Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15, 2012 | John Bayles | Time-Tested Testimony (1 Timothy 5:21-25)

In this text the Apostle Paul takes a moment to give Timothy a personal instruction in leadership development. It’s simple, really: don’t place a person in leadership too quickly.

But this simple rule is so often overlooked. How many of us have observed a person being placed in a leadership role because they were young, smart, attractive, well-spoken or more foolishly, because they were rich or held some prominent position in the community? In not so long a period of time, the shine wore off, a domineering character was reveled, or a past sin came to light, or a sinister motivation was manifest – “boy did we make a mistake choosing him/her!” But, too late the naive action of a quick choice brought a bad result.

This is today’s subject. In the midst, Paul gives Timothy another piece of advice about his personal health which we’ll seek to label as a historical particular or a universal normative. As Paul returns to his focus on leadership, he will give some of the most practical advice in the Scriptures – wait and watch.

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July 15, 2012 | John Bayles | Time-Tested Testimony (1 Timothy 5:21-25)

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