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That They May Know the Truth

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November 22, 2020 6:00 pm

That They May Know the Truth

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November 22, 2020 6:00 pm

Pastor Greg Barkman teaches from Paul's letter to Timothy in this Sunday morning message.

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Well November has been designated as missions month of bacon now for more than 40 years and every year some weeks before November. Your elders discuss and choose an appropriate motto and a corresponding text from Scripture for the purposes of highlighting missions month in the present year for this year 2020. The model which shows that the top of the Faith promise cards that you have received motto is that they may know the truth is words come out. Of second Timothy 225.

The suitability of those words to the cause of missions is very obvious that they may know the truth. We have no difficulty applying that to the work of missions and yet every year as I preach the missions month text on harvest day the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I discovered that sometimes these texts which have a very suitable phrase within them that applies to missions do not always as far as the text as a whole do not always apply directly to missions. Some have a different focus and only secondarily are they related to missions and such is the case this year and so my task as always is to explain the text, what it says what it means in its context. That's always my first responsibility but then also to go beyond that and to show how this text relates to the cause of missions. So that's what were going to do this morning.

Please follow me as we deal.

First of all with the context because we have to do that to get a text to properly understand the text. We have to understand that in its context. Secondly, we will examine the text itself to see what it says and then thirdly, we will apply the text to missions. First of all, the context of broader context and with this. I'm going to have to give you a brief summary of the epistle in which it is found second epistle Timothy and what was going on in that epistle that lends understanding to the text, and I think this is very important, but I wouldn't take the time to do this the author of this book. From a human standpoint.

As the apostle Paul and it is the very last epistle that he wrote least of the ones that are collected for us in the New Testament Scripture. It was written from the city of Rome during Paul's second Roman imprisonment and his final imprisonment, one from which she was not released and it was written shortly before his execution by Nero. The Roman Emperor.

The recipient of this particular epistle, which is pretty obvious to know is none other than Timothy who we have learned is the most trusted and faithful partner with Paul in his missionary endeavors and is in fact like Titus and a few others, a protégé of Paul wonder Paul has not only worked with in the ministry, but one that he is trained for ministry Timothy that he took as a very young man, and took with him on his missionary journeys and helped him to develop his gifts and to use them in the cause of Christ until he had become a very valuable and trusted partner in missions Timothy at the time this epistle was written has been assigned to the city of Ephesus in Asia minor as what I would call an apostolic emissary that is one who has been sent by Paul the apostle to oversee the work of the church in Ephesus. We don't know all the details of why that was done and why what it was considered necessary. We are aware that there already were appointed elders in the church should Ephesus fact we have a very substantial passage in the book of acts were Paul calls the Ephesian elders to meet him on his journey back to Rome. The ship stopped and he called them to meet them on the beach in heat address them.

So there were elders in the church at Ephesus, but evidently from the fact that Paul sent Timothy to to provide some additional oversight and from what we read, even in this epistle before us. It's pretty clear that the elders there somehow had more than they were able to handle.

There were difficulties going on in the church that they were just not sufficient to address and so Paul said Timothy Paul himself couldn't come. He was in prison. Paul said Timothy is most trusted partner, one who approved himself faithful over many years and told Timothy to take oversight to become as it were, the senior pastor to help direct the elders and to help direct the work of the ministry there so that it did not flounder during some competing technology is a wonderful just reminders it would be good. I did obtain your cell phones off when you come into the auditorium. I know I don't always remember myself, and they do go off that strange times that sometimes something well let's see you try to get my train of thought. Oh yes, Timothy to Ephesus. I pondered this the situation where Ephesus required an apostolic emissary to evidently bring things back into order and yet Corinth didn't seem to require that much additional help. We look at the official the epistle to the Corinthians, and we say that church which is riddled with problems. It had more problems in any of the churches that Paul founded. There were some pretty serious problems and yet evidently Paul was confident that the people there the elders there. The.

The leadership there was capable of steering that ship that church, through their problem through their problems to a safe landing. But in Ephesus that we would look at from the information we have in the Bible and consider that that church was probably in better shape than Corinth was for whatever reason, not able to do that without some outside help others something I want to talk to somebody about when I get to heaven. Paul or whoever is is qualified to give me some answers to this.

