Stewards of the Mysteries of God – Bob Jennings

(Video Transcript)

2 Timothy 2:25: ‘With gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.’ See that phrase there? And then in 3:7 of 2 Timothy, it says, these people here – talking about false prophets – they are ‘always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses,’ and so on.

So: people are not going to be saved apart from coming to know the truth. They’ve gotta know some doctrine. They’ve gotta know some content. They’ve gotta know something about God. They’ve gotta know something about the God who is there. And here we are. Here we are, stewards, stewards of the mysteries of God. We’re caretakers of the mysteries of God! We know God. We know what He’s like substantially. We know how man can get to God. We know how he can be reconciled with God. That’s us. We’ve got this special treasure. We’ve got this special treasure that…that can tell that man how to get through, how to get out of his sins, how to get free of his sins, how to break loose, how to get free of the penalty and the power of his sins and to come to know the God who is there. We have got that. I mean, there’s nobody else like us: stewards of the mysteries of God, ambassadors.

And Paul says in the next verse or so, ‘For this I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher’ (2 Timothy 1:11). And he says, ‘I’m telling you the truth; I’m not lying’ (1 Timothy 2:7). I didn’t put myself in this. This wasn’t my idea. I was saved! I was called. I was appointed. And it’s the same way for us in some measure. We can say of a truth, ‘I’m not lying. I’m a Christian. I know God. I can tell you, my friend. I can tell you, my neighbor. I can tell you how you can get right with God, how you can be reconciled.’

And so, when we come together for prayer, let’s remember these things. The priority of prayer. Let’s remember who to pray for, who we can pray for, and number three, the reason we’re praying: that they might lead a quiet life, if they be saved, and just that they might be saved!

And so, what is this knowledge of the truth that we want to get across? What’s the big thing? What’s the central thing? What do we want to tell ‘em? What do we really want to tell ‘em? Do we want to tell ‘em about this little thing and that little thing, and where you can get the best buy on some commodity? Or talk about tradition and something like that?

No, we want to tell ‘em…we want to tell ‘em that there’s one God. Forget this other stuff. There’s just one God. There’s not the god of this and that. But you’ve only gotta do business with one. It’s one God. He made everything, and He sent His Son to be a redeemer. One mediator: there’s just one. The Catholics say you can have Mary too, but he says, ‘There’s one God and one Mediator’ (1 Timothy 2:5). Yeah, Jesus said, ‘I am the way’ (John 14:6), ‘I’m not a way; I am the way.’ We want to communicate that to ‘em. There’s not options. Christianity is exclusive. It’s very unique. It’s very narrow. The gate’s narrow. The way’s narrow. You’re gonna have to get right down here to the one God and one Mediator. And it’s wonderful, isn’t it, that we’ve only got to deal with one? Just the Lord of Glory. It’s Him with whom we have to do.

And, you know, God is holy. He’s in another realm. He’s so holy that the pillars of heaven tremble at His rebuke (Job 26:11). He’s so heavenly that the angels are not pure in His sight (Job 15:15). He’s so holy that angels hide their eyes, hide their face (Isaiah 6:2). And how can we, sinful men, how can we ever be reconciled to God? How can we have any business with Him? How can He ever look upon us?

It’s because this God who is there graciously sent His Son to be a mediator, to be able to identify with God the Holy One, and with man, the sinful man. He sent His Son to be a mediator, and then conciliate ‘between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ (1 Timothy 2:5). Yes, He was God, so He can identify with God. And He became a man; He can identify with us – in all points, in all ways. Don’t need to be afraid. This mediator who is there, this reconciler who is there, He’s just like you are. We can tell that to our neighbors. He can identify with you. Come on in! The gate’s open for sinful men. He was like us in every point, except for sin.

Oh, there’s good news. There’s good news in this world. There’s really just one set of good news. We’ve got it. We know it. We can enjoy the gospel. We can enjoy the Son of God. Let’s make our journey a well-spent journey and a joyful one. Our sins are forgiven. And let’s take others with us.

