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Jun-27-11

2 Timothy 1:1-5 – The Promise of Life

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This is Paul’s Final Letter, the Last Words He will Write Before His Death.

The Letter is Tender, Sympathetic, Tearful, Yet Heroic and Stately.

Even in the Face of Death , there is the Promise of Life.

I. In The Will of God. (V.1)

A. God Has a Will [thelema]  (Desire) for Each One’s Life.

B. Some of God’s Will Is In General for Everyone.

1. Salvation

2. Soul Winning

3. Sacrificial Giving

4. Surrendered Service.

C. Some of God’s Will Is Particular to the Person.

1. Designed Just For You.

2. Detailed In His Equipping Gift for You.

II. In the Person Of Jesus Christ. (VV. 1b-2)

A. True Life Is In Him and Him Alone.(V. 1b)

B.  Trusted Gifts To  Everyone Who receives Him. (V.2)

1. Grace – You’ll Never Be Bigger Than Grace !

2. Mercy – Never Be a Time When You Won’t Need Mercy. !

3. Peace -  Only REAL Peace that One Has Is In Lord God !

III. In the Personal Relationships With Saints of God. (VV. 3-5)

A. From an Inheritance Incorruptible. (V.3)

1. Exhibited in a Pure Conscience.

a. No Unconfessed Sin.

b. No Hidden Sins.

2. Expressed in the Power of Prayer.

B.  From  An Empathy and Sympathy Producing Joy. (V.4)

C.  From An Understanding of a Sure Foundation. (V.5)

1. Remembering What Was Taught.

2. Recalling What You Learned.

HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE PROMISE OF LIFE FROM JESUS CHRIST ?

ARE YOU LIVING OUT THE PROMISE OF LIFE EACH AND EVERY DAY ?

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Thank God for Christian Ladies Who Are Dedicated to Christ and

His Church and Live as an Example of that Priority before Their Children.

The Church Would Be Paralyzed without Godly Women Committed to Christ’s Work.

The Apostle Paul sets down the Design for a Godly Woman Functioning  in Her Church :

Consider the Passage in this Translation from the Greek Language:

“And I want women to be modest in their appearance.

They should wear decent and appropriate clothing

And not draw attention to themselves by the way they

Fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.

For Women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. Women should listen and learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward He made Eve.

And it was the woman, not Adam, who was deceived by Satan, and sin was the result. But Women will be saved through childbearing and by continuing to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.”

I. The Ladies’ Example In the Church. (VV. 9-10)

A. Appearances  that Applaud God and Honor Him. (V.9)

B. Actions That Show Godliness and Good Works. (V. 10)

II. The Ladies’ Experience In the Church. (VV. 11-12)

A. God’s  Chain of Command in His Church.

B. Godly Women Teach Women and Children.

1. Examples of Grace and Obedience.

2. Exalt the Savior.

III. The Ladies’  Exaltation In The Church. (VV. 13-15)

A. Her Proper Function  Results In Blessedness.

1. Her  Children  ” Call her Blessed” ( Prov. 31: 28)

2. Her Husband “Praises Her”. ( Prov. 31: 28)

B. Her Future Expectation. ( V. 15)

1. She Is Saved By The Birth of A Child – Jesus Christ.

Every Mother IS NOT going to Heaven simply Because She Is A Mother.

2. Godly Mothers Join With the Creator God.

a. Producing  The Next Generation Physically and Spiritually.

b. Providing Obedience to God’s Redemptive Plan.

IF YOU ARE NOT GOD’S CHILD COME NOW AND GIVE YOUR LIFE TO HIM.

COMMIT YOUR LIFE AND HOME TO HAVING CHRIST  ABOVE  EVERYTHING .

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This Is The Second Word from the Cross.

Jesus Died on the Cross for Each and Every One of Us.

Just a Simple Cry Like the Thief  Cried Can Bring You Eternal Life !

I. Exhibition of Renown Faith.

A. Prayer of Faith – “Lord”.

1. Never Saw A Miracle.

2. Never heard a Sermon.

B. Prayer of Expectation.  – “Remember Me.”

1. Believed Him to Be Lord.

2. Expected Him to Complete His Work.

II. Example of Christ’s Forgiveness.

A. Should Make Us Forgiving.

B. Should Make Us  Forbearing.

C. Should Make Us Faithful.

III. Exclamation of Christ’s Love. (V.43)

A. Word of Personal Assurance.

B. Word of Passionate Promise.

C. Word of Profound Pardon.

D. Word about Paradise.

1. Jesus Did Away with Paradise.

2. There is No “Soul Sleep” or Unconscious State.

3. Salvation is Not By Works but by God’s Grace.

In All The Pain and Agony of the Cross, Christ Won One More .

