Friday, October 27, 2006

Wanted: Faithful Men by Pastor Bobby Mitchell

There is an incredible famine of faithfulness in these days. Many churches could take Proverbs 20:6 as their theme verse— “Most men will proclaim every man his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Thank God that the Apostle Paul found one in Timothy. To that young preacher Paul issued the following command from the Holy Ghost: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Every God-called, Spirit-led pastor desires to commit the truth to “faithful men.” But, the sad fact is that there are few that qualify for the training! Many that profess Christ are unfaithful men— unfaithful to the Word, the work, the war, the worship of God, and some are even unfaithful to their wives. Here’s a challenge, sir— BE A FAITHFUL MAN!

A faithful man is one who has first been REGENERATED. He has been born again of the Holy Spirit. What about you—was there a time when the Holy Ghost of God REPROVED you of your sinfulness, REBUKED you of your ungodliness, and you RESPONDED by REPENTING and RECEIVING the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Only the saved man can qualify for this holy designation of “faithful men.”

He is also one who RECEIVES the Word of God. Too many are REJECTING, REWRITING, REARRANGING, RECONSTRUCTING, and REINVENTING the Word of God. But, “faithful men” will not go that route! The faithful man doesn’t get mad at the truth-telling preacher either. Like the Berean Christians of Acts 17:10,11 he RECEIVES the Word of God as it is preached, RESEARCHES the message with the Scriptures, and then REACHES a conclusion about what God’s man has declared.

The faithful man allows his pastor to “commit” the truth to him! He is humble and takes time to be taught the Word and treasures it in his heart. He is not “carried about by every wind of doctrine” because he RETAINS the truth. In other words, he sticks with, stands for, and strives about the truth.

That last part of 2 Timothy 2:2 is where it really gets good. When a man is REGENERATED, RECEIVES the Word of God, and RETAINS it, he is at the place where he can be used of God to REPEAT it to others. He is “able to teach others also.” The work of God goes forward mightily as men develop into “faithful men.” Sinners are sought, the seed is sown, souls are saved, and saints are settled as faithful men continue the wonderful process of preaching the Word of God in the power of the Holy Ghost.

Sir, don’t allow the famine of faithfulness to famish your family and assembly. Before God Almighty, and for His glory and honour, commit by His grace to be a faithful man from this day forward.

Pastor Bobby Mitchell
Mid-Coast Baptist Church
Brunswick, Maine
www.midcoastbaptistchurch.com

4 Comments:

Anonymous Derek Makri said...

Great message! I love the alliteration.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

2 Tim. 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Many "christians" get offended at the Preacher who reproves and rebukes during his preaching; they only like sermons which are deep in teaching, or full of poems and illustrations focusing on loving all in unity, and a nice pat on the back for even showing up at church at least one time per week.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Bobby Mitchell said...

I'm glad you guys like the article. A couple of years ago a friend of mine asked me for an article for his newspaper. It was supposed to be a challenge to men for Father's Day. The kicker was that he needed it within about 24 hours.

Well, I prayed and the Lord laid these thoughts on my heart. He has seemed to use it and I hope that He will continue to for His glory and for the edification of His churches.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Pastor Mitchell,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and adding additional information about this great message which God gave you... in a very short time frame!!!

7:52 PM  

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