Real Life Change - 2

Posted by John Hopler on

...always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  – 2 Timothy 3:7

The second mark of false teachers that Paul identifies is the fruit of their “ministry”: their hearers are “learning” but they never come to the knowledge of the truth. In the context Paul was likely dealing with teachers who did not know the gospel of Jesus Christ. They had a lot of “knowledge”—either from Greek or Jewish religions—but they did not have a knowledge of Jesus Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

I see another application from this passage. It is common for pastors to keep on teaching the same messages over and over again—and yet there is no progress in the lives of the hearers. Church members listen but they do not truly “know.” They have intellectual knowledge but there is no life change. They hear, but they do not obey.

Effective teachers take whatever steps are needed to bring about a life change. Their goal is not to have a “fan club” sitting in the pews. Their goal is to “bring about the obedience of faith” among believers and unbelievers.

I have identified eight areas in my own personal life in which I want to make progress—my faith in God, my faithfulness in spiritual disciplines, my effectiveness in my family, my growth in my social relationships, my fitness physically, my stewardship of my finances and resources, my field of work, and my ministry. I seek to be challenged in these practical areas... and I seek to help people in the church grow in each of these identified life areas.

What steps are you taking to help people learn in way that brings about life change? How can we challenge one another as believers?

Submitted by:
John Hopler
Great Commission Churches
Worthington, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 19:15-16

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