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OUR WAY OF LIFE

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Hey everybody, gather around, we just got another letter from Paul...........So the story is set.

Who is it addressed to? Is it to me? Did Paul write to me? (Sound familiar?) Timothy, the people of the church, all of us

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus.
2I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Paul says he is so thankful for all of us and he can’t wait to see us again soon: Verse 3-5 tells us:

3“Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.”

3. Prayer—v. . Prayer that God will give the people peace and His blessings.

4 “I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. 5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.

Paul ask’s Timothy, Are you all growing in the Spirit? This is both a challenge and a chance to “edify” Timothy and the church.

5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.

“6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.”

3Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.

II. THE STEADFASTNESS—vv.

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
8So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.

1. Growth—v. . Grow in faith toward God, and grow in love toward one another.

Paul now focuses on Christ Jesus telling Timothy and the church about God’s plan through Jesus Christ.

2. Glory—v. . Glory in these people’s patience and in their faith during all their persecution.

“9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus......

9For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.”

11And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.

PAUL EXPLAINS HIS SUFFERING...

(NLT) 12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.

12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.

2. Planning—v. . God will punish those who persecute His children. Leave this in God’s hands.

13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 14 Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.”

3. Promise—v. . When Christ comes, all suffering will be forgotten.

14Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.

PAUL’S DISAPPOINTMENT.... Timothy, guess who left us? Guess who stopped coming to church? Guess who stopped following Jesus? I can just feel Paul’s pain and disappointment!

a. Disobedience—v. . Judgment upon those who disobey God’s plan.

“15 As you know, everyone from the province of Asia has deserted me—even Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains......

b. Destruction—v. . Those who reject Christ will be sent to hell.

15 As you know, everyone from the province of Asia has deserted me—even Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains.

17 When he came to Rome, he searched everywhere until he found me. 18 May the Lord show him special kindness on the day of Christ’s return. And you know very well how helpful he was in Ephesus.

IV. THE SOLACE—vv.

AMEN

18 May the Lord show him special kindness on the day of Christ’s return. And you know very well how helpful he was in Ephesus.

2. Concern—v. . Prayer that God will make the people the Christians He wants them to be.

3. Compensation—v. . Christ would receive all the glory and praise for their living. A good life will bring honor and glory to God.

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