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2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NIV84)

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 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.

I’m attending Annual Conference 2018 this week – Wednesday thru Friday. We’re meeting in Baltimore – Maryland. Last night we went till well after 11 pm. We were in Clergy Executive Session voting on candidates for ordained ministry. There were some serious issues that arose. I will share more on this later – since we were instructed to wait for official publications to announce the results of our votes.

At our Annual Conference and at the Specially called General Conference in 2019 – some serious issues will be discussed that will help to shape us as a denomination – as a people of faith. Some will be unhappy with the votes taken and decisions made. What we need to remember is that we should not be seeking our will – but rather God’s will in all that is before us. As an Evangelical Conservative – I believe that God’s will is in harmony with God’s Word – at all times.

God – thru Paul – was giving a young pastor Timothy some instructions in today’s passage. Here is it in partial context. 2 Timothy 4:1-8 –  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: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 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. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 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.

We must remain faithful to God’s Word – to God’s truth. We should not allow social norms to become norms for us if they are contrary to the truth found in God’s Word.

Please keep us in your prayers as we meet at Annual Conference – and it is not too early to begin praying for General Conference 2019. If there is a way to remain united as the church while following God’s Word – I am all for it. I will not sacrifice God’s Word for unity however and I believe many agree with me.

Something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

 

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May 31, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. It was announced this morning that the two candidates in same gender marriages were disqualified from ordination by our Bishop according to our denominational rules including the Book of Discipline and the Judicial Council rulings. We prayerfully prepare for General Conference in 2019.

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    Comment by raymcdonald | May 31, 2018 | Reply

  2. Good morning Ray. What came to my mind as you shared here, is Mark 7:6-23. The “tradition of men” reference is in our time, in the UMC particularly, the “connection “.
    The urgency to set aside or compromise the clear word of God in order to hold this tradition of men.
    Just a thought. What is it to pick up the cross in the current context?

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    Comment by Dennis Whitmore | June 1, 2018 | Reply


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