2 Timothy 2:8-13 “Digging Deeper on Sunday Nights – Remaining Faithful”

My sermon notes for Sunday night, Feb. 23rdRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Timothy 2:8–13

Our Focus for Faithfulness

 

v. 8Jesus

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel

 

remember

  • imperative, command. (continue to remember)

Jesus

Risen from the dead

  • Power, conquering Kin

Offspring of David

  • Humanity
  • High Priest

 

1 Peter 2:20–22 – [20] For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. [21] For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. [22] He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (ESV)

 

Hebrews 12:1–2 – [1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

 

 

v. 9 – The Word

for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!

 

Suffering

  • For being faithful

Bound with chains

  • Physical
  • Persecution

 

2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV)

 

In the midst of all that he was enduring…

Notice what he found his confidence in.

  • THE WORD. THE GOSPEL.  GOD’S TRUTH

 

Eph. 6:17

  • The Offensive weapon

 

Heb. 4:12-13 – [12] For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. [13] And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (ESV)

 

 

v. 10 – Our Purpose

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 

For the Sake of the elect

  • Those who will believe

 

2 Peter 3:9–10 – [9] The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. [10] But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (ESV)

 

The purpose of redemption!!!!

 

vv. 11-13 – Eternal Blessing

[11] The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; [12] if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; [13] if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. (ESV)

 

Die with Him – We live with Him

  • Crucified with Christ. Die to sin

 

Endure – We will reign

  • Persevere in the faith. Good soils

 

If we deny – He will deny

  • Depart from me

 

If we are faithless – He remains faithful

  • When the saved stumble He will forgive.
  • When no saving faith professes– He will remain faithful to the Gospel. He cannot deny Himself

The Church – “Who are we? Whose are we? Why are we here?”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb 23rd as we take a one week look at the Church.  (Kicking off our 13 week SS study on the Church). Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

The Church – Who are we? Whose are we? Why are we here?

(A kickoff sermon as we begin a 13-week S.S. series on “The Deliberate Church”)

 

Who we are

1 Timothy 3:15 – if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

  • Household – Family, Body.
    • Leadership, Love, Encouragement, Support, Responsibility, Discipline
  • Church – assembly. Ekklesia.  Called out ones.
  • Pillar and Buttress of Truth
    • Built on truth.  The Gospel.  John 14:6
    • For the truth. A display of God’s Goodness and Glory 1 Tim 4

Whose we are

Acts 20:28 – Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

 

Our relationship with Jesus is also a relationship with His Church

  • To know Him is to be long to His church
  • They cannot be separated

 

Ephesians 5:25–27 – [25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, [26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (ESV)

 

Christ gave his life and shed His blood for the church.

  • Knowing this…just think about how flippantly we think about church.
    • Our worship
    • Our involvement
    • Our ministries

 

As believers we all are building upon His Church

 

1 Corinthians 3:9-18 – [9] For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

[10] According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. [11] For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—[13] each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. [14] If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. [15] If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

[16] Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? [17] If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

 

IF ANYONE BUILDS

  • Individually and Corporately
  • We build on the Gospel
  • We build with the right materials
    • God’s – Gold and Silver. TRUTH
      • Lasting, Permanent, Pure
    • Ours
    • World’s

EACH ONES WORK BECOME MANIFEST

  • Everyone’s
  • Standing before the Lord.
  • A steward of all that God has given us.
    • Our daily worship and service unto Him

 

DO YOU NOT KNOW

  • YOU are Individually
  • YOU are Corporately
  • This should bring both joy and fear

 

Why we are here

 

As believers we are entrusted with a precious and glorious ministry

Ephesians 3:7–13

[7] Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. [8] To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, [9] and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, [10] so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. [11] This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, [12] in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. [13] So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (ESV)

 

The ministry of the Gospel entrusted to the Church– vv. 7-13

v. 7 – As a believer we are a MADE A MINISTER (servant) OF THE GOSPEL

  • It is a gift of God’s grace
  • By the working of His power

 

