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.

Developing habits that will change your life. Week #1

On August 9, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

This week we are looking at the habit of spending time with God. Sunday morning Pastor Andrew began this series by sharing about why it’s important to hang out with God. We spent time talking about why do we choose to spend time with the people we spend time with and how do they influence our lives. From there we spent time talking about how as christians we should be on a constant journey to be more like christ so that means we must spend time with him.

Below is a short outline to help continue the conversation at home. Please contact Pastor Andrew with any questions or leave a comment on this post to share your thoughts with other readers.

Hanging out with God…

Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12-13

  • Your relationship with God is meant TO GROW
  • Spiritual growth is a life-long JOURNEY
  • Developing spiritual habits will help you grow ON YOUR OWN

When you spend time with God…

He changes your HEART

Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:9-10

He gives you DIRECTION for living

Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:104-105

But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative– and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit– he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you. John 14:26

He’s there during your PROBLEMS

He [God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1: 4

Hanging out with God…

1. Make time with God a PRIORITY

2. Take the time REGULARLY

3. Hang out with comfort rather than GUILT


This week we are looking at the habit of spending time with God. Sunday morning Pastor Andrew began this series by sharing about why it’s important to hang out with God. We spent time talking about why do we choose to spend time with the people we spend time with and how do they influence our lives. From there we spent time talking about how as christians we should be on a constant journey to be more like christ so that means we must spend time with him.

Below is a short outline to help continue the conversation at home. Please contact Pastor Andrew with any questions or leave a comment on this post to share your thoughts with other readers.

Hanging out with God…

Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12-13

  • Your relationship with God is meant TO GROW
  • Spiritual growth is a life-long JOURNEY
  • Developing spiritual habits will help you grow ON YOUR OWN

When you spend time with God…

He changes your HEART

Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:9-10

He gives you DIRECTION for living

Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:104-105

But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative– and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit– he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you. John 14:26

He’s there during your PROBLEMS

He [God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1: 4

Hanging out with God…

1. Make time with God a PRIORITY

2. Take the time REGULARLY

3. Hang out with comfort rather than GUILT


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.

Developing habits that will change your life.

On August 7, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

Helping your students develop healthy habits for long-term, independent spiritual growth is the name of the game here. The HABITS series will bring them into the Word of God and give them tools to keep developing their faith, even after they’ve moved on from middle school. The HABITS sermon series outlines six spiritual disciplines for all believers, young and old: hang out time with God, accountability with another believer, Bible memorization, involvement with the church body, tithing and scripture study. Over the next six weeks we will dive deep into not only learning about these habits but also learning how to put them into practice. Make sure to be at church every Sunday for the next six weeks because these truly are life changing habits that you need.

Parents this series is the one that you want your student to be part of every week. As school starts back the students are ready for new challenges so lets make sure that we are pushing them in their faith first and foremost. Also these are habits that will help them improve not only in their faith but will help them develop further in discipline with school and work later in life. Please join with us in helping your student be ready for all they will face this school year and beyond.

Check back here each week for updates on what we have covered so you can continue the conversation at home. Also this is always a great place to find information on upcoming events.

For more info contact Pastor Andrew @  andrew@shorelinechurch.org or

Danny Killough @ DKilllough@shorelinechurch.org

Helping your students develop healthy habits for long-term, independent spiritual growth is the name of the game here. The HABITS series will bring them into the Word of God and give them tools to keep developing their faith, even after they’ve moved on from middle school. The HABITS sermon series outlines six spiritual disciplines for all believers, young and old: hang out time with God, accountability with another believer, Bible memorization, involvement with the church body, tithing and scripture study. Over the next six weeks we will dive deep into not only learning about these habits but also learning how to put them into practice. Make sure to be at church every Sunday for the next six weeks because these truly are life changing habits that you need.

Parents this series is the one that you want your student to be part of every week. As school starts back the students are ready for new challenges so lets make sure that we are pushing them in their faith first and foremost. Also these are habits that will help them improve not only in their faith but will help them develop further in discipline with school and work later in life. Please join with us in helping your student be ready for all they will face this school year and beyond.

Check back here each week for updates on what we have covered so you can continue the conversation at home. Also this is always a great place to find information on upcoming events.

For more info contact Pastor Andrew @  andrew@shorelinechurch.org or

Danny Killough @ DKilllough@shorelinechurch.org

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