2 Tim 3 and the primacy of preaching

Todays McCheyne reading from 2 Tim 3:

“10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom [6] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God [7] may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

Paul reminds Timothy that he has set him an example to follow, not JUST in his teaching but also in how he lives his life. Relations with others, and certain characteristics including importantly persistance in suffering makes him worthy of being listened to. This is a good reminder for preachers of the need to share their lives with their hearers and is why despite the fact I love the internet and blogging I still believe that it should never take the place of a local church where all this teaching can be worked out in intimate relationships like the one Paul had with Timothy. Reading words doesnt change us rightly HEARING a preacher proclaiming not just with words but with his life will.

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