  • Often church becomes about us. Our needs, expectations, our availability.
  • The church …HIS CHURCH is about the Gospel.
  • The Gospel is NOT believe in Jesus, join the church, then go to heaven when you die.
  • The Gospel is the transforming message that Jesus has redeemed fallen man and made them new creations. The Gospel is about forgiveness and newness of life.
  • The Gospel is transforming and sustaining.
  • The Gospel is progressive and on-going
  • I need. We need the Gospel every second of every day.
  • The Gospel is what allows us to:
    • love our wife (spouse)
    • Raise our kids in a Godly home
    • Be a person of biblical friendships.
    • Live fulfilling life and know we have accomplished much as we have lived for Him.

 

v. 8 – As servants WE PREACH – The unsearchable riches of Christ (THE WORD). The Bible is the WORD…. THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST.

  • Preach the word
  • We sing the word
  • We speak the word
  • We live the word

 

v. 9 – As servants WE bring to light – The goodness of the Gospel – to bring the light to all men.

 

SO THAT THE CHURCH

vv. 10-13 – By doing this WE MAKE KNOWN HIS GLORY

  • Make known the manifestation wisdom of God to make the church and cosmic beings.
  • WE ARE HOUSE OF GOD
  • THE LIGHT IN A DARK WORD
  • THE PEOPLE OF HOPE

 

 

Scripture References

1 Timothy 4

[1] Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, [2] through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, [3] who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. [4] For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, [5] for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

[6] If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. [7] Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; [8] for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. [9] The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. [10] For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

[11] Command and teach these things. [12] Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. [13] Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. [14] Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. [15] Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. [16] Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (ESV)

2 Timothy 2:1-7 “Digging Deeper on Sunday Nights – Remaining Faithful

My sermon notes for Sunday night, Feb. 16thRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Tim. 2:1-7

[1] You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, [2] and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. [3] Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. [4] No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. [5] An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. [6] It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. [7] Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (ESV)

 

Paul was encouraging Timothy to finish what had been started.  FINISH FAITHFUL.

 

Guard the good deposit – 1:14.  His salvation.  He is a new creation. Born again.

Be strengthened – 2:1 – be strong, stand, grow.  IN HIS GRACE

 

What it takes

Teacher – v. 2

Knowledge, Passion, Patience

  • heard – a student yourself.  Knowing and Growing
  • entrust – deposit for safe keeping
  • to faithful men
    • knowing and growing.
    • What is a disciple.
    • Who are we discipling?

 

 

Soldier – vv.3-4

Endurance, Dedication and Focus

  • Share in/endure suffering – expect it
  • Dedication to our superior – the lordship of Christ
    • Our dedication is not to a group, church, or pastor…but to the Lordship of Christ
  • Not entangled with the affairs of life – stay focused

 

Athlete – v. 5

Activity & Direction (obedience)

  • We must compete – get in the game
    • The game is living everyday with the joy and passion for who we are in Christ and what we are yet to become.
    • Our calling
    • Saved to Serve. HIM and OTHERS
  • We must compete by the rules
    • Not crowned unless

 

Farmer – v. 6

Diligence, Patience and Expectation

  • Hard working – everyday, preparing the soil
  • With an eye to the harvest
    • Purpose
    • Waiting… yet with hope.

 

 

 

Isaiah 7:1-25 – “Apostasy and Grace”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb 16th as we continue our study through the Book of Isaiah. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Isaiah 7:1-25 – Apostasy and Grace

WHOM DO WE TRUST

 

Ahaz’s Apostasy – vv. 1-12 (The Sins of Ahaz)

 

David had been warned earlier 2 Samuel 7:14 – I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, (ESV)

 

  • The enemies where mounting.
  • Alliances where made
  • Yet, Ahaz did not turn to the ONE that could help.

