Unashamed of Christ and His Church
Rev. David Vandercook, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, AR and Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, AR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Timothy 1:8-18.
Although the Gospel brings with it suffering at the foolishness of the cross, Christians do not run from such suffering because the cross is truly God’s power to save. Therefore, Christians are not ashamed of the Word or of its servants. Those who serve as pastors are not saved or called because of their own works, but solely because of God’s grace. That grace is evident in God’s election to salvation from before the ages, which He has also shown forth in the death and resurrection of His Son. Paul is not ashamed of this and is imprisoned for it, and he urges Timothy to the same fearlessness. He must confess sound doctrine, choosing faithfulness over everything else. Though others in Ephesus have fallen into shame, Paul urges Timothy to remember God’s mercy by which Onesiphorus and all Christians are saved.
“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.