My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 18th. 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 4:6–8
Paul is nearing the end of his life and he is sharing parting words
After encouraging Timothy to fulfill his ministry (4:5) Paul is pouring out his heart as he reflects upon his own.
As Paul is encouraging Timothy, we have these words to encourage us.
A great pattern for living in the now as we await the future
A life poured out as a sacrifice awaiting our crown!
Living your life in the now – vv. 6-7
Already poured out – He knew his life was coming to an end.
He is in his 2nd imprisonment and understands the outcome.
Long, hard, yet selfless life.
Drink offering – In the OT. Pouring win on the altar as a sacrifice to God.
He strived to live his life as a sacrifice to the Lord
Paul nothing… Jesus everything.
Time of my departure has come – Untying a boat so that it may depart.
Paul knew he was about to leave his temporary home, so that he could arrive to his eternal home
He Fought, He Finished, He Kept
I have fought the fight – Agonize the good agony.
I have finished the race – Completed the mission God gave him
I have kept the faith – His trust in the Lord was his motivation
PAUL HAD SUCH A PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE. ALL OF HIS LIFE FOCUSED ON THE CALL OF GOD UPON HIS LIFE.
I did what God called ME to do and I did it the way in which God called me to do it!
Too often we do what we want to do… based on what we think we need and what is best. We put our time and energy on the temporal things of the day. (Career, Success, Ambitions… you name it)
What if we could be more like Paul
Living each day for God’s Glory
Living each day to fulfill the Great Commission (Making Disciples)
Living each day with a Kingdom Focus
FIGHT, FINISH, AND KEEP
Living your life for the future – v.8
Laid up for me – What awaits Paul. (FOR ME)
Because of his faith in Christ.
Received because he crosses the finish line
STARTING AND FINISHING
Parable of the soils… Receives and bears fruit
The crown of righteousness
The crown for finishing.
Paul finished is life because of righteousness…clothed with the righteousness of Christ (Not our righteousness but clothed with His!!!)
The Lord, the righteous judge – Given by Christ
The finished work of Christ
Just as Christ said…” It is Finished”
Paul can say as he receives the crown from Christ… “IT IS FINISHED”
For all those who have loved His appearing
Had loved is perfect tense… something that took place in the past with continuing impact.
His appearing – Longing to see Him. Excited about His return
Live a life of joyful expectation… we could see Him at any moment
My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 11th. 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 Tim 4:1-5
Paul is encouraging Timothy of the dangers that lay ahead for the church and his ministry. (Remember 2 Tim 3)
The last charge to Timothy as the letter comes to a close.
2 Timothy 3:17 – that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV)
EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK….A rally cry…PREACH THE WORD?
THE CHARGE– vv. 1-2
I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ
Divine Charge from God. Therefore, it should be taken seriously
Also used as testimony. Paul is giving the charge in the court setting in the presence of God!
Preach the Word
Be a herald. Declare openly. Publicly proclaim the message the King has given you. (That was the job of the herald)
More than just believing it is God’s Word… We are to PROCLAIM IT AS GOD’S WORD.
Word=Scripture. Remember the message from last week. 2 Tim. 3:16-17
The importance of the Word is throughout:
2 Tim. 1:8 – Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord
2 Tim. 1:13 – Follow the pattern of sound words
2 Tim 2:2 – what you have heard from me… entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also
2 Tim. 2:15 – worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth
2 Tim. 2:24 – A servant of the Lord… must be able to teach
2 Tim. 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God
THE TIME FRAME – v. 2b
Prayed up and Prepared.
We cannot share what we do not know.
To share the Word… we must be a person of the Word
1 Peter 3:15 – but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (ESV)
In Season and Out of Season
Every day and on every occasion
When they want to hear it and when they do not (good and bad)
There is never a time where the Word is not necessary or sufficient.
THE IMPACT – v. 2c
It has the power to change the whole person – mind, actions, and encouragement of the will.
Reprove – Tell the truth about sin. Expose and point out.
For the purpose of conviction. So that they will turn from sin
Rebuke – Criticize Sharply
Urgency and authority. Strong disapproval.
Paul uses only once
Jesus uses often
Matt. 8:26 – the elements
Matt 17:18 – the demonic
Luke 17:3 – if your brother sins…then
Exhort – Encourage
Come alongside of
Aid, help, comfort
Gal. 6:1-6 – Gently restore
With Complete patience and teaching
The Who: We must learn to deal with people. WE ARE PEOPLE PERSONS.
The How: With patience and teaching
Not harsh, sarcastic, or judgmental
With endurance. Carefully instructing.
THE NEED – vv. 3-4
For a time is coming
Opposition is to be expected.
The church has always been persecuted.
Will not endure sound teaching
REMEMBER, we live in a fallen world. THE DEPRAVED WILL NOT EMBRACE THE TRUTH.
Their response should not curtail our desire to proclaim.
Will have itching ears
A desire for variety. Curiosity.
Accumulate teachers to meet their passions
BINGO… their passions. WHAT I THINK AND DESIRE rather than what God has provided.
Turn from truth and wander to into myths
Narrow verse wide gate
Truth is narrow. Untruth is wide
Deny the absolute truths of God and believe a myth/fable
THE PERSON– v. 5
As vessels of the Lord, we must be people of the Lord.
Pay careful attention. Watchful in all things.
Sober – free from intoxications. FREE FROM THE THINGS OF THE WORLD. THE CONTINUOUS MOVEMENTS WITHIN CHURCH CIRCLES…one thing after another.
Get ready for tough times
The victory is won, yet we are in a battle
Do the work of an evangelist
Keep sharing the Gospel. Fulfilling the Great Commission.
We do what we do so people will trust in the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST