2 Tim.4:1-2Posted: October 10, 2006
During my past summer at Lake Ann Camp, I was asked to do devo.’s for the high-school boys that worked there. After much thought, and consideration of the post-modern world today, I had decided to explain to them how God’s Word should be used in their lives and in their churches they attend.
let me invite you to turn in your bibles to…2 Timothy 4:1-2
Last letter written by Paul, end of Nero’s reign around 67 (who had began in 54 and started killing Christians in 64).
Paul in prison(1.16), had lost most of his friends, time for him to depart(4.6), he is alone (4.10-12) talks about the condition of what the last days will look like.
Writing to His son of faith, who is his number one disciple probably coming to Paul somewhere between Acts 13-14.
Soon after this Paul would be beheaded on the Ostian way (road that lead to a sea port where now actually a RCC church is today called St. Paul), west of Rome in 67.
The reason Paul wrote this is cause he was scared for his son that he might become in danger to weaken the truth. (there was an attack on the Word) read the scripture…
I. Prepositional Statement (#, Noun, Application, action)
I have 3 instructions on the Word of God on how you need to hear it.
II. Instructional Points V.2 Hear the Word all the Time
A. Illustration-how many of you hate doing something when you don’t feel like it?
I think of the great example of the council of Elrond. Were everyone was present, elves, dwarfs, hobbits, the grey wizard, humans, all the “good guys” was present. I think of how Frodo stood up saying, “I will take it, I will take the ring” how many you think he actually wanted to and actually was readying to take the ring, as Gandalf head starts to fall and closing his eyes knows the pain and struggle Fordo is about to go into to.
B. Application-you like to hear the Word all the time?
1. In season and out of season-The dictates of popular culture, tradition, reputation, acceptance, or esteem in the community may never alter the preaching. So no matter what time it is you always are ready to hear the Word. There is going to be times when we don’t want to go to chapel, we don’t want to get into the Word. That is the problem!
What the problem might be is we don’t know it at all!!! (Jos.1:8)
C. Interaction-what would this look like?
1. How many times do we get sick of going to chapel, or going to church, youth group? We need to want (we need) and be ready even when we don’t to see how God’s Word is going to change our very lives today.
2. Some you haven’t even opened the book up in last week, summer, been months since you saw a page. Say, “I don’t have time, or I’m busy at camp, or school just to much. And you can’t stand up for the Lord if you don’t know Him! You need to know His Word, His Truth, what He says is right and wrong, and if you don’t start now you won’t ever do it! You wont ever do it, never! How your expect to know God? How you expect to know Him? You need the word to know God! You need the scriptures to show what is right in the eyes of the Lord!
III. Instructional Points V.2 Hear the Word to reprove, rebuke, and exhort you life
A. Illustration-ever put something together with instructions?
I had to put these shelves together for work right? And starting to put it together, and I never looked at the instructions once. Half way through I realized it was upside down. So I took it apart and started all over again, to only get half way again and realize I had done the same thing again. So after a little over a hour and a half I got out the instructions.
Just because I know what a shelve looks like doesn’t mean I know how to put one together, and just because I know what a Christian life looks like doesn’t mean I can prove it, show it, live it.
B. Application-you listen to the Word the way its to be given?
1. Reprove- is to prove or better word convince a man of his sins, or the Word. Convict one of their errors. When he/she already knows that they are in those sins.
1Tim.5:20, 2Tim.3:16, Tit. 1:13, 2:15, 1Thess.2:12, 5:14, 20.
2. Rebuke- The idea is, that the minister is not merely to reason about sin, and convince men that it is wrong, but he may solemnly admonish them not to do it, and warn them of the consequences. Leading someone to repentance. See difference between this and reprove is that here the sinner does not know they are in sin. Where as reproving is an individual that knows his sin and is dealt with.
3. Exhort- common word Paul uses. Meaning basically to do so with comfort. The positive side of preaching, done with doctrine and instruction.
C. Interaction-what would these look?
1. Reprove- A sermon or when reading the Word should look on how to change my life to be in correct relationship with the Lord. Do you look for how to improve your errors when reading the scripture? Or do you look for what you want to read? What you need to feel? Get your high for the day? Like popping a pill? That is what alcoholic’s and drug abusers do, which is no difference.
2. Rebuke- When last time you heard a sermon that sent you home thinking “man I need to get things straitened up” or walked out with your head down realizing that your sin this past week has keep you from your Savior. The Word is meant for Gods glory not mine! When I try to read it for me or find what I want I rob God of His glory!
3. Exhort- So pastor need to be instructing us the church in these areas with comfort and lifting up. How many churches today are watering down the Word?
IV. Instructional Points V.2 Hear the Word given with patience and instruction
A. Illustration-how do you go about hearing the Word?
Theology means “the science of God,” and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him that are available.—C. S. Lewis
It would be impossible to overemphasize the importance of sound doctrine in the life of a Christian. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imperative if we would have right living. As men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles, so sound character does not grow out of unsound teaching.—A.W. Tozer
B. Application-you listen to the Word with what its to be given with?
1. Patience-longsuffering, “Those that give into error, and oppose themselves to the truth, should be instructed in meekness; and those who are overtaken in a fault should be gently rebuked, and restored in such a spirit; and every exhortation should be pressed as persons are able to bear it.”-John Gill
2. Instruction-doctrine that has been taught, in a way that is instructive and teaching, and in agreement with the doctrine of the Scriptures, which are profitable for that purpose.
C. Interaction-what would these look like?
1. Patience-Longsuffering is to be given so that the stubborn man will not lose heart.
Rom. 2:4, 9:22,2, Cor. 6:6, Gal 5:22, Eph 4:2; Col 1:11; Col 3:12; 1Ti 1:16, 2Ti 2:24-25, 3:10.
2. Instruction- So Calvin states this at its best: “Those who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine(instruction), weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave,… make no headway because they build without foundation.” Men will not be won to the truth by scolding. They should understand what they hear, and learn by perceiving why they are rebuked.