Life in the Christian Congregation
Rev. Clint Poppe, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2.
Paul gives further instructions concerning the lives of Christians within their various God-given vocations. Certainly all those who are older ought to be treated with special honor, but Paul also commands double honor for those who serve as elders, that is, pastors, within the Christian congregation. Not only should they be treated with respect because of the office of preaching and teaching they bear, but they also should be supported physically by those who hear and learn. Any pastor who persists in false teaching or sinful living must be rebuked, as must any Christian, in order to bring about repentance. Such purity comes not from what is or isn’t consumed, but rather from the good news about Jesus, which Timothy is charged to preach.
“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.