 

Isaiah approaches Ahaz – vv. 3-9 (God Speaks)

 

Go and out and meet Ahaz – v. 3

  • It is personal with God. (We reject Him.  We accept Him.  We all will stand before Him.)
  • He knows all that was going on in “Ahaz’s world”
  • Shear-jashub is a prophetic reminder – God is with us.

 

And say to him – v. 4

  • Be Careful – PAY ATTENTION
  • Be Quiet – stop talking! LISTEN
  • Do Not Fear – TAKE COURAGE
  • Do Not be Faint Hearted – TRUST

 

Because of these two smoldering stumps – v. 4

  • Ahaz saw them as a power enemy
  • God saw them as they were… evil – v. 5
    • An enemy of God’s people is an enemy of God.

 

 

God reminded Ahaz to … Stand Firm – v. 9

  • James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (ESV)

 

Ahaz’s Rejection– v. 10-12

 

Ask for a sign… you name it.

  • DO YOU TRUST ME?
  • God was giving him an opportunity to respond in faith and trust of who God really was.

 

I will not ask.  I will not put the Lord to a test

  • Trying to respond with God’s Words, but the heart was not right. EMPTY WORDS
  • He has created a God in his own image
  • His heart did not really embrace who God was.

 

God’s Grace.  A Promise – vv. 13-16 – A SIGN

Amid sin and rebellion, God promises to BE WITH THEM.

  • The remnant. Not all will fall away.
  • Those of FAITH and TRUST (Ears to Hear)

 

Immanuel will come – v. 14– God with us.

  • Ultimate fulfillment is Christ. Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (ESV)

 

Their land will be deserted – v. 16

  • Syria fell in 732 BC
  • Israel fell in 722 BC

 

 

God’s Judgment – vv. 17-25

WHEN WE DO NOT LISTEN, TRUST, and OBEY

 

In that day – v. 18 – Whistle for the fly and bee

  • Enemy nations attack… VERY MANY

In that day – v. 20 – Shave with a razor

  • Humiliation

In that day – v. 21- Keep alive a young cow and 2 sheep

  • Population diminished

In that day – v. 23 – land will become briars and thorns

  • Total destruction

 

Judgment now with Babylon – And leading up to Christs day with Roman control

 


 

What about us today: THE WHAT NOW

 

Ahaz’s condition was a heart issue – He was fearful and delusional (faulty judgment)

  • His ears were dull – 6:9-10
  • He rejected God’s Word – 7:7-9
  • He rejected God’s provision (sign) – 7:10-12
  • He was unable to discern God’s promises – 7:13-16

 

  1. God gave clear instruction warned of the consequences.
  2. Ahaz did not take heed.
  3. His sin was evident by his lack of faith (his actions)
    1. Where one places their faith is demonstrated by how one lives their life
    2. What one places their trust in… what they depend on.
    3. How one responds to the Words and Promises of God
  4. Earthly solutions only last for a season
  5. God’s promises are eternal.
  6. God is faithful. GOD IS WITH US
    1. Those with ears to hear…Listen
  7. Sand firm in faith! Trust in God.  Place your faith in Him.

 

2 Timothy 1:8-18 part 2 “Digging Deeper on Sunday Nights – Remaining Faithful”

My sermon notes for Sunday night, Feb. 9thRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Timothy 1:8–18 – part 2

Keys to being faithful in an unfaithful world.

 

What it takes to be faithful

  • Individually and Corporately

A plea to remain faithful for the sake for the Gospel

 

Part 1 – vv. 8-12b (last Sun night)

  1. Do not be ashamed- v. 8a
  2. Expect suffering – 8b
  3. Remember your salvation/Your calling – vv. 9-10
  4. Embrace your ministry/responsibility – vv. 11-12a

 

Trust in your identity– v. 12b

But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me

I am a new creation.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)

 

I know – with certainty

whom – Jesus.

I have believed – perfect tense.  Now and ongoing!

He is able to guard

  • Able- dunetos-power
  • Guard – keep, watch. Soldier

 

Romans 8:31–39 – [31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? [32] He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? [33] Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. [34] Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? [36] As it is written,“ For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

[37] No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. [38] For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, [39] nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

 

Until that day

  • Justified, Sanctified, Glorified.
  • Begin, Middle, and the End.

