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Jan
15

The Church’s Responsibility To Share The Gospel

Paul wanted to visit Timothy in Ephesus, but was unsure of his ability to do so.  That is why he was writing this letter to Timothy.  Paul wanted Timothy to continue the work being done there and how to teach the people so they would know how they “ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15, NIV).
I love Paul’s description of the church in that verse.  There are four qualities of the church that are important to understand:
  1. The church is God’s household – we are a family, not a club
  2. It is the church of the living God – God is NOT dead, He is alive
  3. The church is the pillar of the Truth – the church upholds the truth
  4. The church is the foundation of the Truth – the church is built on truth

This is an awesome picture of God’s church.  We should not take the church lightly or treat it flippantly.  God’s design is that the church would be His missionary agency to the world.  God sent His Son to die for the world.  He sends His church into the world to share that good news with the world.  Our living God sends His family out into the world to share the truth upon which the church is built – that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of all humanity. 

We must be about the important business of preaching the Gospel, teaching the Gospel and living the Gospel.  We must do everything we can, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to share the life transforming, destiny altering love of God that has been expressed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Without hearing the Gospel, the world has no hope.  Let us commit ourselves to demonstrating and spreading the Gospel each and every day.

1 Timothy 3:14-16 (NIV)

Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,
    was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.

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