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The Besetting Sin – Bob Jennings

So often as Christians we can fall into the lie and trap that our sins are too great for us: that their grip is simply too strong and we will never be free. This sermon by Bob Jennings exposes that lie for what it is, and he sets besetting sin in the believer’s life in the proper light, and exhorts the listener to greater efforts and resolve in fighting sin.

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The Heavenly Race – Bob Jennings

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Video of Bob Jennings’ Funeral

(The below was from an email that Tim Conway sent to his church, after reflecting on the graveside service, which occurred after the above video.)

Brethren, I wish I were a poet…then I might be able to paint an appropriate picture of the scene we witnessed there in that small rural Missouri cemetery last Saturday.

It is autumn in Missouri.

It struck me as fitting that Bob’s journey here came to an end even as the leaves that were so recently budding forth in Spring, are now also coming to their end, some hanging red, yellow, and brown upon their tree waiting to be blown from their tree by the wind…while a myriad of others blow across the ground like a wave upon the ground.

The day also was coming to an end as the sun was dropping low in the mostly overcast sky…twilight at hand…so the day of Bob’s earthly pilgrimage has come to an end.

There was a typical green tent set up over the grave site. One side was enclosed…it was the side on the south as a strong wind blew warmly from that direction, ahead of a cold rainy front that was pushing in from the West. The kind of high clouds that precede a storm covered the broad November sky. The Jennings family sat and stood along that closed side of the tent, in front of the casket…that casket that Bob’s sons had made with their own hands.

There may have been two hundred people there…or maybe one hundred…most dressed in suits and ties and dresses. All stood motionless…in silence. The wind blowing. The dry leaves giving the type of sound they give when the wind blows through them. One of the trees nearby is already barren. The oak tree beside it will hold onto its dead leaves until spring…as oaks do…so it was able to speak in the silence.

It was growing dark.

Out there among the woods and farmlands of the cemetery a lone voice broke the silence and overshadowed the song of the wind in the leaves lifting up the words of “Be Still My Soul”.

Then there was silence again as a hired man who likely knew not our dear departed Brother, worked to move flowers and plants and then Bob’s body was lowered into the ground before us all.

The casket slowly sunk…wind blowing.

On that casket, Bob’s sons had put these words: O grave where is your victory, O death where is your sting? Clint stood at the head of the grave watching his beloved fellow laborer’s physical body descend down into it’s temporary resting place with those words of triumph witnessing to the fact that this grave must one day give up it’s contents.

All were dismissed. Terri came forth from the tent with her sorrows overruled by a broad smile. As the family and friends consoled and spoke in soft tones…the clunk of the vault cover could be heard falling into place and sealing all it’s contents within.

Those words Bob spoke at the end of his sermon here were played at the funeral. They undoubtedly drifted through the thoughts of many as we made our way away from that little cemetery:

“…press on…my love to you, my love to you….fare well…ooooh…good bye…there’s no good bye…we’ll see you in a little while, you won’t be far behind me…”

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Funeral for Robert Jennings, Sedalia, MO

Funeral Service
Time: Saturday, 2:00 p.m., November 10, 2012
Location: Sedalia Middle School, 2205 South Ingram, Sedalia, Missouri
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BearersSons: Jared, Zachary, Evan
Son-in-law: James Jennings, San Antonio, Texas
Brothers-in-law: Gary Glasscock, Baring, Missouri; Mark Glasscock, Gorin, Missouri
Officiating: Clint Leiter, beloved co-pastor, Highway M Chapel, Sedalia

  • There will not be a visitation prior to the funeral.
  • After the funeral there will be a procession to the cemetery located at Smithton.  The cemetery is one mile south of the west end of Smithton.
  • After the burial there will be a meal provided at the Sedalia Middle School.
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