2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
If all Bible-believing Christians would follow the directive given in 2 Timothy 2:2 this world, this nation, and each city, town, village, hamlet, and community would be a far different place than we see now.
The Bible text in 2 Timothy 2:2 does not relieve women of responsibility to get the Gospel out. Acts 18:26 shows most plainly that Priscilla had an important part in bringing needed correction to Apollos.
The ONLY solution to all the nonsense of violence in our major cities, even Detroit, is to get the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ out to the individuals who engage in this behavior.
Soul winning (Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3) and discipleship ministry (2 Timothy 2:2) is the only way to get the Gospel out effectively. It has to be done one on one, persistently, consistently, with follow-up evangelism (Hebrews 3:12, 13).
It MUST be a Bible-centered effort, not a denominational outreach. It must lead to spiritual fruit in lives of people who then go out and reach others–their sons and daughters, brothers, nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles, friends, acquaintances, boy friends, girl friends, classmates, neighbors, and everyone else.
Soul winning and evangelism does not take place in church. True Christians who are solidly grounded in the Bible (Colossians 1:23; 2:7) must engage in reaching out to the lost.
Do you know how to help another person to find Christ as their Savior, how to help another person enter a personal and continuing, growing, personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ? If you don’t, then you have some growing to do! You can learn all about these things by carefully reading and re-reading the New Testament for yourself.
You will likely discover that when others see Christ in and through you, and discern that you are a knowledgeable, Biblically literate Christian, both saved and unsaved people will come to you with their questions. When that happens, they have given you permission to answer their questions (or they would not be asking you), so that becomes an opportunity to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with them. That is one way people can be reached for Christ.
When people are truly reached for Christ, they will no longer engage in the kind of negative behaviors that make the news almost every day.
Once a person comes to genuinely know Christ as personal Savior, it is important that each person be taught how to grow spiritually by reading and studying the Bible for themselves. They need to be taught to pray. They need to be taught to witness to others about faith in Christ. They need to be encouraged to fellowship with others who truly believe in Christ.
Home Bible study groups are also an effective means of spiritual nurture (1 Corinthians 16:15, 19). Fellowship cannot take place in groups larger than about ten people. When a group naturally grows larger, train leaders in the group to start additional groups that meet weekly in their homes or other suitable locations.
Just doing church with one central gifted pastor in the lead won’t cut it. We are using the wrong model when we think the pastor must do all the teaching and do all or most of the soul winning. No wonder the churches are stifled and powerless. We all have a job to do when it comes to reaching others with the Gospel so lives can be changed.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1410 for 2 Timothy 2:2.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1431 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for 2 Timothy 2:2.
(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 154 of the NT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for 2 Timothy 2:2.
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