In April 2009, John Piper, Philip Ryken, Mark Driscoll, K. Edward Copeland, Bryan Chapell, and J. Ligon Duncan gathered in Chicago at The Gospel Coalition National Conference to preach through the book of 2 Timothy and encourage the faithful proclamation of the gospel.
Based on the six messages given at the 2009 national conference, Entrusted with the Gospel serves as a strong reminder to the church of the glorious weight of Scripture. And to it’s leaders, the great responsibility of being entrusted with the gospel. These pastors discuss unashamed courage in gospel preaching, rightly dividing the word of truth, pitfalls and parodies of ministry, and finishing well.
Preview of the six chapters:
- John Piper: Feed the Flame- Expounding on 2 Timothy 1:1-12, Piper speaks of the necessity of feeding the “white-hot flame of God’s gift—of unashamed courage to speak openly of Christ and to suffer for the gospel. Feeding the flame is a continuous, on-going action. Continuous feeding of this flame requires courage, found only in God.
- Philip Ryken: The Pattern of Sound Words- Examining 2 Timothy 1:13-2:13, Ryken unpacks the apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy to follow the call to faithful ministry, following the pattern of “sound words” that he had heard from Paul, words grounded in the gospel. A faithful minister keeps the faith, living a life shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Mark Driscoll: The Marks of a Positive Ministry- Driscoll bases his message on 2 Timothy 2:14-26, emphasizing the need for church leaders to be positive. “The are trusting, supportive, and encouraging. They build bridges and mediate conflict.” Driscoll lays out 20 marks of a positive ministry, including positively emphasizing what you are for, not against, and positively practicing repentance before preaching it.
- K. Edward Copeland: Shadowlands: Pitfalls and Parodies of Gospel-Centered Ministry- Using 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Copeland stresses the pitfalls that pastors should avoid, which include wasting valuable time on recreational preaching, misdirected self-love, performance without belief, and impersonation of true gospel-ministry.
- Bryan Chapell: Preach the Word!- Chapell looks to 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5 to emphasize the importance of adhering to orthodoxy. Paul is stressing to Timothy the point that the Bible must be believed, and false teachers kept from creeping into the church. Chapell reminds us that God speaks to us through his Word, and when we believe the Bible, we hear God’s voice, see him work, and know his heart.
- J. Ligon Duncan: Finishing Well- Finishing up the study with 2 Timothy 4:6-22, Duncan warns of the danger of seeking to change the gospel message to fit a particular time or culture.
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