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2 Timothy 4 - Job #1

If the pastor's primary job is to preach, your primary responsibility is to listen!

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2 Timothy 4 Summary

There's no shortage of advice for what pastors ought to be doing, and certainly much of this advice is good. But the Bible's primary command to pastors is:

Preach the Word - This is job #1, and nothing should get in the way of it.

Notice how Paul writes preach the word, not just the gospel or the good news or even just preach Christ. Certainly all of these things are necessary subsets of the Word, but none of these concepts really make sense unless they are presented in the context of the entire Bible.

We must remember that most people don't want to hear the Word preached. It's not that people don't want to hear about God or Jesus or love or things like that, but they want to reshape God's revealed truth to fit their own preconceived categories and definitions.

Paul reminds Pastor Timothy that there will always be righteous sounding empty suits eager to fill this market with vanity and nicely decorated lies.

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