No matter what Paul had been through… He knew and continued to put his trust in who God was.  He was sure God would keep what He has started!!!!!

John 10:28–30 – [28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. [30] I and the Father are one.” (ESV)

Guard the Truth – vv. 13-14

13] Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. [14] By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

Follow – retain, hold, keep

Pattern – Outline, a standard.

In Faith – trust.  Power is in the truth. God’s Words

In Love – Love God. Love Others.

That are in Christ Jesus – He has set the perfect example

BY the Holy Spirit who dwells within us

  • The power and presence to do it.

Guard the good deposit

  • Treasure

Entrusted to you

  • TO YOU. ENTRUSTED!!!!!

 

Consider your associates – vv. 15-18

[15] You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. [16] May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, [17] but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me—[18] may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

What impact do my associates have on my life

  • Build me up or tear me down
  • Encouragement or discouragement

 

What impact do I have on my friends?

  • Do I build up or tear down?
  • Do I bring encouragement or discouragement?

Who am I pouring my life into?

 

Simple Truths:

  • Invest in those that will let you
  • Pray for those that will not.

Isaiah 6:1-13 – Confirmed, Called, and Sent

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb 9th as we continue our study through the Book of Isaiah. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Isaiah 6:1-13 – The Lord’s Confirmation

Following the vineyard song and woes of Chp. 5 we now see a vision experienced by Isaiah.  In a way only God can do, we see the Lord confirming His ministry upon Isaiah.  After the hard words that closed out Chp 5 we see the Calling, Confession, Cleansing, and Commissioning of Isaiah as he continues his crucial ministry to Judah.

 

 Isaiah’s Calling – vv. 1-4 (God summoned him into His presence)

 

The Earthly King – King Uzziah

Uzziah started well, but did not FINISH FAITHFUL 52 yrs. (our current p.m. study)

  • 2 Chron. 26 (v. 16 -grew proud to his destruction)

 

The year the king left his throne.  Isaiah encounter the KING ON HIS THRONE.

  • In a time of uncertainty and obvious transition… it is God who makes Himself known to Isaiah.

 

The Heavenly King – The Lord

  • Throne – His SOVEREIGNTY AND AUTHORITY.
  • High and lifted up – Exalted above all. His POWER AND MAJESTY
  • Train of robe filled temple – His HONOR AND DIGNITY

 

The Seraphim – Worship Him (He shows him a glimpse of heavenly worship)

They give us an example of how God’s calling is one about worship/service unto the Lord.

  • Only mentioned here. “Burning Ones”
  • 6 wings. Covering themselves.
    • Face – cannot gaze upon the glory of God. The burning ones cover in the midst of the Glory of God.
    • Feet – They are not worthy even though they serve the lord. TRUE HUMILITY
  • Holy, Holy, Holy – Emphatic, complete (some reference the trinity)
    • Separate and Different.
  • Whole earth is full of His glory – His presence is everywhere. PSALM 139
  • Shook/Smoke – His presence, power, and Will being carried out. (Jesus at cross. Darkness and earthquake)

 

He is both transcendent and immanent.  Beyond the physical yet indwelling His creation!

 

Isaiah’s Confession – v. 5

 

Woe is me – Fear, Terror. In a reverent way… yet in a terrifying way. (we need a little more this in our lives today!)

  • a natural reaction to the presence of God.
    • He was a sinner
    • He has seen God.

 

For I am lost

  • Because of my unclean lips. – The mouth is an abundance of the heart.

Matthew 12:33–37 – [33] “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. [34] You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. [35] The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. [36] I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, [37] for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (ESV)

I dwell in the midst of people with unclean lips

  • Acknowledging the problem around him. THEIR PROBLEM WAS THAT THEY HAVE SINNED AGAINST A HOLY GOD.
  • Calling sin for what it is. Instead of planning our actions on everything else  (always someone of something else)

 

Isaiah’s Cleansing – vv. 6-7

 

Burning coal & Altar

  • The brazen altar where the blood was shed. (Ex 27)
  • The coals (Lev 16:12)
  • The means for God’s purifying work.

 

Guilt taken away.  Sin atoned for

  • God did what Isaiah could not. He provided the way.
    • A perfect picture of Christ’s atonement.

 

1 John 1:8–10 – [8] If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV)

 

NOTICE

  • THERE WAS WOE BEFORE CLEANSING
  • We do not just come to the Lord because that is just what we/you do. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SINFULNESS BEFORE HIM AND BEG HIM TO FORGIVE YOU and REDEEM YOU. AND PLEAD FOR HIM TO ALLOW YOU TO SERVE HIM.

 

 

Isaiah’s Commissioning – vv. 8-13

 

He was forgiven and sent with a message.

 

The Messenger

  • Whom Shall I Send
    • Divine commission

 

  • Hear I am. Send Me
    • Obedience… an act of worship
      • I must (heart not right) I must (clean heart)
    • Faith and trust
      • Where you lead I will go.

 

The Message

  • With clarity – vv. 9 – 10
    • Go and say to this people
    • Keep hearing. BUT
    • Keep seeing, BUT
    • Hearts dull
      • REGARDLESS OF THE RECEPTION. Keep telling the truth

 

2 Corinthians 2:14–17 – [14] But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. [15] For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, [16] to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? [17] For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)

 

 

  • With steadfastness – vv. 11-12 – How Long O Lord?
    • Until the cities are waste
    • Until the Lord removes

 

  • With purpose– v. 13
    • The Holy Seed is its stump
      • A lone seed growing from an old stump
      • Isaiah 9:6-7 – Unto us a child is born
      • Isaiah 11:1-9 – Stump, root of Jesse

 

Putting things in perspective:

  • They may not listen
    • They are deaf to the things of God
  • Their deafness is a sign of God’s judgment
  • When the Word is shared, two things happen.
    • Heart is softened (Fragrance of life)
    • Heart is hardened (Fragrance of death)
  • We cannot change the message hoping to CREATE RECEPTIVE HEARTS
    • Telling them what we think they WANT to hear.

2 Timothy 1:8-18 part 1 – “Digging Deeper on Sunday Nights – Remaining Faithful”

My sermon notes for Sunday night, Feb. 2ndRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Timothy 1:8–18

What it takes to be faithful

Keys to being faithful in an unfaithful world.

  • Individually and Corporately

A plea to remain faithful for the sake for the Gospel

 

Do not be ashamed- v. 8a

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner,

 

  • Of the Gospel
  • Of the messenger of the Gospel

 

Expect suffering – 8b

but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,

 

  • But Share – we are in this together. We are not alone.
  • For the Gospel – Is has a purpose
  • By the power of God – suffering is part of God’s will.

 

Remember your salvation/Your calling – vv. 9-10

[9] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, [10] and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

 

  • Saved us – SAVIOR
  • Called us – LORD
    • To a Holy calling – set apart

 

WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE

  • THE FLOW OF OUR SALVATION
    • Not according to works
    • According to Grace
      • The means to carry out the purpose.
    • Before the ages beganNow manifested through our Savior Jesus Christ
      • for all eternity
    • abolished death, brought to life, and immortality
    • to life through the Gospel

 

Embrace your ministry/responsibility – vv. 11-12a

[11] for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, [12] which is why I suffer as I do.

Preacher – proclaimer/herald. Public exhortation. Not his words.. BUT HIS WORDS

Apostle – authority. Today the Bible is our authority.

Teacher – conveying is such a way that knowledge is gained.  Instruct with a purpose…to develop and encourage learning.

 

Proclaiming with authority the words that can bring about change.

  • From head to heart.
  • Easier to share Words.  Lecture and Share knowledge.  Much more challenging to make disciples.