What is your view on unity in the body of Christ as discussed in the previous lesson?
How can you contribute to this unity as an individual?
Main Text: 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
Memory Verse: Remember them which have the rule overyou, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. – Hebrews 13:7 (KJV).
Every organization has a retirement structure and package for its workers. The Church of Pentecost has instituted the Pensions Fund as part of her retirement package for retired ministers. These men and women who have served the Lord, humankind and the Church did so passionately and in some circumstances at the peril of their lives. In view of this, the Church should see it as a blessing to have these retired ministers and widows around and contribute generously to the Pension’s Fund.
Questions for Discussion
How do you understand the phrase being poured out as a drink offering? Verse 6.
What are the three key things Paul said he had done as he neared the end of his ministry? Verse 7.
Identify any factor that motivated Paul to work as hard as he did?
In what ways can we demonstrate our love for our retired ministers?
How should the lives of our retired ministers spur us unto good works? Hebrews 13:7
In his service to the Lord, Paul compared his life to a drink offering. In the Old Testament, drink offering was part of the basic offerings presented to the Lord. It signified a person’s devotion, and once offered, recovery was not possible. Paul’s motivation for the ministry was not the material gains the churches of God could or would bring to him. He had eternity in view and so looked at life with joy. His example shows that while time and age do require adjustments, there is never an appropriate time to cease in the work of the Lord. Inasmuch as he was content with life, he also longed for human companionship and so requested for Mark’s visit and bemoaned how some had neglected him (2 Tim. 4:10-11). This is why CoP has a well-structured retirement plan for ministers and contributes to the PENSION’S FUND. Today, we are encouraged to look around and visit retirees, encourage and pray with them. We must learn from the exemplary service of our retired ministers and offer ministry in the Lord’s vineyard while we have strength.