2 TIMOTHY 4

12 Outlines

 

2 Timothy 4:1-2

SO, IM A PREACHER or SO, HES A PREACHER

2 OUTLINES One for preachers, one for the congregation

 

2 Timothy 4:1-2 - I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 

SO, IM A PREACHER!

 

AM I CHALLENGED TO PREACH THE WORD? - Preach the word;

 

AM I CHALLENGED TO PREPAREDNESS? - be instant in season, out of season;

 

AM I CHALLENGED TO CORRECT? - reprove, rebuke,

 

AM I CHALLENGED TO ENCOURAGE? - exhort with all longsuffering

 

AM I CHALLENGED TO TEACH? - doctrine.

 

 

SO, HES A PREACHER!

 

DOES HE PREACH THE WORD? - Preach the word;

 

IS HE PREPARED? - be instant in season, out of season;

 

DOES HE CORRECT? - reprove, rebuke,

 

DOES HE ENCOURAGE? - exhort with all longsuffering

 

DOES HE TEACH? - doctrine.

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:1-5

ADVICE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

 

Although we are in or approaching (depending on who you talk to) a new century, the old message of Paul to Timothy is appropriate for pastors in particular and Christians in general.

 

CHALLENGE - Vss. 1-2

The Word is to be preached!

 

CAUTION - Vss. 3-4

We never know when people will stop enduring sound doctrine. We must share the Word while some are still listening.

 

CONDUCT - Vs. 5

Watch (in all things)

Endure (afflictions)

Do (the work of an evangelist)

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:1-5

TAKING A STAND

 

Timothy, one of God's faithful servants, was called upon to take a stand in the midst of difficult situations. We too must learn to stand and to do it in the light of God's word.

 

PRESENTATION OF GOD'S WORD - Vss. 1-2

Timothy was to be faithful preaching the Word of God.

 

PERVERSION OF GOD'S WORD - Vss. 3-4

There will always be those willing to follow false teachers.

They will turn away from the truth to heed fables.

 

PERSISTENCE IN GOD'S WORD - Vs. 5

God's servant is to be persistent, enduring, evangelizing, and showing evidence (full proof) that his ministry is of God.

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:1-8

MOTIVATION FOR GREATNESS

 

Timothy was Paul's "son" in the Lord.

Timothy would do special assignments at the direction of Paul.

Paul would soon be leaving Timothy and going to Heaven.

Paul motivates Timothy to great living for the Lord.

 

EXHORTATION OF TIMOTHY - Vss. 1-2, 5

Timothy was encouraged to preach the Word of God faithfully, to be on the watch, to endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and to fully prove his ministry.

 

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES - Vss. 3-4

Timothy need to be faithful at the current time because more difficult times were coming.

 

EXAMPLE OF PAUL - Vss. 6-8

Paul was faithful to the end.

Paul would be rewarded in the future.

Those, like Timothy, who are faithful also will be equally rewarded.

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:2

THE TYPE OF PREACHING GOD LIKES

 

Everybody has an opinion of what makes a sermon good or bad.

When someone says "That was a great message.", or that was a terrible message, he is usually giving a subjective opinion.

 

God tells us in this verse what kind of preaching He likes. This is the type of sermon a preacher should strive to preach. This is the type of sermon for which God's people should be thankful when they hear it.

 

God likes the preaching when:

THE WORD OF GOD IS PROCLAIMED - "Preach the word."

 

THE MESSENGER IS PREPARED - "Be instant in season, out of

season."

 

THE AUDIENCE IS PROVOKED - "Reprove, rebuke, exhort."

 

THE WORD IS PRESENTED PATIENTLY AND CLEARLY.

"With all longsuffering and doctrine."

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:6-8

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE

 

FINALITY SEEN - For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

 

THE FIGHT FOUGHT - I have fought a good fight,

 

THE FINISH LINE CROSSED - I have finished my course,

 

THE FAITH KEPT - I have kept the faith:

 

THE FUTURE EMBRACED - Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:6-8

LOOKING BACK

 

We all have the ability to look back, reflect, and evaluate what has happened in our lives, and what we have accomplished. Many a Godly man can look back and see the blessings and hand of God in their lives. (Chose a couple of men or women your congregation would know, and share how that man or lady can look back and see how God has worked through them.)

