Today's Message


Christian Leadership 101

2 Timothy 2:20–26

Airs: July 31 - August 4

The world is in crisis because leadership is in crisis. The crisis of leadership, however, is not one of competency but of character. And since people in positions of power are most often judged by their competency and not by their character, it shouldn’t surprise us that scandals and legal battles often embroil our leaders. Character is no longer king; our culture champions competency. Scripture, however, champions character. So, for those of us who wish to lead in a Christian manner, character must always trump competency. That’s the message of the last seven verses 2 Timothy 2.

July 31, 2015
Christian Leadership 101
Paul’s Swan Song: A Study of 2 Timothy


  • August 5 - August 7 Depravity on Parade

    Reality in the raw—that’s what the Bible gives us. It tells us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And the truth it tells is a ghastly story of godlessness. Human depravity marches across its pages. Sadly, many have grown so accustomed to watching the parade, whether in the Bible or the culture, that we’ve become numb to the depths of debauchery residing in the human heart. We’re no longer shocked and outraged. Perhaps that’s why the Bible sometimes backs up the truck and unloads a descriptive deluge of indecency on us.

  • August 10 - August 11 Making a Lasting Difference

    Facing reality in the raw, as we did in the previous message, can dampen even the most hardy spirits. It can convince us that these days of darkness are a deepening shadow. Not so! Evil may go “from bad to worse” (2 Timothy 3:13), but God has limited its progress (3:9) and commanded us to soldier on for truth (3:14). It’s the only way to make a durable difference.

  • August 12 - August 14 God-Breathed Truth

    No one enters a race hoping to come in second. Runners run to win. And though it’s important how runners start and maintain their pace, the real difference in the outcome depends on the amount of “kick” each runner has on the last lap. What’s true on the track is true in life—the goal is to finish well. If it wasn’t, Paul wouldn’t have told the Corinthians: “Run in such a way that you may win” (1 Corinthians 9:24). Paul ran to win (2 Timothy 4:7-8). And he wanted the same for Timothy—for him to finish well. But how?

  • August 17 - August 19 Every Pastor’s Job Profile

    At any moment, Paul might have been pulled from his prison pit and marched to the axman’s block. He had said everything he needed to say to his “beloved son” (2 Timothy 1:2)—nearly. A few things remained. Paul wrote to Timothy without panic and with purpose. The young pastor had a timid temperament and a tender heart; he would take Paul’s departure hard. Nevertheless, the days were depraved and dangerous, and Timothy needed to read Paul’s never-to-be-forgotten final charge in order to complete his ministry.

  • August 20 - August 24 Looking Back—No Regrets

    Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick, was a man of regrets. Unlike his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne, literary fame and fortune eluded Melville. He wrote to his brother-in-law, “Life is so short and so ridiculous and irrational (from a certain point of view) that one knows not what to make of it, unless—well, finish the sentence for yourself.” Compared to the long history of humanity—to say nothing of eternity—each individual life is short, “just a vapor” (James 4:14).