I would really like to understand this a little bit better, but any rate, that's where Timothy is season Ephesus overseeing the work there was no writing from prison and in the four chapters of second Timothy, I'm going to give you with summary of what takes place in chapter 1 the strong emphasis to Timothy on you. Be faithful to your call. Been called to ministry gifted for ministry to be faithful to your call you. Be faithful to your commitment you have committed yourself to ministry. You have publicly committed yourself to ministry. You have been set aside by the hands of the elders, the by ordination to the work of ministry not be faithful to that call.

Chapter 2 train others for ministry chapter opens by saying the things which you have learned from me, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be able to train her to teach others also. This is an ongoing process. Paul trained Timothy for ministry.

Timothy must now train people in Ephesus for ministry and as I say, it's evident that they needed some good strong leaders in the church and soak train others, but the chapter goes on and also emphasizes to Timothy.

Be willing to endure hardships and correct errors is that correcting errors part the comes into our text this morning. Chapter 3 expect opposition expect defectors expect persecutions. This is the kind of job that most people would willingly sign up for when you realize what's involved here. This is what Paul is communicating the Timothy and then in chapter 4 are two things that I would. I think our emphasize number one preach the word.

That's the that's the the solution to all the problems preach the word keep preaching the word. They constantly instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort the long soft suffering a doctorate, preach the word. That's the answer and the last part of chapter 4 Timothy come to Rome. I don't have much time, come come quickly bring my cloak bring my books and a few other things I need those things I need to see you before I die come to Rome. That would be an overview of what's going on in this epistle, now zeroing in to the context a little more precisely to chapter 2 for our text is found and a few more the details thereof, already given you some what we find in chapter 2 of already said it opens with an emphasis upon discipling others. The transmission of the burden and responsibilities of the ministry to others who are faithful and capable train faithful teachers so discipling about four D's for chapter 2, number two discipline is a pretty good section here verses three through 13. The talks about the self-discipline we talking here about personal disciplines. The self-discipline that's necessary for successful ministry. Paul talks about soldiers and how they have to be disciplined to be in the military to endure hardships about farmers how they have to be disciplined if they're going to be able to be successful in the work of farming and so forth to endure the necessary hardships that are attendant with ministry number three disputes. That's a long section, verses 14 through 23, where Paul takes a lot of time to tell Timothy avoid unprofitable arguments of all the things that Paul could talk about this might be one of the last ones that would occur to us lots of serious matters out there. Paul considers this serious avoid unprofitable arguments. That'll get you sidetracked. That'll get you derailed that will keep you from carrying out the proper focus of your ministry. Don't get sucked in to frivolous arguments. They are people who want to argue want to raise questions who want to keep you going round and round and as soon as you answer one question they got a raise another one and you should probably try to answer question or two from people like this because you don't know what they're like until this goes on for a little while when you have ascertained that that they're not really interested in answers are just interested in arguing. Then stop it is not profitable.

In fact, it's damaging. Stop it. Disputes avoid unprofitable arguments and then finally the chapter concludes with what I've called diligence patiently teach the truth that gets us to the text which is our chosen text for today.

So now we come to our text verse 25 and here's what we read in humility correcting those who are in opposition if God perhaps will grant them repentance so that they may know the truth. Now this text is actually in the middle of a larger unit you really can't even consider this text is versus a text by itself because it's in the middle of one long sentence.

That is begins in verse 24 and concludes with the of the chapter. You can see that in most Bibles the weights punctuated so I go back now and read verses 24, 25 and 26, and a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach patient in humility correcting those who are in opposition if God perhaps will grant them repentance so that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. So our text taking it now in this larger unit I'm going to break down into these three parts number one ministerial manner. That's verse 24, number two ministerial requirement. That's the first part of verse 25 in the number three ministerial reward. That's the last part of verse 25 in verse 26 ministerial manner. Paul talks to Timothy about the manner in which he is to conduct his ministry and I'm going to give you what he says and then will go back and read the verse again in verse 24, but here are the elements here are the requirements. Here's a description of the manner in which Timothy is to conduct his ministry. First, you must be humble to he must not be quarrelsome. Three. He needs to be gentle for able to teach five. He needs to be patient. You see that in verse 24 I just gave it to you.

