College Group 1st and 2nd Timothy Study #8

On August 13, 2010, in Oxygen (Young Adults), Students, by Shoreline

With this post we look at the last chapter of 2nd Timothy. I hope these post have helped you as we have walked through 1st and 2nd Timothy the last couple weeks. If your up for a challenge take time to read first and second Timothy each day for a few weeks and see what happens in your life. The love and encouragement that Paul poured out to Timothy two thousand years is incredible instruction for us still today. Please take time to give feed back to Pastor Andrew if you have found this series of post helpful.

2 Timothy 4:1-8

MOTIVATION FOR GREATNESS

Timothy was Paul’s “son” in the Lord.

Timothy would do special assignments at the direction of Paul.

Paul would soon be leaving Timothy and going to Heaven.

Paul motivates Timothy to great living for the Lord.

EXHORTATION OF TIMOTHY – Vss. 1-2, 5

Timothy was encouraged to preach the Word of God faithfully, to be on the watch, to endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and to fully prove his ministry.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES – Vss. 3-4

Timothy need to be faithful at the current time because more difficult times were coming.

EXAMPLE OF PAUL – Vss. 6-8

Paul was faithful to the end.

Paul would be rewarded in the future.

Those, like Timothy, who are faithful also will be equally rewarded.

2 Timothy 4:9-11, 21

PEOPLE LESSONS

Those mentioned by Paul at the close of this Epistle teach us some very important Spiritual lessons.

DEMAS – BE SPIRITUAL, LIVE FOR ETERNITY Vs. 10

Philemon 23, 24, Colossians 4:14

LUKE – BE LOYAL, LIVE FOR CONSISTENCY Vs. 11

“Only Luke is with me…”

Proverbs 27:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2

MARK – BE USEFUL, LIVE FOR MINISTRY Vs. 11

“…Take Mark and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for

the ministry.”

What a change! Acts 13:13, Acts 15:36-41

TIMOTHY – BE PUNCTUAL, LIVE FOR IMMEDIACY Vss. 9, 21

Paul had a special need for Timothy as Paul prepared for his home

going. It was important that Timothy act right away. There are times

when we must act immediately to do what needs to be done.

In some cases tomorrow is too late!

With this post we look at the last chapter of 2nd Timothy. I hope these post have helped you as we have walked through 1st and 2nd Timothy the last couple weeks. If your up for a challenge take time to read first and second Timothy each day for a few weeks and see what happens in your life. The love and encouragement that Paul poured out to Timothy two thousand years is incredible instruction for us still today. Please take time to give feed back to Pastor Andrew if you have found this series of post helpful.

2 Timothy 4:1-8

MOTIVATION FOR GREATNESS

Timothy was Paul’s “son” in the Lord.

Timothy would do special assignments at the direction of Paul.

Paul would soon be leaving Timothy and going to Heaven.

Paul motivates Timothy to great living for the Lord.

EXHORTATION OF TIMOTHY – Vss. 1-2, 5

Timothy was encouraged to preach the Word of God faithfully, to be on the watch, to endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and to fully prove his ministry.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES – Vss. 3-4

Timothy need to be faithful at the current time because more difficult times were coming.

EXAMPLE OF PAUL – Vss. 6-8

Paul was faithful to the end.

Paul would be rewarded in the future.

Those, like Timothy, who are faithful also will be equally rewarded.

2 Timothy 4:9-11, 21

PEOPLE LESSONS

Those mentioned by Paul at the close of this Epistle teach us some very important Spiritual lessons.

DEMAS – BE SPIRITUAL, LIVE FOR ETERNITY Vs. 10

Philemon 23, 24, Colossians 4:14

LUKE – BE LOYAL, LIVE FOR CONSISTENCY Vs. 11

“Only Luke is with me…”

Proverbs 27:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2

MARK – BE USEFUL, LIVE FOR MINISTRY Vs. 11

“…Take Mark and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for

the ministry.”

What a change! Acts 13:13, Acts 15:36-41

TIMOTHY – BE PUNCTUAL, LIVE FOR IMMEDIACY Vss. 9, 21

Paul had a special need for Timothy as Paul prepared for his home

going. It was important that Timothy act right away. There are times

when we must act immediately to do what needs to be done.

In some cases tomorrow is too late!

