Among other needs in the Church today, there is a desperate need for “faithful men” (2 Timothy 2:2). While there has always been a great need for these kind of men, the last few decades have proven that pastors, leaders, husbands and fathers have fallen far short of God’s standard. The word “unfaithful” has been all too common in church news. The answer is not, as some say, ‘raising the bar or standard’. God’s standard has always been there in His Word. The problem has been in our acceptance of God’s authority in His standard, the Word.
As Paul quilled his last letter to Timothy in late AD 67, shortly before his death under Nero in AD 68, he expresses some deep concerns that are still present today. Paul was bound by chains, but his mind and spirit were focused on how the Church would move forward. It would largely be through “faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Let me explain this phrase as clearly as I can. You cannot claim to be “faithful” if you are not discipling others to be “faithful”! In other words, “faithful men” look past where God has placed them and their work to every generation that follows.
Because this responsibility has not been taken seriously, we are not multiplying godly leaders who are willing to disciple others. In the last year, the NFI team have become more and more concerned that we invest in faithful men who will multiply themselves even if we are gone. This takes clear spiritual vision and a single dedication to training that establishes and encourages. I invite you to log in tomorrow as we look at specific details of what a “faithful man” looks like.
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