Resilient (4): Sermons on Paul's second letter to Timothy
Reading: 2 Timothy 2:3-13
A Christian minister’s mindset for ministry plays a vital role in his endurance in ministry. A right view of himself & what he is called to is so vital. In these verses Paul seems to be giving Timothy a mindset for ministry – a way of viewing himself & what he does – that will help him endure for the gospel. So, he gives Timothy three analogies for ministry, three assurances in ministry & a song to help keep him strong. Things which can also help every Christian set their mind for endurance!
Resilient (3): Sermons on Paul's second letter to Timothy
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:13-2:2
The reading for this sermon begins with Paul telling Timothy the Gospel is now in his hand & ends with Timothy being exhorted to pass it on to other "faithful men" who will be able to teach "others also". One of the things Paul wants Timothy to understand in this letter is that the gospel 'baton' is now in his hand. Paul’s lap is run & it’s over to Timothy now, so he's writing to make sure Timothy takes a firm grip of the gospel, runs well with it & passes it on to other faithful people. . Paul is saying what he says to strengthen Timothy's grip on the gospel. In a very real sense he is saying; “Don’t drop the gospel.”
Resilient (2): Sermons on Paul's second letter to Timothy
Timothy is faltering with fear & shame. He’s feeling the pressure of gospel ministry & knows what Paul has suffered for it. He’s wondering ‘is it worth it?’ Paul is writing to strengthen his resilience for the Gospel. In this opening section of the letter he encourages Timothy to remember his story, remember his calling & remember who dwells within him before charging him to guard the gospel!
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:3-14
Resilient (1): Sermons on Paul's second letter to Timothy
Paul’s purpose in writing 2 Timothy is to strengthen Timothy to guard, pass on & preach the Gospel no matter what, to instill in him a much-needed ‘resilience’ for the sake of the Gospel. It seems that Timothy found himself at a T-junction, one sign read exit the other endure. Paul is writing to call Timothy to 'resilience' for the sake of the Gospel. Yet it was so vital that Timothy understood that such resilience is rooted in knowing God & is fueled by the power of his grace!
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-2
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