College Group 1st and 2nd Timothy Study #7

On August 11, 2010, in Oxygen (Young Adults), Students, by Shoreline

As we continue 2nd Timothy the challenges just get harder. 2nd Timothy chapter 3 is a place we should turn to frequently for a reminder of the courage we must have to live out our faith. As with the other readings take time to read the passage as a whole and not simply the verses we are focusing on. 1st and 2nd Timothy are wonderful letters that can truly inspire us to live out our faith in a bold and loving fashion.

2 Timothy 3:1-7

GUT CHECK!

When we say a person “has guts” we mean that they have courage.

A “gut check” is a situation that puts us to the test to see whether we have “guts” or courage.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 talks about the “last days”, which we are probably in.

These verses are also a challenge to Christians to take a gut check!  Do we have the courage of our convictions?

WHAT DO I LOVE? Vss. 1-4

Do I love myself more than I love God?

Do I love pleasure more than I love God? Vs. 4

HOW DO I LIVE? – Vss. 5-6

Do I have just a form of godliness, without any real power to live a godly life?

That power is the result of being yielded and having faith. Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:11-14

HOW DO I LEARN? – Vs. 7

Many Christians sit in church and Sunday School, but never learn. Their lives never change.

Oh, they may have some “head knowledge” but they lack “heart knowledge”. They have not applied what they have learned to daily living.

As we continue 2nd Timothy the challenges just get harder. 2nd Timothy chapter 3 is a place we should turn to frequently for a reminder of the courage we must have to live out our faith. As with the other readings take time to read the passage as a whole and not simply the verses we are focusing on. 1st and 2nd Timothy are wonderful letters that can truly inspire us to live out our faith in a bold and loving fashion.

2 Timothy 3:1-7

GUT CHECK!

When we say a person “has guts” we mean that they have courage.

A “gut check” is a situation that puts us to the test to see whether we have “guts” or courage.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 talks about the “last days”, which we are probably in.

These verses are also a challenge to Christians to take a gut check!  Do we have the courage of our convictions?

WHAT DO I LOVE? Vss. 1-4

Do I love myself more than I love God?

Do I love pleasure more than I love God? Vs. 4

HOW DO I LIVE? – Vss. 5-6

Do I have just a form of godliness, without any real power to live a godly life?

That power is the result of being yielded and having faith. Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:11-14

HOW DO I LEARN? – Vs. 7

Many Christians sit in church and Sunday School, but never learn. Their lives never change.

Oh, they may have some “head knowledge” but they lack “heart knowledge”. They have not applied what they have learned to daily living.

College Group 1st and 2nd Timothy Study #6

On August 10, 2010, in Oxygen (Young Adults), Students, by Shoreline

Today we continue 2nd Tim. I really enjoy the passage from chapter 2 that we are looking at today. Last Sunday night this was my focus of our sermon at Oxygen and is over and over agin a core verse that I return to for wisdom. Take time to read through this passage not simply the area this post focuses on. I again challenge all of you to read through 1st and 2nd tim daily to see what God reveals to you through these incredible letters. Today we focus on making it count.

2 Timothy 2:1-4

MAKE IT COUNT!

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Whatever we do for the Lord Jesus must be done with sincere fervency!  We might not get a second chance to make a positive impression in some one’s life. We must make whatever we do count for Christ!

When Paul wrote the Epistle of Second Timothy, he was preparing for his own departure from this earth. He was giving Timothy specific instructions that would help Timothy minister even after Paul had been removed from the scene. It is as if Paul is telling Timothy in Chapter 2, verses 1-4, “Make it Count!  Tale advantage of your opportunities, and this how you do it! In this passage Paul speaks of:

SONSHIP AND STRENGTH – Vs. 1

Paul calls Timothy his Son, or his child. Timothy is called this because paul led Timothy to faith in Christ. Paul wants Timothy to “Make it Count” because he is Paul’s spiritual child, and because Timothy was a child or Son of God.

It is of the utmost importance that you make your life count by becoming a child of God. (Explain the Gospel using John 1:12-13.)

Coming along with sonship is strength. Paul instructs Timothy to be “strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  There are times when we will feel extremely weak, inadequate, and overwhelmed. Sometimes we will not feel capable of doing or facing what God wants us to do or face.  We need the grace of Christ to carry us through. As a Christian, I am in Christ. I must appropriate His strength.  John 15:4-7, Galatians 2:20

DISCIPLESHIP AND DISCIPLING - Vs. 2

Timothy was a disciple. He was a learner, an adherent, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He was discipled in the things of Christ, and Paul had taught him many things.

As disciples, we must continue to learn and grow. 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Timothy 2:15

As disciples, we must learn to disciple others. Paul told Timothy to pass on the things he had learned from Paul to faithful men who would be able to teach others.

