In tonight’s Wednesday night bible study Pastor Joe Schimmel discusses Paul’s letter to Timothy admonishing him to watch his life and his doctrine, making certain not to shipwreck his faith, by keeping the faith and a good conscience, fighting the good fight of faith.
1 Timothy 1:18-20
“This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.”
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Hi, I need help and prayers. I’m pretty sure after hearing half of your sermon on this topic that “shipwrecked faith” describes me and I don’t know how to come out of it. I don’t know how to enter in to His rest or stay there for more than a few minutes or 1 or 2 days. I fear I’ve been cut off. Plenty of people (usually calvinist) have told me to relax and just believe and that I’m still saved, but I have no assurance that I am saved like I did 42 years ago when I was born again. (I have a loooong history with lots of twists and turns downward.) I remember what it was like to have assurance and evidence of God’s grace working in me “to will and to do His good pleasure”. Now I don’t have it. I’ve asked so many people and pastors for help but they give up on me thinkng I’m just obstinate for no good reason.
I have definitely felt that way and been in that position before too. I am praying for you and will continue to keep you in my prayers.