Week 28 July 8 -
Back in 2002, the American grill company Charbroil launched a memorable television campaign that offers us a unique portrait of the church’s calling to spread the gospel.
The campaign was called “Keepers of the Flame,” and each commercial was designed to promote their new line of outdoor grills. The commercials each began with a primitive scene of knuckle-
This idea of “fire” presented in the Charbroil campaign is significant because fire has always been central to the preservation of human civilization. For each culture to survive, the flame must continue burning to provide warmth, food and light; and for the flame to stay lit it has to be protected and eventually passed down to the next generation.
Charbroil’s “Keepers of the Flame” mentality has a unique correlation for Christians that relates directly to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When our Lord established His church, the gospel spread at Pentecost like a fire. As these new local churches were established, the Scriptures soon gave divine guidance and instruction on how to keep the gospel flame burning until the return of Christ.
In Titus 2:1-
First, in verses 1-
This exhortation means that mature believers must be intentionally teaching sound Christian doctrine to their children and grandchildren, as well as living out the truth of that doctrine in front of them daily.
Secondly, in verses 9-
Finally, in verses 11-
Paul concludes this passage by reiterating the importance of grace for every stage of Christian growth, as well as the continued expansion of God’s kingdom through the local church. He states in verses 11-
Overall, Titus 2 provides a powerful reminder that the gospel is a flame that God has entrusted to the local church to keep burning until our Lord returns. However, these 15 verses also teach us that since it was God’s grace that first lit the flame, it will be only through His grace that we will keep it burning as we pass it down to the next generation. Our calling is simply to be faithful to live a godly lifestyle and be diligent to teach sound doctrine, and by doing so, the gospel flame will continue to shine brightly throughout the church until Christ comes back to make all things new.
Keepers of the Gospel Flame
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