Aim: To persist in Spirit-filled Biblical orthodoxy.
Doctrine: God's answer to heresy is a doggedly faithful ministry that does not seek to appease error, but which uses the opportunity to teach the truth.
Exegesis: Three features of the faithful minister's work: he must confront perverse desires (v. 3); he must wrest souls from foolish myths (v. 4); he must fully honor the great Christ he serves (v. 5).
Further application: How to remain doctrinally faithful to Christ: recognize the deceitfulness of your heart, and determine to live by a different (and better) Church standard (than others live by).
Key verse: v. 5 ''But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.