The reading this morning came from 2 Timothy 4:1-8.
Rereading that passage kinda makes me think about all the people that believe the theory of evolution, but that has nothing to do with today's sermon.
According to recent surveys, the most trusted brand name in Australia is the Salvation Army. This indicates to us that we are doing all the right things. The Salvation Army is also the most trusted charity.
The fact that The Salvation Army is primarily a church seems to get lost in today's world. Many people know of our work but few know us as a church. Even I myself didn't know about the church side of The Salvation Army until I started attending services. We need to live up to our name. We are about the salvation of souls! It is because we are a church that we reach out to help others.
Paul urges Timothy to preach the word, correct, rebuke and encourage.
How many opportunities do we take advantage of to share the Gospel? I know I haven't taken advantage of many of the opportunities that have come my way. We should have confidence, just as Paul did.