Defending the Faith

Today’s text: Daniel 11 – 12    1 Timothy 1
According to legend, the above ad was placed in a London newspaper in August 1914 by Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. As the legend goes, literally thousands of men responded to the ad. I have often thought that the ad, with just a little tweaking, could be used in recruiting help in ministry. The journey can be hazardous indeed, the wages are small, and the elements can be truly harsh. Many who have labored in ministry can recall those long months when it at least felt like being in complete darkness. So why would anyone accept such a calling? In part the possible honor and recognition are a plus, but most serve because of love. Those whose hearts are stirred by the things of God, those who are drawn to study God’s Word, those who delight in prayer, those who are so thankful for the grace and mercy they have received that they feel they must do what ever they can to steer others away from the perils of sin and the horrors of hell. Those are the type that accept the duty and remain committed to the task so long as God gives them breath. In today’s text we find Paul addressing Timothy who was one that was straining under such a call.
Timothy was of mixed decent, his Father was Greek and his Mother a Jew. Paul had left him in charge at Ephesus. The teaching of false doctrines that promoted controversies rather than God’s work was a challenge that Timothy continually labored against. This epistle was written to instruct, empower and encourage Timothy in his labor. Paul recognized that all ministry should be based in sound doctrine. Like Timothy, our task is to reach the lost, encourage the faithful and defend the Faith by rightfully dividing the Word of Truth.


About Richard McGill

Hi, my name is Richard McGill and my family and I started attending CCC shortly after moving to the area eighteen years ago. Although eighteen years may sound like a long time it has past by so quickly. My wife, Sharon, and I have seen our four children grow and have twice experienced that bitter sweet day when we have loosened our grasp so that our children, could begin families of their own. Sharon and I have been more than rewarded for our sacrifices in that we again, on occasion, have in our home the squeals of laughter that only comes from innocence and youth. We revel in the titles that have been bestowed by sweet little voices and thrill to hear them say Papa and Memaw. In addition to our two married children we have two that are preparing for their future through education. Jenny is finishing her sophomore year at SIU and Alex will graduate from high school this spring. Throughout the past eighteen years I have been privileged to serve in several capacities at CCC. I have been a small group leader, greeter, usher, in the Easter production, on the worship team and have taught Sunday School. While I am honored to be asked to contribute to this most recent effort, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not still trying to find something that I am good at. View all posts by Richard McGill

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