Help Us Not to Put Up Petty Excuses as to Why We Don’t win Someone.

Do You Have The Sure Hope of The Dying Thief ?

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Every Young Person and Adult Should Agonize to Know the Will of God for Their Life.

Being in the Will of God Is The Most Content Anyone Will Ever Be.

There Is the Perfect Will of God and The Permissive Will of God.

Paul Shows Us the Basic Will of God for our Lives:

I. A Relationship in Salvation. (V. 4)

A. God Does Not Want Anyone in Hell. (2 Peter 3:9)

B. God Earnestly Desires a Personal Relationship with Us.

II. A Reception of the Knowledge of Truth. (V. 4b)

A. The Ability to Discern Truth. (John 7:17)

B. The Accumulation of the Knowledge of God through His Word.

III. The Realization of the Provisions of Prayer. (VV. 5-7)

A. There Is No Other God Beside Him. (V.5)

B. There Is Only One Mediator.(V.5)

1. The Gnostics Had A System of Mediators Made Up of Angels.

2. Later  Dead “Saints” were Added to Mediate for those on Earth.

C. There is One Ransom Paid by Jesus Christ – Calvary was No Accident.(V.6)

[Prayer Should Cause Us To Remember The Testimony of Calvary.]

D. Prayer Brings Us to The Reality of Sharing Jesus With Others. (V.7)

1. Christ did the Work of Reconciliation.

2. We Must Share The Word of Reconciliation.

E. There is A Call to Purity In Prayer . (V.8)

“For This Is The Will of God In Christ Jesus Concerning You”(I Thess. 5: 18b)

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The Intense Spiritual battles of Our Generation Are Heating Up.

Christians Cannot and Must Not Be Content to Sit on the Sidelines.

The Battle is these Last Days Is Raging and God’s People Must Be

Counted On to Get Everyone Ready For the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In these Passages, the Apostle Paul Tells Us How to Wage Spiritual Warfare:

I. Commitment  to  The Word of God. (V. 18)

A. “Commit” [paratithemi] – “To DEPOSIT”

1. Dedicate Ourselves to Learning the Word of God.

2. Depositing the Truth of God In Our Lives and Live It Out.

B. Commit to the War for God. (V. 18 b)

1. Means Wounds and Bruises.

2. Means also Medals of Honor.

Didn’t Give In, Give Out, Give Over, or Give Up…

…True the Word of God !

II. Committed to The Faith. (V.19)

A. Staying True to The Word of God – “The Faith Once Delivered”(Jude 3)

B. Sensing the Alarm to Holy Living in an Unholy World. – “Conscience”

1. People Need an Amplifier for that Still Small Voice.

2. Clear Conscience is by “Judging One’s Self and Confessing Sin”

C. Seeing Unconfessed Sins Will Shipwreck our Lives.

1. David in Psalm 51:3.

2. Hymeneus and Alexander (V.20; 2 Tim. 2:17)

III. Committed to the Power of Prayer. (2:1-3)

A. Obeying the Command to Pray. (V.1)

1. In Boldness

2. In Confidence

B. Receiving the Promise of Prayer. (V. 2)

C. Resting In the One Who answers Prayer.(V.3)

Would You Pray ?: “Lord make me to know the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s Presence within me. May your Spirit control my thoughts and desires and empower me to serve you.”

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As our walk through 1 Timothy continues we examine the importance of being found faithful.

“Wouldn’t it be great if life had an Instruction Book, a set of directions that lead you to a productive, rewarding life so that at its end you can nod in satisfaction and declare  ” Mission Completed”? It Does !  Life’s Instruction Book is probably by your bed or on a living room table. IT’S THE BIBLE ! It is given by God to guide you through life. But for it to do you any good, you must rad it; you must do your homework.

THE BIBLE IS GOD’S INSTRUCTION BOOK WITH DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR LIFE ! “- E. McMinn

The Bible Which is Our Doctrine teaches us :

Do Away with Arrogance; There is No Thankfulness in the World; But We Should Be Thankful.

Thankfulness – Gratitude Is One of The Keys to True Victory in Christ Jesus.

We Must Realize Where we Came from Before we Can Know Where We’re Going.

