teenagers and adults the ultimate goal of our instruction is the salvation of their souls.
Keeping these things in mind provides a perspective on the work of the church which can keep us in balance. While there are many good things we can do in the Lord?s service, we must not neglect our central mission of teaching the gospel.

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