About five minutes before church started last Sunday, the worship leader came up to me and said, “Sheesh – what’s up with today’s scripture?”
I was kind of confused when he questioned me, honestly. If you remember, this is a selection of Sunday’s scripture (2 Timothy 2:8-15):
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.
Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.
I didn’t think it was particularly controversial. In fact, I really like the passage! I was going to talk about focusing on faith and not religious structures and just doing the best we can with the tools God has given us.
I asked him what he was talking about and began to walk towards the lecturn to double check where he had marked the reading. I immediately found the problem.
The bible was open to 1 Timothy, not 2 Timothy.
In case you don’t know, 1 Timothy 2:8-15 includes this:
Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.
That wasn’t what my sermon would have been about.