Paul continues his second missionary journey, and, finding Timothy at Lystra and Derbe, wants to take him along. He has Timothy circumcised, not as a prerequisite for salvation, but because in his uncircumcised state, having a Jewish mother and Greek father, Timothy might have offended the Jews to the point where they wouldn’t listen to the Gospel. From this account, we see that:

  • We must constantly strive for maturity - comparing John Mark, whom Paul left behind, and Timothy, whom he wanted in the work.
  • While the Lord is sovereign in matters of salvation, what we do and say may have an effect - the Lord brings people to Himself through our ministry.
  • We must proclaim the correct doctrine - false doctrine must be strongly fought against.

These things challenge our behavior as Christians, and are applied accordingly.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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