Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut



  • Jim Townsley
  • Nov 11, 2014
 PYLIO is an acrostic for "Putting Your Life In Order." The world is in such disarray that even some Christian families have become dysfunctional and are experiencing serious problems. The family structure has evolved over the last fifty years and unfortunately many modern families rarely bear a resemblance to a godly home. Individuals are struggling to find meaning in life and many are being destroyed by substance abuse and other vices. The need of putting one's life in order, unfortunately, is universal for the unsaved and saved alike. We live in a day where our culture is so influencing people's lives that many need help to get their lives in order.
A major aspect of the ministry in every church, but especially in a new church,  is directed toward people who are hurting or whose lives are in disarray. Preachers must minister to the broken-hearted and the hurting people of their communities. Jesus set an example to minister to the outcast. One of the key signs for the Jews to recognize the coming Messiah was that He would preach the gospel to the poor and brokenhearted.  "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;"  - Isaiah 61:1 - 
Though taking the gospel to the  poor and needy is not a new concept it has become a greater need in recent years. Homes are in shambles, teens are out of control, and our communities are distressed. The gospel is the answer to everyone's needs, because when a soul is converted they become a new creature and their lives are changed. However, even after conversion many new believers struggle with addictions and problems of all sorts.  Try as they may, holiness eludes them. Far too many Christians are defeated and can't seem to find victory in their lives. The role of the preacher is to help people put their life in order and help them  become a victorious Christian. 
Life is a battle! Paul said, "I have fought a good fight." He also challenged Timothy to "wage a good warfare."  The average Christian does not even realize he is in a battle and as a result he is easily defeated. The world, the flesh, and the devil are the enemies of the soul and believers must learn how to "fight the good fight of faith." The preacher's job is to make believers aware of the battle and equip them to fight and win it. Paul summarized his ministry with three activities when he stated, "I  have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." - 2 Timothy 4:7.  This statement comes just prior to Paul's martyrdom where he states he finished God's course for his life. In other words, he determined the will of God and followed it.
Fighting the good fight means Christians must do battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil. These three evils constantly war against the soul of man and believers must learn how to fight against them daily. The battlefield is in the soul of man which consists of mind, will, and emotions. If people live primarily by their emotions their Christian walk will be up and down and never become stable. If people primarily walk by their mind they will be puffed up with pride. A man's will must be surrendered to the will of God, which influences the mind, and finally results in a positive emotional response. If these three responses are out of order the Christian will struggle.
Starting and building a church is a battle from start to finish and every preacher must be prepared to fight every day. I am convinced that the preacher, and his family, are especially targeted by the forces of Satan. Some of the conflicts new churches face cannot be explained except to recognize that the prince and power of the air is attacking the fledgling church. As God's leader, the preacher must be prepared to fight the battle daily and prepare soldiers in his church to fight with him.
I have prepared a power point with twelve lessons on PYLIO and I am happy to pass on the material for anyone interested. I presented this material to a limited number of churches in four day meetings where I was told "every church in America needs to hear this." May God use it for His glory. If this is something you are interested in please let me know.