Paul writes to Timothy:
- Kindle afresh the gift of God
- Join in suffering for the gospel
- Retain the standard of sound words
- Guard through the Holy Spirit the treasure which has been entrusted to you
- Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus
- Entrust the words to faithful men
- Continue in the things you have learned andbecome convinced of
- Be ready to preach the word
A quick study of the exhortations and instructions in 2 Timothy clearly shows the importance of protecting the truth of God’s Word, but also of entrusting the gospel to others who will be faithful to pass the truth on to others.
Our staff and people across the country joined together to study this wonderful letter from Paul who was facing death in a Roman prison. He believed that Jesus Christ was the only way to enter the kingdom of heaven. Paul desired to take that gospel to places it had never been before, in hope that those who heard these truths would be plucked from the pit of hell and given a place to dwell in God’s house. This is the promise Jesus left us with: That He would go to prepare a place for us and then return to take us home. This is the hope that comes through the gospel. After Jesus departed, He told the apostles that they would be His witnesses to the remotest part of the earth. Paul became one of these witnesses who took the gospel to those who had never heard it.
Paul, now in prison, makes a profound statement in 2 Timothy 2:8–9:
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.” Did you see what Paul did there? He would soon lose his life for the gospel, and be beheaded to keep him from further sharing the truth of Jesus Christ. But Paul essentially says, “men can be silenced but God can’t be.”
It’s now September 2015 and God’s Word is still going forth. Students and leaders are gearing up for their Fall classes, and thousands of people will be immersed in this life-giving book in the hope that they will meet God in a way that they’ve never met Him before. Lives will be changed, people will be saved from the pit of hell, and most importantly, God will be glorified because this is why our ministry exists. We exist to glorify God by establishing people in God’s Word.
In studying 2 Timothy, God has made it very clear what we need to make sure we do, and that is to retain the standard of sound words, guard the treasure, and entrust it to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Do you see why Precept Ministries and the inductive study method is so valuable when it comes to guarding the treasure? Do you see a world where the truth and the moral standard continues to become greyer than it is black and white? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, then I need you to join me in ensuring the standard of truth is not only retained but guarded even to the point of suffering for it. Paul was willing to give up everything for truth. When the time comes, will you be willing to make sacrifices in the areas of finance, relationships, and career or even to the point of laying down your life to protect and guard God’s Word?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Paul tells Timothy the time is coming but we now see the time is here, people are already not enduring sound doctrine. Listeners don’t want to hear the truth of righteous living; they want a maligned truth that makes them feel good about how they live their lives. Listeners are seeking out teachers who teach according to their desires. Friends, I believe we’re coming closer to the return of Jesus Christ and now is the time to guard this treasure and make sure we entrust it to those who will be faithful with it.
Will you join me in guarding the treasure? Will you join me in ensuring God’s Word is entrusted to the faithful who will pass it on? Our ministry needs your financial and prayer support to make this happen. There are so many people and so many places that we’re hoping to go and bring the treasure to. We have unreached places like Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and so many other places. Our country is starving for truth and we have practical tools, a proven method, and experienced trainers to help ensure the hungry people of Canada are equipped in God’s Word.
Please prayerfully consider partnering with us in the following ways:
- Join our E-Team as an on-going monthly financial partner. We’re praying that God will raise up 40 new members by December 1, 2015. I’ve included information on our E-Team for you.
- Make a one-time financial contribution of any amount to ensure that this ministry remained focused on our calling to guard the treasure.
- Join us in becoming a new 40-Minute Bible Study Leader. This no homework tool is being used globally to establish millions of new people in God’s Word.
- Become a prayer partner and immerse the staff, leaders, and students across the country in prayer.
Brothers and sisters, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing how God will work in your heart. We believe in this ministry so much that I and others on staff are E-Team members. Our heart’s desire and our calling is to ensure Canadians are established in God’s Word. Please join us!
It is through your prayers and God's faithfullness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us a vision to reach 30,000 new Canadians with Inductive Bible study. And we can see that it is truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not yet. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.
Blessed by your partnership,
Mark Sheldrake, National Director