Redeeming The Forgotten Ones

Scriptural Text: 1Timothy 4:12-16 NKJV

Let no one [a]despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, [b]in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to [c] DOCTRINE14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the DOCTRINE. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (Emphasis).

In times like these when the church is gradually losing relevance in society, it’s important we revisit what made us relevant in time past and find our way back. We must become intentional about societal transformation because every society is a reflection of the church. The Church must therefore, be the standard for society.

The foundation of the Christian Faith is knowledge, knowledge that is intended to produce. And accurate knowledge is the product of accurate teaching of the Truth whose end is indoctrination. The Church is therefore, left with only one option; redeeming the art of teaching as a strategy for building strategic people.

However, the concept of indoctrination comes negative to so many believers because they are ignorant of its meaning. Indoctrination is about teaching and disciple making while on the other hand it is radicalization that is negative because it makes believers numb. We need to understand that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is an intelligent Gospel.

Apostle Paul was calling the attention of Timothy a Young Pastor to pay attention to Doctrine because in so doing he will save himself and those who listens to him. “Take heed to yourself and to the DOCTRINE. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” Vs 16. And indoctrinated People are empowered people.

Another important WAY the Church needs to redeem is her Language, because it is key to our identity but we have neglected it to our peril and we are paying dearly for it. The church was responsible for giving society its language which is evident throughout history, but today we are copying the language of the world into the church. The need to redeem our language for accurate expression is a critical foundation.

Jesus did not start a Church to raise disciples rather He raised disciples to start the Church. We must move from strategic planning to strategic people building because our whole essence of being believers is to give God access to the earth. Our primary trait must be the process of on-going maturity.