Establishment in the Lord is an important theme. Paul sent Timothy back to Thessalonica that he might establish them in their faith (1 Thess. 3:2); and Paul prayed that God might establish them (1 Thess. 3:13). The child must be taught to stand before he can learn to walk or run.
The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. We are sons in the family, enjoying the fellowship of the gospel (Phil. 1: 1– 11); we are servants sharing in the furtherance of the gospel (Phil. 1: 12– 26); but we are also soldiers defending the faith of the gospel “The faith of the gospel” is that body of divine truth given to the church. Jude called it “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).
Paul warned in 1 Timothy 4: 1 that “in the latter times some shall depart from the faith.” God committed this spiritual treasure to Paul (1 Tim. 1: 11), and he in turn committed it to others, like Timothy (1 Tim. 6: 20), whose responsibility was to commit this deposit to still others (2 Tim. 2: 2).
This is why the church must engage in a teaching ministry, so that each new generation of believers will know, appreciate, and use the great heritage of the faith.
We have regular bible studies in our church on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 to 12:00 noon before our worship service.
It is God who establishes, but He uses people to accomplish His work. A great need in our churches is for Christians who will take time to establish the younger believers. Group Bible studies are very valuable, as are the public meetings of the church, but individual discipling is also important. Paul encouraged believers through his letters on a one-to-one basis, and we should follow his example.
Paul was concerned about two aspects of our Christian life: our word and our work, our saying and our doing. If our walk contradicts our words, we lose our testimony. Our “walk” and our “talk” must agree; good works and good words must come from the same yielded heart.
We are not saved by good works (Eph. 2:8–10; Titus 3:3–7); but good works are the evidence of salvation (Titus 2:11–15). It is not enough to depend on good words; the words must be backed up by the deeds (1 John 3:18). It must be a steady practice, not an occasional one. We must be established in our words and works.