Though there are specifics here for pastors and elders, the heart of this passage is for all of the people of God. This world provides us with endless opportunities for foolish, ignorant quarrels. And instead, God tells us to be not quarrelsome but kind to everyone, patient and gentle and with gracious speech—even when we need to speak out against what is wrong.
In every generation, there are few things more important for the church than to recover and hang on to a right understanding and a right practice of preaching. Today's passage shows us why—and how.
The last few laps of a runner’s race are the most exciting—that’s when you’re getting close to your goal! They are also the most difficult, when it gets harder and harder to keep going. And they are also the most important, because without them, nothing else matters.