"Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:14-15
I believe both epistles to Timothy are fantastic examples of discipleship.
In his letters, the Apostle Paul teaches a young pastor his responsibilities and the heart he's to have in carrying out his task.
At the center of these responsibilities, we see that Timothy is to handle the word of Truth "accurately." This proper handling of God's word serves as one of the most challenging jobs of any pastor. And based on current church trends is rarely taken seriously today.
In a post-modern world where there are "no absolutes," it's tough to show people that "accurately" handling something implies there's an inaccurate way to handle it.
Rightly dividing the word of Truth requires a great deal of work. It requires knowing what the word of God actually says. It requires understanding the gospel message that Jesus and the apostles proclaimed. It requires understanding how all that Christ did occured according to the scriptures. (Those scriptures being the Old Testament.)
On top of all of that, handling it correctly demands teaching, rebuking, and encouraging in the most loving way possible.
Over the next few days, my goal is to unpack this idea a little bit more. First showing that the task at hand is in fact rightly dividing the word of Truth. Second, explaining how it can be wrongly divided. Discussing the place for reason and discernment (two tools that God has given). And finally, I will write about how each of us has a responsibility to believe what is right according to God and not what is true merely according to us.