One by one. Verse 24, and a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach patient. First of all, humble and where do I find that on the verse by what Paul calls Timothy. He is a servant of the Lord. A. Literally, a bondservant of the Lord which actually is a slave not much area for pride and that is there and you realize who you are. You are a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ that'll take the wind out of your sails. That'll that'll reduce some of the pride that we all have too much up. Keep that in mind, keep in mind that you are a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recognize your place as a servant, a bondservant, don't forget that that will keep you humble need that number two. Don't be quarrelsome and as I said, there's already been a long section that deals with that, but he returns to it again with this phrase don't be quarrelsome. Don't be drawn into senseless arguments and for your part. Don't delight in debates two sides to this number one, don't let yourself be sucked in. People are almost like a quarreling vacuum cleaner. They just come along and sweep up quarrels wherever they can find them and they're going to try to sweep you into their quarrelsome personality there quarrelsome lifestyle.

There delight in arguing and quarrels and you've gotta watch out for that. You gotta keep yourself from being sucked up into that kind of environment, but you yourself may have the tendency that's a personality trait of any people that they just enjoy, they would call it debating and there is a place for legitimate debate. Of course, which you gotta be careful crosses the line very quickly from legitimate discussions. The can be profitable if they carried out the right way but legitimate discussions that can pretty soon just turn into a choral system lifestyle where some people are just never really happy unless there argue with somebody about something not. You've got to guard against people like that around you that you will get pulled into their their problem, but you've got to guard against that in your own heart because many many times we have that tendency.

Don't wait for honest and we have to recognize that a good minister of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot cater to that tendency.

If he has it. Some do some don't, but anyone who does needs to recognize it and squelch it. Don't be quarrelsome. You can't conduct your ministry in a proper way.

If you are quarrelsome were talking about ministerial manner.

The way to carry out a profitable ministry of the word of God is not to always be arguing. It's not to carry out.

Carried out in an argumentative manner and argumentative tone in a fighting feisty approach that will come as a surprise to some people.

But here it is in the word of God. The Ironside had a very perspective is common at this point and he said it is difficult to be faithful to the truth without becoming quarrelsome.

It's difficult because on the one hand we are to contend for the faith. We are, we must we must, we don't do that.

We have not fulfilled our responsibility. But as were told here. We've got to do that. We've got to do that quiet spirit in humility, not in a quarrelsome manner so humble, not quarrelsome, gentle some of these characteristics overlap gentle means approachable, not intolerant, scornful, apt to teach a skillful teacher and a man should be in the ministry. If he doesn't show that aptitude course but obviously this is something that can be developed.

Something that you work on, hopefully for the rest of your life always trying to improve your skill as a communicator of God's word. This aptitude to teach the word that is found here translated, just able to teach is found two times in the New Testament the other times. At first Timothy 32 words found in the list of qualifications for an elder or bishop bishop, among other things must be able to teach or have a teaching aptitude is not set of deacons but said of bishops, overseers, elders, pastors, and it comes up again here, Paul is talking to Timothy in that capacity, and anyone who's going to be an effective minister must be a skillful teacher if he's not, you shouldn't be in that office and then patient. Some of these things keep going back around to the same idea patient patient when wronged.

Patient was slow learners. It's hard some people teach them gently. They don't get it digital again. They don't get it digital again. They don't get it. It takes wisdom to know. Are they just being obstreperous or are they just slow. The patient patient. The patient teacher began the patient to be patient when you are wrong.

You got to be able to tell the difference between personal slights and attacks upon Christ and upon the Bible and upon truth and of course those kind of attacks we are required to defend against, but personal slights we need to buy the help and grace of God by following the example of our Lord and Master, turn the other cheek the personal ones that the hardest ones actually to our flesh were more prone to rise up in indignation and anger with personal slights than we are. Perhaps the tax upon the doctrine of God's word but it's gotta be the other way around, defend against those attacks upon truth, but just let those personal insults slide by person, they probably are met personally. But don't take them person.

Be patient when room that's the ministerial manner. That's the way you gotta conduct your ministry Timothy.

What's the ministerial requirement. The first part of verse 25 is two things primarily number one correct those who are in error number two trust in God's sovereignty. This is our text or missions month text in humility correcting the who are in opposition correcting those who are in opposition, they must be corrected. You don't ignore it. Those who are opposing sound doctrine. Those who are opposing the gospel. Those who are opposing the word of God. Those who are who are causing Christians to be confused and turning away from the truth. You've got to correct them. But how do you do it again.

The emphasis how do you do it. Humility need humility not easy, that's the way it must be done. That's the way it must be done correcting those who are in error.