We are all disciples of Christ. We all should be discipling others. Matthew 28:19-20

ENDURANCE AND ENTANGLEMENTS – Vss. 3-4

A good soldier of Jesus Christ endures hardship.

A good soldier does not get entangled with the things of this life.

As good soldiers we should:

Eat, but not be entangled in eating

Sleep, but not be entangled by sleeping

Take furlough, but not be entangled in vacation

Have recreation, but not be entangled in recreation.

We do these things so we can please the one who has enlisted us to be a soldier.

Today we continue 2nd Tim. I really enjoy the passage from chapter 2 that we are looking at today. Last Sunday night this was my focus of our sermon at Oxygen and is over and over agin a core verse that I return to for wisdom. Take time to read through this passage not simply the area this post focuses on. I again challenge all of you to read through 1st and 2nd tim daily to see what God reveals to you through these incredible letters. Today we focus on making it count.

2 Timothy 2:1-4

MAKE IT COUNT!

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Whatever we do for the Lord Jesus must be done with sincere fervency!  We might not get a second chance to make a positive impression in some one’s life. We must make whatever we do count for Christ!

When Paul wrote the Epistle of Second Timothy, he was preparing for his own departure from this earth. He was giving Timothy specific instructions that would help Timothy minister even after Paul had been removed from the scene. It is as if Paul is telling Timothy in Chapter 2, verses 1-4, “Make it Count!  Tale advantage of your opportunities, and this how you do it! In this passage Paul speaks of:

SONSHIP AND STRENGTH – Vs. 1

Paul calls Timothy his Son, or his child. Timothy is called this because paul led Timothy to faith in Christ. Paul wants Timothy to “Make it Count” because he is Paul’s spiritual child, and because Timothy was a child or Son of God.

It is of the utmost importance that you make your life count by becoming a child of God. (Explain the Gospel using John 1:12-13.)

Coming along with sonship is strength. Paul instructs Timothy to be “strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  There are times when we will feel extremely weak, inadequate, and overwhelmed. Sometimes we will not feel capable of doing or facing what God wants us to do or face.  We need the grace of Christ to carry us through. As a Christian, I am in Christ. I must appropriate His strength.  John 15:4-7, Galatians 2:20

DISCIPLESHIP AND DISCIPLING - Vs. 2

Timothy was a disciple. He was a learner, an adherent, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He was discipled in the things of Christ, and Paul had taught him many things.

As disciples, we must continue to learn and grow. 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Timothy 2:15

As disciples, we must learn to disciple others. Paul told Timothy to pass on the things he had learned from Paul to faithful men who would be able to teach others.

We are all disciples of Christ. We all should be discipling others. Matthew 28:19-20

ENDURANCE AND ENTANGLEMENTS – Vss. 3-4

A good soldier of Jesus Christ endures hardship.

A good soldier does not get entangled with the things of this life.

As good soldiers we should:

Eat, but not be entangled in eating

Sleep, but not be entangled by sleeping

Take furlough, but not be entangled in vacation

Have recreation, but not be entangled in recreation.

We do these things so we can please the one who has enlisted us to be a soldier.

College Group 1st and 2nd Timothy Study #5

On August 9, 2010, in Oxygen (Young Adults), Students, by Shoreline

Today we begin 2nd Tim. Take time to read through this passage not simply the area this post focuses on. I again challenge all of you to read through 1st and 2nd tim daily to see what God reveals to you through these incredible letters. Within these passages we are challenged in so many areas of our faith and given detailed instruction on what it means and how to be a christian leader. Today we are going to look at the importance of loyalty.

2 Timothy 1:13-18

BE LOYAL

In my years as a pastor, I have found many people to have a very important quality – loyalty. A loyal person may not agree with everything you say and do, but will be faithful. In our text, Paul, who is a prisoner in Rome, is talking to his protegee Timothy about loyalty. Not that Timothy wasn’t loyal to the one who trained him in the Christian faith. He was. However Nero was now persecuting Christians, and some Christians were being less than loyal to Paul, and consequently to the Lord. I believe Paul was trying to insure that Timothy would remain loyal to the Lord and to himself.

BE LOYAL TO GOD’S WORD – Vss. 13-14

Vs. 13 – When an architect is building a building he makes a sketch of what the building will look like. Timothy was given a “form”, an outline, or a sketch of sound words from Paul. Paul had taught Timothy the Word of God and Bible doctrine. Timothy was to hold fast to what he had been taught. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 shows us what happens when a person does not hold on to solid Bible doctrine.