I. Being Found Faithful Exemplifies Gratitude. (V. 12)

A. The Object of Our Gratefulness Is Jesus Christ.

B. Because He Has ENABLED Us, We ARE Faithful.

II. Deliverance from Our Past Brings Faithfulness in the Present. (V.13)

A. Our Past Was Unfaithfulness.

B. Our Past Brought Slander, Injury, and Hurt.

C. God’s Mercy Gives Us Reason to Be Faithful.

III. Realizing What Jesus Has Done for Us Should Merit Faithfulness. (VV. 14-17)

A. In Him We Have Abundant Grace, faith, and Love. (V.14)

B. In Him We Have Forgiveness and Salvation. (V.15)

C. In Him We  Are To Be Faithful for the Sake of Others. (V.16)

D. In Faithfulness, We Honor the King of Kings, our God. (V.17)

Would You Pray ?: “Lord, I Thank you that Our Church has been given a unique place in your kingdom. Help me to turn from sin and self and deliver me so that I may be used by you in this church. Help me to begin by reading your Word, The Bible, Every Day and putting You and My Church First .”

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As we continue our journey through Paul’s first letter to Timothy, we encounter the importance of adhering to strong Biblical Doctrine.  In a world where we are pulled in so many different directions by opinions, thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, we need a firm place to plant our feet. Paul reminds us that when we stand on truth and sound Biblical doctrine, we are not easily moved.

Our Doctrine: Authoritative Belief Coming from the Bible.

Our Lives are framed and ordered by Biblical Doctrine.

The Bible Is Given to Us as a Rule and Guide for our Faith and Practice.

I. The Purpose of Doctrine is Love. (V.5)

A. It Is Love Without Division: God is not the Author of Confusion.

B. It Is Love from a “Pure Heart”.

1. Redeemed by the Blood of Jesus.

2. Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus

C. It is Love from a “Good Conscience”.

1. Nothing Between Ourselves and Jesus.

2. Nothing Between Ourselves and Others.

D. It Is Love from an “Unfeigned Faith.”

1. Without Hypocrisy.

2. Transparency: Not Pretending to be what One Is Not.

II. The Perversion of Doctrine is Legalism. (VV. 6-11)

A. Having “Twisted Out of Joint” Causing Pain to the Whole Body. (V.6)

B. Teaching Something That was Never Intended or Interpreted as such. (V.7)

C. Failure to Understand We Are Under GRACE not under the LAW. (VV.8-11)

1. Sound Doctrine is the Glory of the Blessed God. (V.11)

2. The Pounding of Legalism never leads people to the Christ or His Church.

Doctrine: “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be Saved.”

The Redeemed  Have an Abundant Life in Jesus Christ the Lord.

A “Saved Person” has His Name Written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life”.

Would you Pray ?: ” Heavenly Father, I tend to perceive Myself and My Church Life better than it really is. Enable me to see where I really am in my walk with you. Enable me to see where I really am  in regards to this Church. Give me the courage to face the truth and change for your Glory.”

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We begin a new journey on this podcast, a walk through 1 Timothy.  Paul’s letter to his son in the faith is not only great for young people to study and apply to their lives, it’s wonderful for Believers of all ages to study and be reminded of just what it means to stand firm in times when it seems so many others are wavering.  At the end of the sermon there is a prayer (which is printed below) that we encourage you to consider to truly pray and let God work in your life in the way it suggests.

Though for All Ages, First and Second Timothy is Mainly  a Guide  for Young People.

Young People Need Encouragement for the Task facing Them Today.

Letters to Timothy are a Rule and Guide for Our Faith and Practice in Today’s World.

As Paul, It is Necessary to Have a Testimony (V.1) – Notice His:

1. Persecutor to Preacher.

2. “least of All Saints” (Ephesians 3:8)

3. “Chief of Sinners” (I Tim. 1:15)

4. Exemplified :”I Must Decrease” (John 3:30)

5. Greatest Hope In Jesus Christ:

a. “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2: 11-13)

b. “Purifying Hope” (I Jn. 3: 1-3)

c. “Comforting Hope” (I Thess. 4: 13-18)

I.  Avoid Poisonous Doctrine (VV. 2-3)

II. Stay away From Pernicious Effects. (V.4)

“Pernicious” – Harmfully Spread (contagious) in Hidden and Injurious Manner.

III. Heed The Exhortation to Quell Tide of Heresy. (V. 4)

Would you pray ? : “Lord, I confess to keeping my Christianity comfortable and safe. I am afraid of what you would do if you were in total control. Plant in my heart  a desire for true revival. Give me a glimpse of YOU that will bring the rest of my life in focus. Awaken my desires for holiness within me. Give me the courage to seek You with my whole heart so that I may honor you.”