He's talking here about false teachers who are affecting the church. They are false. Professors are not genuine believers but there either in the church around the church is hard to tell exactly what the relationship is but there very much of you in fact going back to the overview of second Timothy get this reference to defectors and false teachers is peppered all the way through the epistle you find something about it in every chapter.

This helps us to understand who is talking about in our text chapter 1 verse 15 this you know that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom RFI jealous and Hermogenes is a reference to defectors and opponents. Chapter 2 verses 17 and 18 and their message she's referred to them earlier. Their message will spread like cancer hi many years in Filene. This, or of this sort who have strayed concerning the truth saying that the resurrection is already past and they overthrow the faith of some defectors, false teachers chapter 3 verses five through nine. He's talking about people who having a form of godliness that is they profess to be Christians having a form of Christianity in outward form having a form of godliness but denying its power. Because they've never experienced a regenerating power of the new birth to them.

It's all in their minds and all in their their ceremonies and rituals and what they identify with.

As Christians, but though having a form of godliness, denying its power. And from such people. What turn away that you're supposed to be with, impatiently up to a point. But when you realize what you're dealing with here the comes a point when you just have to cut them off from such turn away for of this sort are those who creep into houses and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth will will say something about that phrase in a moment. Now, as Janice and Jim Grace jamborees resisted Moses we don't know who these men were but they were somebody who openly opposed Moses in the Old Testament when he was leading the people of God. The some people think they were couple of the magicians and Egypt to who duplicated some of Moses miracles, whoever they were. Janice and jamborees resisted Moses so do these also the people he's talking about here.

These false teachers. They resist the truth men of corrupt mind disapproved concerning the faith. They don't they don't qualify as true believers think they are really not in the faith disapproved concerning the faith and so forth. And then chapter 4 verse three for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves. Teacher is talking about church members now and there when they when they turn from the truth what they want. They want pastors who will encourage them in their error. They want teachers who will reinforce their error. They want teachers that will tell them that their ungodly lifestyle is okay. You don't have to go very far to find that kind everywhere, even here in Alamance County chapter 4 verse 10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world. Verse 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his work. So you see, this is that this is peppered all through the epistle and this is what Paul is talking about when he says in verse 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition first to try to correct them and if they will be corrected. Then you turn away from them. Now you've got to bring correct truth to the people who have been affected by them. Watch out for this. Recognize that this that has been taught and some of you have heard it is wrong correcting though who are in opposition. So the first requirement of a faithful ministers to correct those in error. But secondly, always in everything you do. Trusting in the sovereignty of God because that's the last part of the text. If God perhaps will grant them repentance so that they may know the truth you correcting those who are in error is not what should I say is not your responsibility to bring about their change their correction when you're laboring with that goal in mind, but always remembering that the only one who can accomplish it is God Almighty, he must sovereignly do that he must grant them repentance, she must grant them a knowledge of the truth. God is able to turn enemies into servants. Nobody knows that better than the one who wrote this epistle, Paul, who was at one time saw on the road to Damascus who was in tensely persecuting Christians and God struck him down and saved him in turn. He was an opponent became a bondservant God can do. Don't forget that God can do that. She got arrested the sovereignty of God that regard, and then finally there's the ministerial award that is basically just guarding power conversions. That's the reward on earth is going to be rewards in heaven what are you looking for hereunder will here it is. Here it is. If God perhaps will grant them repentance so that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. God empowered conversions which involve God granted repentance.

God empowered knowledge of the truth. The truth knowledge in the Greek is gnosis, but here as often in the New Testament, it is epic gnosis. The full truth in this context would seem to be saying something like this. These people who claim to be Christians but obviously are not by their behavior and by their words. These people who say they know the gospel and they do, they could probably tell you what it is they haven't really experienced it.

They haven't come to a full knowledge of the truth, but that's what you desire, and God is able to do it and if you will be faithful.

You will see that happen at times that will be your wonderful reward that people like this will come to a saving knowledge of the true glory hallelujah praise the Lord and when they do they will become useful to the cause of Christ. They will come to their senses. They will escape the snare of the devil.

