Exemplary Living

Last Sunday, Pastor Ken Lewis begin a three-part series called Entrusted. Ken preached the message: “Entrusted with the Gospel,” from 2 Timothy 1:3-12, and we considered our holy calling as unashamed stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Specifically, we learned that those who are entrusted with the gospel suffer for the gospel, rehearse the gospel, and proclaim the gospel.

Read: 2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:1-2

This Sunday, Pastor Jeremy Chasteen will preach the sermon: “Entrusted with the Mission,” from 2 Timothy 1:13-14, and will call us to follow the example of Paul and Timothy in the mission of making disciples. As you prepare your heart for our gathering, let this devotional from John MacArthur help spur you on to this end.

Reflect: “Exemplary Living”

“Having summoned His twelve disciples . . .” (Matt. 10:1).

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A good example is the best form of teaching.

Matthew 10:1 is Christ’s official commissioning of the twelve men He handpicked to serve beside Him during His earthly ministry. Mark 3:13 says He “summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him.” In John 15:16 He tells them, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit.” This is not their call to salvation but to service. With the exception of Judas, they were already saved. Before the foundation of the world God chose them to be redeemed in Christ, and they had responded accordingly. Now Jesus was calling them to a specific ministry.

God always chooses those who will be saved and serve within His church. But between salvation and service there must be a time of training. For the disciples it was a period of three years in which Jesus Himself trained them as they experienced life together from day to day. That’s the best form of discipleship. Classrooms and lectures are helpful, but there’s no substitute for having a living pattern to follow—someone who models Christian virtue and shows you how to apply Biblical principles to your life.

Paul understood the importance of such an example. In Philippians 4:9 he says, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things.” He said to Timothy, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:12). Peter followed suit, admonishing the church elders not to lord their authority over those in their charge but to be godly examples (1 Peter 5:3).

Whether you’ve been a Christian for many years or just a short time, you are an example to someone. People hear what you say and observe how you live. They look for a glimpse of Christ in your life. What do they see? How would they do spiritually if they followed your example perfectly?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank the Lord for those who are examples of godliness to you.

For Further Study: What do the following verses indicate about your salvation? John 15:16; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:4; and 2 Thessalonians 2:13. ✧ According to Ephesians 2:10, why were you saved?

Sing: Song List for Sunday

1. “Lamb of God,” by Vertical Worship
2. “O Church of Christ, Invincible,” by Matt Bowswell
3. “Facing a Task Unfinished,” by Keith & Kristyn Getty

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