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2 Timothy 3:10-17 (NIV)

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I.        Introduction:

II.      Imitate the Pattern of Traits: The Example of a Sincere Disciple

A.      A  Model Exposed to the Disciple

B.      A Model Exemplary to the Disciple

1.       Exemplary in Teaching

2.       Exemplary in Conduct

3.       Exemplary in Purpose

4.       Exemplary in Faith

5.       Exemplary in Patience

6.       Exemplary in Love

7.       Exemplary in Endurance

8.       Exemplary in Persecution

9.       Exemplary in Suffering

III.   Anticipate Persecution in Trials: The Expectation of Serious Difficulty

A.      A Real Ordeal

B.      A Rescue Operation

C.      A Risky Outlook

IV.    Demonstrate a Persistence in Training: The Embrace of Sound Doctrine

A.      Holding On in the Midst of Spiritual Decline

1.       The Character of Men

a)       Men that are Evil

b)       Men that are Charlatans

2.       The Corruption of Society

a)       Ethically Wrong

b)       Increasingly Worse

3.       The Collapse of Truth

a)       Being Deceptive

b)       Being Deceived

B.      Holding On to Training in Spiritual Truths

1.       Gripping Spiritual Truth

2.       Grounded in Spiritual Formation

V.      Elevate the Power of Truth: The Equipment of a Scriptural Diet

A.      The Inspiration of Scripture

1.       The Source of Inspiration: God’s Spirit

2.       The Deposit of Inspiration: God’s Word

B.      The Function of Scripture

1.       Useful for Teaching

2.       Useful for Rebuking

3.       Useful for Correcting

4.       Useful for Instruction

C.      The Preparation of Scripture

1.       Preparation For God’s Man

2.       Preparation by God’s Equipping

3.       Preparation For Good Works

VI.    Conclusion:

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