Fight the Good Fight
Rev. Tim Storck, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chesterfield Township, MI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 Timothy 6:11-21.
Paul concludes his first letter to Timothy by repeating his charge to the young pastor. Not only must he flee from false doctrine and the love of money, but he must run toward the good gifts that God gives through His Word. The fight of the faith leads to resurrection and eternal life for Timothy and his hearers. His bold confession of the faith before the world is given in the presence of God the Father, who gives life, and in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, who made the good confession Himself as He suffered for the salvation of sinners. Because He will return at the appointed time set by the Father, Timothy is given boldness to proclaim the truth until that Day. Until that Day, the rich in possessions must remain rich in good works, and Timothy and all Christians must hold onto the good deposit of teaching that delivers Christ crucified for sinners.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.