Read 1 Timothy 3:14-16
There is more to the life of the church than its function of reaching and discipling men and women, boys and girls. This unstoppable work of God and group of people has another irreplaceable purpose. It also serves as the “pillar and foundation of the truth.”
The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the sum total of the truth. Here are just a few things we know about these writings:
- They are inspired by God. (1 Tim. 3:16)
- They are the result of the Holy Spirit’s movement of its authors. (2 Pet. 1:20, 21)
- They train God’s people in righteousness. (1 Tim. 3:16)
- They equip God’s people for service. (1 Tim. 3:17)
- They powerfully judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)
- They are eternal. (1 Pet. 1:25)
Although there is no danger of the eternal word of God somehow losing its power or relevance, the church is its “pillar” and “foundation.” Even though seminaries, Christian colleges, and Bible schools train men and women and give them an understanding of the Scriptures, the local church is ultimately one of the last lines of defense, ensuring that the Bible is held up, its truths proclaimed, and its instruction adhered to.
Timothy’s ministry reflects just that. Paul had left him in Ephesus, giving him the assignment of protecting the church from false teaching (1 Tim. 1:3-6). Even though there were those there that taught the Old Testament Law, Timothy was to make sure that they taught it accurately with its intended purpose in mind (1 Tim. 1:7-11). And even in the final lines of Paul’s last letter to his protégé, he encouraged Timothy to “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2).
Thus, the unstoppable church has the irreplaceable purpose of holding up biblical truth. Regardless of the latest scientific thought, newest cultural trend, or most recent philosophical approach, the local church is to uphold the truth.
I thank God for my church.