“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15
The books of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus are known as the Pastoral Epistles. Timothy and Titus were two young men whom Paul was training to carry on in the Gospel once he was gone.
Paul understood the fact that truth is constantly under attack in this world. During his years of ministry he had seen the attacks on the truth. Paul knew that those attacks would continue long after he was gone. He wanted these men - he wanted us - to be rock solid in our stand upon the truth!
In these three letters to these young men, Paul...
referred to truth 13x.
referred to doctrine 17x.
But, the question could still be asked, “Pastor Campbell, why did you choose Truth as our theme for 2021?”
Although the Lord impressed this theme upon my heart many months ago, He used some research to impress upon my heart the importance of this theme.
In research that was conducted in 2019, Barna found that 47% of Christian millennials agree at least somewhat that it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone in the hopes that they will one day share the same faith. The title that Barna put this research was...
Now, while I may not understand their thinking (speaking of millennials) behind this, I have to wonder if this could be partially attributed to this:
Do they really believe that they have the truth?
Do you really believe that you have the truth?
Do we, as a church, really believe that we have the truth?
While this is just the beginning to our theme for 2021, please consider this:
Truth matters. Especially when it’s gone.
Chappell, Paul. Keep the Faith: Standing for Biblical Truth, Discerning Ministry Trends, Reaching forward with the Gospel (p. 8). Striving Together Publications. Kindle Edition.
In 2021, as individuals and as a church, let’s recommit ourselves to the truth!