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What the Bible says about the coming antichrist :

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. • This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard • was coming and now is in the world already. 1 John 4:3

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son 1 John 2:22

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 2 john 7

I. Fate of the Antichrist (V.8)

II. Faith of the Antichrist (V.9)

III.Followers of the Antichrist (VV. 10-12)

1. Refused Salvation (V.10)

2. Receive Delusion (V.11)

3. Rewarded with Damnation (V.12)

IF A MAN REFUSES CHRIST AND THE RAPTURE COMES, HE’LL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED ! Re: V. 12 – “ALL”

(part 2)

Plague of the Antichrist – Part 2

2 Thessalonians 2: 3-12

There are certain things we need to understand about this coming antichrist.

His spirit is already working among us and effecting many in Churches today.

His Drawing Power is overwhelming in desensitizing the population.

I. Names Of The Antichrist

The name of the Antichrist is not given to us in Scripture. But some Bible writers have definite terms used of him, as follows:

Assyrian—Isa. 10:5

Beast—Rev. 13:1

Chaldean—Hab. 1:6

King of Fierce Countenance—Dan. 8:23

Little Horn—Dan. 7:8

Man of Sin—II Thess. 2:3

Son of Perdition—II Thess. 2:3

Vile Person—Dan. ll:21

The Wicked—II_ Thess. 2:8

II. Life Of The Antichrist

Briefly sketched, the following are the salient points in the life history of the future Antichrist:

(1) Inconspicuous beginning—Dan. 7:8, 24; Rev. 6:1, 2.

(2) Makes treaty with Jews for Seven Years—Isa. 28:15, 18; Dan. 9:27.

(3) Overcomes some resistance in uniting Europe—Dan. 7:8, 20, 24.

(4) Becomes head of 10-nation European Confederacy—Rev. 13:1; 17:12, 13.

(5) Attacked by Kings of the South and the North, and is killed—Dan. 11:40–43.

(6) His deadly head wound is healed—Rev. 13:1, 12:14.

(7) He becomes world ruler—Rev. 13:7b; 17:9, 11–14, 17, 18; 18:2, 10, 16.

(8) Breaks Jewish treaty and stops temple sacrifices—Dan. 9:27.

(9) Kills the Two Witnesses—Rev. 11:3–7.

(10) Usurps divine worship—II Thess. 2:4; Matt. 24:15.

(11) Persecuted the Jews—Dan. 7:21–22; Jer. 30:7.

(12) Kills the 144,000 Evangelists—Rev. 14:1–5.

(13) Destroys the World Church—Rev. 17:16–17.

(14) Defeated at Armageddon by Christ—Rev. 17:14; 19:19.

(15) Cast alive into the Lake of Fire—Rev. 19:20; 20:10.

III. Character Of The Antichrist

The personal character of the Antichrist may be described as follows:

(1) High intelligence—Rev. 13:18; Dan. 7:8.

(2) Great speaking ability—Dan. 7:8; Rev. 13:5.

(3) Crafty political talents—Dan. 9:27; Rev. 17:12, 13, 17.

(4) Strong physical appearance—Dan. 7:20.

(5) Military genius—Rev. 13:4; 17:14; 19:19.

(6) Morally, the worse personage

(a) Materialistic—Dan. 11:38

(b) Blasphemer—Rev. 13:6

(c) Against the Law—II Thess. 2:8

(d) Selfish ambition—Dan. 11:36, 37; II Thess. 2:4.

(e) Tries to change prophecy and history—Dan. 7:25

(f) Substitutes self for God—Dan. 11:36; II Thess. 2:4

WILL YOU BE HERE WHEN THE ANTICHRIST ARRIVES ON THE SCENE ?

ARE YOU SAVED AND READY FOR THE RAPTURE ?

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These verses Are Bathed in Prayer for Us To Be “God People”.

May God Say, “You Are Mine I Will Do My Work In You !”

The Greatest Thing we Can Do For Each Other Is To Pray.

Specific Prayer Honors God; Personal Prayer Lays Hold On the Power of Heaven.

I. We Glorify Him By Our Performance. (V.11)

A. Let God Make Us The Child He Wants us To Be.

B. Every Saved Person Ought to Live It !

C. Our Faith is Rewarded by His Power.

FAITH THAT SAVES IS BUSY SERVING GOD !

II. We Glorify Him By Our Praise. (V. 12)

A. Glorifying His Name, Glorifies Him.

B. Christ is To be Praised Because of What Is seen In Us.

C. We Are Receiving Glory as We Praise Him.

There Is a Call Away from Mediocrity and Compromise.

There is a Call to Stand and say, ” I BELONG TO CHRIST !”

All the Power of God waits to be unleashed in us and Bring

Praise and Glory to Our Lord Jesus Christ !