Those who have been captive by him to do his will that phrase so that they may know the truth is used elsewhere in the Bible, particularly in the context of coming to saving faith. This is knowing the truth of the gospel in a personal saving way you got it already. In this book chapter 3 verse 17 no chapter 3 verse seven on 17 we already read a moment ago. Of these, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth that verse you supposedly because I couldn't quite understand what he was talking about until until I began to realize that phrase knowledge of the truth is related to salvation. That's what he's talking about. That's what he's talking about always learning but never coming to the new birth people like that is a sense in which none of us ever come to the full knowledge of the truth in this world because were always study God's word always always learning more. So what's he talking about. He always study, never coming to the knowledge of the truth. This is what is talking about people who know a great deal about Christianity, but they've never come saving Christ. They never come to a heart knowledge of the truth.

That's what he's talking about here in our text to see it again in Titus 11 probably right there on the page in front of you, Paula bondservant of God and the possible Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and what the acknowledgment or the knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness that saving faith saving knowledge. The knowledge of God's elect. The knowledge of the truth so the ministers reward is to see God empowered conversions.

God granting repentance. God bringing people to salvation to a true saving knowledge of Christ in this text therefore applies to pastoral ministry and its context.

Paul is telling Timothy the pastoral ministry is challenging and pastoral ministry requires patience and pastoral ministry requires a forgiving spirit.

Pastoral ministry requires courage to proclaim the truth. Don't shave it don't shy away from it got to proclaim the unwelcome truth in a quiet, impatient and humble manner. Pastoral ministry requires diligence now that's the text. Let's look at it and its application to missions showing what it tells us in regard to missions is the necessity of two things when it comes to missions number one the necessity of human activity number two necessity of divine active for 50 there is necessary human activity. What is it the proclamation of God's word and humility.

Correcting those who are in opposition, in humility, boldly proclaiming the truth being willing to declare unwelcome truth but not in a provocative manner. School and coming back to that idea. I think one of the best examples of this is Paul on Mars Hill and we don't have time to analyze that sermon, but it's a wonderful example of this always in hostile territory always was preaching to learn good, highly educated pagans who he knew were going to find his message laughable and they did life before he was was over what one of things we cringe from his what were afraid that if we talk too much about our faith. People are going to ridicule it. We don't like to be ridiculed. Paul knew that he did get ridiculed before it was over, but he didn't come after him with his boxing gloves that the sermon is a is a marvel of contact and kindness and wisdom I see. He said I looked at all of these these altars around here.

All of these items: items with all of the statues in peace and I can see that you are a very religious people that would be one way to describe them. I can think of a few others and I know how some others might've described you rotten pagan idolaters taught idolaters worshiping tomorrow people repent or perish, but that isn't helpful is was an confrontation so bold proclamation and he was boldly touched on things that the further he went along his message, the harder they found him to swallow. He talked about is only one God is not made with hands, and you can't kitten you can't fashion an image of human that was a little hard for them to take finally got down talk to him about the resurrection from the dead. And that's when they started laughing out loud that anyone would believe in the resurrection, but that serve as a model of tact and humility, and wisdom.

In truth, he just kept touching upon important truths. He did it with courage to do with boldness. He did it with humility.

He did not do it in the provocative manner and he was patient and that's the whole idea. Here he's telling Timothy to do the same thing.

The human activity is mannerly behavior. Bold proclamation of patient expectation. If God perhaps if God perhaps will grant them repentance so that they may know the truth. We know that God is able to do that. We also know that God's enabling is indispensable if he doesn't do it, they're not going to repent. They're not gonna believe. We further know the God is sovereign, patiently subject to his sovereign will. If God perhaps none of this commanding God. None of this demanding God like some people do so audaciously and wickedly today, humbly, here's the truth I'm dependent upon God to apply it to hearts. Lord, please grant repentance. It's a gift of God grant repentance unless God grants it will remain proud and unrepentant grant repentance and grant a knowledge of the truth. Give them understanding open their minds open their hearts turn on the light short of the truth. Help them to understand who Jesus is and what he did upon the cross and why they need him to make them feel it in their soul. Make them understand their sin of their danger. Grant them repentance from sin and a full knowledge of the truth.

That's the necessary human activity, mannerly behavior, bold proclamation patient expectation because we also note the necessary divine activity. God must grant repentance we made that clear. Here's what the Christians in X. Chapter 11 said when Paul, Peter Reddick reported to them about Gentiles would come to believe in Christ when they heard these things, they became silent and they glorified God, saying, then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance the life we did know was going to do that we didn't think he was going to do that.

