2 TIMOTHY 2

6 Outlines

 

2 Timothy 2:1-4

PRINCIPLES FOR A GODLY PASTOR

 

BE STRONG IN GRACE – Vs. 1

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

 

BE SELECTIVE IN TEACHING – Vs. 2 (Train “faithful men”)

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

 

BE STUBBORN IN ENDURANCE – Vs. 3

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 

BE SEPARATED IN BEHAVIOR – Vs. 4

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

 

 

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2 Timothy 2:1-4

MAKE IT COUNT!     

 

Colossians 3:17 - "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

 

Whatever we do for the Lord Jesus must be done with sincere fervency!  We might not get a second chance to make a positive impression in some one's life. We must make whatever we do count for Christ!

 

When Paul wrote the Epistle of Second Timothy, he was preparing for his own departure from this earth. He was giving Timothy specific instructions that would help Timothy minister even after Paul had been removed from the scene. It is as if Paul is telling Timothy in Chapter 2, verses 1-4, "Make it Count!  Tale advantage of your opportunities, and this how you do it! In this passage Paul speaks of:

 

SONSHIP AND STRENGTH - Vs. 1

Paul calls Timothy his Son, or his child. Timothy is called this because paul led Timothy to faith in Christ. Paul wants Timothy to "Make it Count" because he is Paul's spiritual child, and because Timothy was a child or Son of God.

 

It is of the utmost importance that you make your life count by becoming a child of God. (Explain the Gospel using John 1:12-13.)

 

Coming along with sonship is strength. Paul instructs Timothy to be "strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."  There are times when we will feel extremely weak, inadequate, and overwhelmed. Sometimes we will not feel capable of doing or facing what God wants us to do or face.  We need the grace of Christ to carry us through. As a Christian, I am in Christ. I must appropriate His strength.  John 15:4-7, Galatians 2:20

 

DISCIPLESHIP AND DISCIPLING - Vs. 2

Timothy was a disciple. He was a learner, an adherent, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He was discipled in the things of Christ, and Paul had taught him many things.

As disciples, we must continue to learn and grow. 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Timothy 2:15

As disciples, we must learn to disciple others. Paul told Timothy to pass on the things he had learned from Paul to faithful men who would be able to teach others.

We are all disciples of Christ. We all should be discipling others. Matthew 28:19-20

 

ENDURANCE AND ENTANGLEMENTS - Vss. 3-4

A good soldier of Jesus Christ endures hardship.

A good soldier does not get entangled with the things of this life. 

 

As good soldiers we should:

Eat, but not be entangled in eating

Sleep, but not be entangled by sleeping

Take furlough, but not be entangled in vacation

Have recreation, but not be entangled in recreation.

 

We do these things so we can please the one who has enlisted us to be a soldier.

 

 

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2 Timothy 2:1-4

A GOOD DISCIPLE

 

A GOOD DISCIPLE IS STRONG - Vs. 1

 

A GOOD DISCIPLE IS SMART - Vs. 2

He trains others.

 

A GOOD DISCIPLE IS A (GOOD) SOLDIER - Vss. 3-4

 

 

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2 Timothy 2:1-6

WORD PICTURES FOR TIMOTHY

 

Remember when you were a kid?  Your favorite books were the books

with pictures in them. As I grew up, I enjoyed going to my great

grandmother's house, where she had Sunday School papers that had the

Bible, and other stories in cartoon form. Even today, we like to see

pictures to illustrate what we are reading.

 

There is another kind of picture I enjoy. It is called a "word picture".

This is when someone illustrates what they are saying with a story, an

example, a model, or an illustration from life. Most of us find it

easier to remember someone's "word pictures" more than any other part of

a message.

 

The Bible makes use of word pictures. Our Lord often used them. Some of

the ones he used were the sower and the soils, the vine and the

branches, the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son, the unjust

steward, and the wheat and the tares.

 

In 2 Timothy 2 we find several word pictures used as illustrations by

Paul for his disciple, Timothy.  I see Paul taking Timothy on an

imaginary tour as he brings him with word pictures to:

 

THE CLASSROOM Vs. 2

THE ARMY CAMP Vss. 3-4

THE SPORTS ARENA Vs. 5

  The man who strives for masteries is the athlete competing in an

  athletic event. The crown here is the victor's wreath given to the

  winner. In order to be crowned the winner, he must follow the rules.

THE VINEYARD Vs. 6

 

 

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2 Timothy 2:3-4

A GOOD SOLDIER

 

ENDURANCE - "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

 

ENTANGLEMENTS - "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life;"

 

ENLISTMENT - "...that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."

 

If you would like another point, consider:

ENABLEMENT - Ephesians 6:13-18

God will only call on us to do those things that He will enable us to do.

 

 

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2 Timothy 2:22-26

GOD'S SERVANT

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FLEE YOUTHFUL LUSTS - Vs. 22a

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FOLLOW A SPECIFIC PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR - Vs. 22

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FORSAKE FOOLISH ARGUMENTS - Vss. 23-24a

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FOCUS ON HUMBLY REACHING THOSE WHO OPPOSE THEMSELVES - Vss. 24b-26

 

 

 

 

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