Multiculturalism and religious tolerance in our society can sometimes make us reticent about sharing our faith with friends and colleagues. What can we learn from Paul about sharing the good news with total confidence?
How many of us feel ill equipped to set a lead for others? We feel that we don't know enough, we haven't had enough life experience, or we lack training. Here Paul tells Timothy not to allow himself to feel belittled by people's opinions but choose to set an example in five key areas of life.
Paul gives Timothy some guidelines on what to look out for when appointing leaders. Interestingly, most of Paul's criteria are not skills but issues of character and temperament. So what are these characteristics, and how do we each match up?