Making the best of a bad situation Philippians 1: Inside – a captive, un-churched audience Outside – new ministers stepping up
Some good motives, some bad motives Philippians 1: Either way, Christ is preached!
Wrong motives Right message Philippians 1: Right motives Right message Wrong motives Wrong message Right motives Wrong message
Warnings about wrong messages Galatians 1: 6-9 II Timothy 2: Let him be condemned!
Warnings about message violators I Corinthians 5 II Thessalonians 1: 8 II Thessalonians 3: 6 Not living according to what was taught
Warnings about messenger followers Matthew 23: 1-3 Do what they say, not what they do
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers “Indeed, we are all in peril if the flawed messenger invalidates the message.” Philip Yancey – Soul Survivor
A dreadful contradiction Romans 7: I Timothy 1: “nothing good lives in me” I am the worst of sinners
Imperfect Messengers “[the folly of God] to choose for his holy work in the world…lamebrains and misfits and nitpickers and holier-than-thous and stuffed shirts and odd ducks and egomaniacs and milquetoasts and closet sensualists.” Fredrick Buechner
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers Romans 2: you teach others, but you don’t teach yourself?
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers I Thessalonians 1: 4-7 We modeled for you you imitated us you modeled for others
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers I Corinthians 11: 1 “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers I Timothy 4: 1-2 Teachings through hypocritical liars II Timothy 2: 1-2 Entrust to qualified teachers
Imperfect Message Imperfect Messengers II Timothy 4: 3-4 II Peter 2: 1-3 False teaching will come – and we will put up with it, even encourage it!
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers Revelation 14: 6-7 Motives will be exposed False teachers will be brought to justice Hebrews 4: The perfect message endures
Perfect Message Imperfect Messengers Philippians 1: 18 “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.”