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Conforming to the image of Christ (week 9) Finishing Faithful

My study notes for Sunday night Dec. 17th. To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit



2 Tim. 4:5-8

Finishing the life God has saved us to live.

Finishing the journey toward Christ-likeness

(For individuals, but also for the church)



We look at our life as a spiritual  journey.


  1. We love the journey/mission/calling


  1. We realize we are just passing through. 1 Peter 2:11-12


  1. We keep going – We persevere in the faith – Phil 3:12-4:1


It takes discipline, devotion, and dependence to complete the journey.


It is not for the faint hearted.


1 Timothy 4:6–16 – [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)


This is why scripture teaches that only those that are saved will persevere to the end.


Developing a plan is important to keep us on pace for the journey.


  1. My daily walk in/with Christ and His Church


  1. My family


  1. My Vocation


  1. My life on mission
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