2 Timothy 2:14–26 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 6th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

2 Timothy 2:14–26


  • Paul is laying out Timothy’s responsibilities as a pastor/elder so that he can ENDURE IN MINISTRY AND FINISH FAITHFUL.
  • Standing on truth in a world that does not want to hear it
  • How to live amongst false teachers
  • LIVING AS ONE APPROVED  (accepted because our life is genuine)

Live Unashamed of the Gospel – vv. 14-19

[14] Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. [15] Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. [16] But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, [17] and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, [18] who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. [19] But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Remind and Charge – v. 14a

  • Them.  The church, but it could also be the church leadership. LEADERSHIP IS KEY. EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS BASED UPON THE FOUNDATION LAID BY THE LEADERSHIP.
  • Remind and Charge. The importance of the task
    • 2 Timothy 2:8–10 – [8] Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, [9] for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! [10] 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. (ESV)
    • THE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL, THE GOSPEL.  Get the Gospel right and Keep the Gospel right.

Speak truth clearly – v. 14b

  • Quarrel about Words
    • This does not mean that we should not defend and stand for the truth.
    • This literally means not misusing the Word.  Not teaching and sharing the Word in an unworthy manner.

Present yourself approved before God

  • An unashamed worker
  • At times it seems people are ashamed to stand for God.  We fear man more than God.
  • 1 John 2:28 – Live in such a way that we will not be unashamed at His coming

Rightly handle the Word of truth – v. 15

  • Cutting a straight line (We would never think a crooked cut board is acceptable. We make this way to difficult)

Avoid foolish babble – vv. 16-18

  • Leads to more ungodliness
  • Swerved from the truth
  • A little wrong is still wrong.
    • Once it is allowed it carries on!  The slippery slope… a little now will be much more later.

Make a stand – v. 19

  • God’s firm foundation
  • He knows those that are His
  • Depart form iniquity

Live Different from the World – vv. 20-23

[20] Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. [21] Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

[22] So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. [23] Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Living as Honorable Vessels – vv. 21-22

  • Gold and Silver
    • Honorable
    • Set apart as holy
    • Useful
    • Ready for every good work
  • Wood and Clay
    • Dishonorable

Fleeing youthful passions – v. 22a & 23

  • Foolish, ignorant, controversies

Pursing that which is right – v. 22b

  • Righteousness, faith, love, and peace.

Live as a Servant of Christ– vv. 24-26

[24] And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, [25] correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, [26] and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (ESV)

A Servant’s character – vv. 24-25a

  • Not quarrelsome
  • Kind
  • Able to teach
  • Patiently enduring evil
  • Correcting with gentleness
    • Helping them understand.
    • Remembering your own growth journey

A Servant’s Ministry – v. 25b-26

As we follow Christ, Love Christ, and Live for Christ, Share Christ… then we know that the Gospel through our life will accomplish its purpose!


  • God changes people… not me
  • God’s Word not mine… brings about the change
  • Once their heart truly changes… then their life will follow
  • God may grant them repentance
  • Leading to
    • Knowledge of the truth
    • Come to their senses
    • Escape the snare of the devil
      • Captured to do his will


  • Our friends will change
  • Our family will change
  • Our community will change

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