 

I think most of us want to be able to look back at the end of life and be able to say that we have accomplished something for the Lord. Paul was able to say this at the end of his life. Our text gives us some lessons so that at the end of our lives we will be able to say something similar to what Paul said.

 

"I AM" speaks of Paul's CHARACTER in Vs. 6..

"I HAVE" speaks of Paul's CONDUCT in Vs. 7.

"THERE IS" speaks of Paul's CONCLUSION in Vs. 8.

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:6-8

AT THE END OF MY LIFE

 

I don't know when the end of my life will come. It could be today or it could be 30-40 years from now. Or better yet, maybe the Lord will return for all Christians today. Whether I go by way of the "undertaker or the uppertaker", I want to be able to say the same things Paul said in these verses.

 

READINESS - Vs. 6 - Paul knew his time was short and he was ready to go. We don't know if our time is short or not, but we should always be ready. We should be ready because we have been born again (John 3). We should be ready because we are anxiously awaiting his coming (Titus 2:11-14). We should be ready because we are abiding in Him (John 15:1-7).

 

REWIEW - Vs. 7 - Paul could look back at his life and say "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." If we can review our lives and see this pattern of faithfulness, we should be happy. We won't live perfect lives, but we can live faithful lives. If we haven't lived faithful lives, we can start now.

 

REWARD - Vs. 8 - Paul could look forward to the rewards that he would receive in Heaven because he loved the appearing of the Lord. Because Paul loved the appearing of his Lord, he lived for his Lord! (2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

 

 

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1 Timothy 4:7

FAITHFUL

 

A Funeral Message for a Christian (I used this outline for my Fathers eulogy)

 

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

 

HE WAS COMMITTED TO HIS FAMILY

HE WAS COMMITTED TO HIS FRIENDS

HE WAS COMMITTED TO HIS FAITH

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:9-12

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

 

Timothy was greatly needed by the Apostle Paul who was in jail. To encourage his coming, Paul gives an account of Pauls other associates and their whereabouts.

 

DEMAS DESERTED Vs. 10

 

CRESCENS AND TITUS DEPARTED Vs. 10 Probably with Pauls blessing and to do ministry work.

 

LUKE WAS DEPENDABLE Vs. 11

 

MARK WAS DESIRABLE Vs. 11

 

TYCHUS WAS DISPATCHED Vs. 12 He was sent on a mission by Paul.

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:9-11, 21

PEOPLE LESSONS

 

Those mentioned by Paul at the close of this Epistle teach us some very important Spiritual lessons.

 

DEMAS - BE SPIRITUAL, LIVE FOR ETERNITY Vs. 10

Philemon 23, 24, Colossians 4:14

 

LUKE - BE LOYAL, LIVE FOR CONSISTENCY Vs. 11

"Only Luke is with me..."

Proverbs 27:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2

 

MARK - BE USEFUL, LIVE FOR MINISTRY Vs. 11

"...Take Mark and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for

the ministry."

What a change! Acts 13:13, Acts 15:36-41

 

TIMOTHY - BE PUNCTUAL, LIVE FOR IMMEDIACY Vss. 9, 21

Paul had a special need for Timothy as Paul prepared for his home

going. It was important that Timothy act right away. There are times

when we must act immediately to do what needs to be done.

In some cases tomorrow is too late!

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:9-13, 21

THE TWILIGHT OF A CAREER

 

Paul was at the end of a long life of service. He was in jail, and would soon be martyred.

 

PAUL'S LONELY REPORT - Vss. 10, 12

Some associates had left Paul. Paul had dispatched at least for ministry.

 

PAUL'S LOYAL FRIEND - Vs. 11a

Luke, the beloved physician was still with Paul

 

PAUL'S LOVING FORGIVENESS - Vs. 11b

Mark had deserted Paul on a missionary journey a long time before. Acts 13:13, 16:36-41

However, Paul had forgiven him, and Mark had proved himself faithful.

 

PAUL'S LONGING FOR ENCOURAGEMENT - Vss. 9, 13, 21

 

 

 

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