Vs. 14 – Paul uses a banking illustration.  Timothy received a deposit of something that is precious.

He was to take care of it as a good banker takes care of treasure placed in his trust. Timothy had received a deposit of the Word of God. He was to care of his precious treasure.

BE LOYAL TO GOD’S WORKERS – Vss. 15-18

We are to be loyal to God’s people as they stand for the truth.  In these verses Paul is telling Timothy of those who were not faithful to Paul, and one person who was faithful. Many had turned away from Paul (Vs. 15). They did not stand with him during his time of need.

The man who did stand with Paul was a man named Onesiphorus.

He often refreshed Paul. – Vs. 16

He was not ashamed of Paul’s chain. – Vs. 16

He sought Paul out. – Vs. 17

He served Paul. – Vs. 18

Today we begin 2nd Tim. Take time to read through this passage not simply the area this post focuses on. I again challenge all of you to read through 1st and 2nd tim daily to see what God reveals to you through these incredible letters. Within these passages we are challenged in so many areas of our faith and given detailed instruction on what it means and how to be a christian leader. Today we are going to look at the importance of loyalty.

2 Timothy 1:13-18

BE LOYAL

In my years as a pastor, I have found many people to have a very important quality – loyalty. A loyal person may not agree with everything you say and do, but will be faithful. In our text, Paul, who is a prisoner in Rome, is talking to his protegee Timothy about loyalty. Not that Timothy wasn’t loyal to the one who trained him in the Christian faith. He was. However Nero was now persecuting Christians, and some Christians were being less than loyal to Paul, and consequently to the Lord. I believe Paul was trying to insure that Timothy would remain loyal to the Lord and to himself.

BE LOYAL TO GOD’S WORD – Vss. 13-14

Vs. 13 – When an architect is building a building he makes a sketch of what the building will look like. Timothy was given a “form”, an outline, or a sketch of sound words from Paul. Paul had taught Timothy the Word of God and Bible doctrine. Timothy was to hold fast to what he had been taught. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 shows us what happens when a person does not hold on to solid Bible doctrine.

Vs. 14 – Paul uses a banking illustration.  Timothy received a deposit of something that is precious.

He was to take care of it as a good banker takes care of treasure placed in his trust. Timothy had received a deposit of the Word of God. He was to care of his precious treasure.

BE LOYAL TO GOD’S WORKERS – Vss. 15-18

We are to be loyal to God’s people as they stand for the truth.  In these verses Paul is telling Timothy of those who were not faithful to Paul, and one person who was faithful. Many had turned away from Paul (Vs. 15). They did not stand with him during his time of need.

The man who did stand with Paul was a man named Onesiphorus.

He often refreshed Paul. – Vs. 16

He was not ashamed of Paul’s chain. – Vs. 16

He sought Paul out. – Vs. 17

He served Paul. – Vs. 18

College Group 1st and 2nd Timothy Study #4

On August 8, 2010, in Oxygen (Young Adults), Students, by Shoreline

With this post we touch on the last chapter of 1st tim. Remember these are just some basic ideas for looking at points within the passages. Please take time to read through and explore 1st and 2nd tim asa whole. Tonight at College group we are diving a little further into 2nd tim and the first post on 2nd tim will be up in the morning. Give me a call with any thoughts you may have or questions as we take a closer look at these two amazing letters.

1Timothy 6:10-12

ADVICE FOR GODLY LIVING

FLEE! – Vss. 10-11a

We are to flee covetousness because the love of money is the root of all evil.

FOLLOW! – Vs. 11b

Instead of seeking money and the things it can buy, we are to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness.

FIGHT! – Vs. 12

The good fight is of and by faith.

With this post we touch on the last chapter of 1st tim. Remember these are just some basic ideas for looking at points within the passages. Please take time to read through and explore 1st and 2nd tim asa whole. Tonight at College group we are diving a little further into 2nd tim and the first post on 2nd tim will be up in the morning. Give me a call with any thoughts you may have or questions as we take a closer look at these two amazing letters.

1Timothy 6:10-12

ADVICE FOR GODLY LIVING

FLEE! – Vss. 10-11a

We are to flee covetousness because the love of money is the root of all evil.

FOLLOW! – Vs. 11b

Instead of seeking money and the things it can buy, we are to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness.

FIGHT! – Vs. 12

The good fight is of and by faith.

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