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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Keep

Our fourth message in the series Making Disciples finds us working through 2 Timothy 1:13-18 in order to learn what Paul meant when he wrote to Timothy telling him to "hold fast" to the standard of God's Word. He was discipling Timothy by teaching him how to relate to the Word of God in every part of his life and ministry. Timothy had to be reminded that the Word of God is our pattern, our standard for how to think, feel, talk, and live.

Further, Timothy is encouraged to "keep" the Word as it had been committed to him. To keep means both to guard and to obey, and Paul tells Timothy that in order to do this he must rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit who has indwelt him.

Paul closes this paragraph by giving examples of those who have abandoned him and those who have ministered to him demonstrating the truth that if we are to hold fast and keep the Word of God then we must be loyal to Christ, to His Word, and to His body - upholding one another even in times of trials and hardship.

Through this message we learn that when we TEST the Scriptures we find that the Word of God is True, Effectual, Sufficient, and Timeless. Because it is each of these things we find that the Word of God reveals to us Christ and gives to us all that we need to follow Him. Through the Word we are convicted, converted, given faith, sanctified, and given assurance. This explains then why we must keep the Word whether we are making disciples or being discipled, for without the Word we have no power, no foundation, no standard, and no truth!

Here is the preaching outline. You can listen or download this message for free by clicking on the title below:

Keep
2 Timothy 1:13-18
Making Disciples

A. Hold Fast (vs. 13)
1. The Pattern of Sound Words – the standard
2. Which You Heard from Me
3. In Faith and Love
4. Which are in Christ Jesus
B. Keep – Guard (vs. 14)
1. The Good Thing
2. By the Holy Spirit
3. This is the Word of God
a. True – Psa 12:6; 119:140; Prov 30:5
b. Effectual - Isa 55:10-11; Rom 10:17; John 17:17
c. Sufficient - Psa 19:7-11; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Psa 119:9, 11; 2 Peter 1:2-4
d. Timeless – Psa 119:128, 160; 1 Peter 1:25
C. Be Loyal (vs. 15-18)
1. Those in Asia Turned Away
2. Phygellus and Hermogenes
3. Household of Onesiphorus, the Faithful
a. Refreshed
b. Was Not Ashamed
c. Sought Me Zealously
d. Found Me
e. Ministered to Me
4. Acts 2:40-47

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