We thought he only granted repentance that brings eternal life to Joe's but God is granted that the Gentiles as well, but it's the gift of God. God must grant God must grant repentance. God must enable understanding and God asked sovereignly. This is the necessary divine activity in missions were talking about missions now how it applies to missions.

God asked sovereignly and he doesn't tell us why he does what he does and we can't demand that he's not obligated to tell us why he does what he does and remain proud and arrogant and rebellious when we demand that there are many reasons that are unknown to us, but one I think is this. We are shut up to God's divine prerogative in order to teach us humility in order to teach us surrender in order to teach us that we are creatures and he is the Almighty Creator.

That's the relationship that's the posture that we got to come to the soonest possible. The sooner the better. That's what's necessary. So being dependent upon God's sovereign activity is very important both for us as well as the work that we are engaged in, and I was thinking about this.

I thought about that him by Samuel Davies that I put somewhere great God of wonders, all thy ways. Stanza two such a deep transgressions to forgive such guilty sinners.

Thus, to spare. This is thy grand prerogative and in this honor.

None shall share who was a pardoning God like the two has gray so rich and free. In this honor. None shall share all we want to get a little piece of the action to get little piece of the glory. We want to get a little base of the credit we want to get a little piece God says no that's not show that's how this text applies to missions. On the one hand, we gotta remember that there is necessary human activity.

Nobody saved until they hear the gospel and it's our responsibility to preach it to God's sovereignty. Nobody is saying to God grants them repentance until God grants faith to grunt God grants them understanding and we've got to bow to God's sovereignty.

Let me quickly close with a few lessons number one personal evangelism. We all have friends and loved ones and strangers that would love to see come to faith in Christ. What is necessary for that to happen.

Number one, we must preach and number two, we must pray we must recognize the guys got to do it our loved ones. Our friends are hard relatives or neighbors are not going to come to faith in Christ until they hear the gospel, who is responsible for that we are. It's our responsibility. It's not shirk it. It's not misuse the sovereignty of God to shirk our responsibility to declare the gospel but we must pray why because we beseech the throne of heaven.

God will grant repentance that God will grant understanding that God will make these witnessing efforts effective. We need to understand that in personal evangelism.

We need to understand the same thing in worldwide evangelism.

We call that mission. Somebody's got to preach.

That means missionaries again have to go to the ends of the earth of people in other places, any of the gospel. Somebody must preach, which means somebody's got to go. Which means somebody's got to give financially to enable missionaries to go and it's a wonderful privileged for us to have a part in all of that and also somebody must pray and we can all do that we can all do that he faithfully and I would add this reminder. I think if we are wise will try to support those who best understand the gospel who understand the human responsibility and divine sovereignty, not just one part of that formula, but to understand both parts.

They understand the gospel best. They will then best represent Christ to others.

That brings me then to just say in the beacon faith promise missions program. These are some things that are going to be accomplished. Those who involve themselves in this will in large your involvement in missions and together will and large arc churches involvement in missions and during that run honor Christ with our believing activity were taking the great commission seriously were taking the need to get the gospel to the nation.

Seriously, we believe in that we demonstrate that not by simply saying so would buy truly getting involved and therefore we encourage and enable those who do go who are willing to leave the comforts of home and go to the ends of the earth to proclaim the gospel of Christ.

They need people to encourage the need people to pray for them and yes they need people to give the resources the money necessary for them to be able to do this. Furthermore, our involvement in this teachers as biblical principles of giving. In fact, as I tried to show you faithful involvement in this over a period of time is going to improve your ability to handle finances in every area of life. As you learn how to give more biblically you can alert how to manage money more successfully. You're going to be a better steward and no doubt a more blessed steward God's going to bless you for your desire to give in so involvement in the faith promise program blesses us in this life in many ways and lays up eternal rewards that can never be taken away, where moths cannot hold those gardens that you hate it when you think of garment you have it, one for a while.

Nice will garment you put it out.

You say will come from no law but in heaven, bonds shall not corrupt and rest will not corrupt and thieves will break through and steal and we've all heard the saying you can't take it with you. Yes and no, you can't but you can you really can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.

And that is the truth is not just being silly and trite. That is the truth.

You can send it on.

I had in Italy waiting you you get no where is the downside that I can't find so let's get involved that they may know the truth, shall we pray thank you father for the grace that saved us. Thank you father for the privilege of being involved in the work of the gospel proclamation. Thank you father for enabling us to do that help us Lord to be more faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his name we pray

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