Contributed on Jul 25, 2007
How can we help other believers whose lives are not honoring Christ?
Caring Enough to Confront II Timothy 2:24-26 Purpose: To show how wayward believers should be dealt with. Aim: I want the listener to be alert and ready to help other believers who may be straying. INTRODUCTION: Here at Bethel, we are family, bound together by something more profound and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 14, 2007
The Bible unmasks evil so we can see it as it is and avoid it at all costs.
Understanding Evil II Timothy 3:1-4 Purpose: To show what evil really looks like. Aim: I want the listener to know what evil really is and turn away from every form of it. INTRODUCTION: Paul is warning Timothy that there are difficult times ahead. This means that life was going to get ...read more
Contributed on Aug 20, 2007
How can we spot a religious impostor? What does God think of shallow religion?
Avoiding Imposters II Timothy 3:5-9 Purpose: To describe what false teachers look like. Aim: I want the listener to be alert to false teaching and turn away from it. INTRODUCTION: Sunflowers are fascinating. These large flowers actually follow the sun from sunrise to sunset. I remember ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2007
Modern seminaries may be helpful, but the Lord’s seminary training is much different. Here Paul reviews the training Timothy received--and it is much different than what we often see today.
God’s Seminary II Timothy 3:10-13 Purpose: To describe the ingredients that make up a successful servant of Christ. Aim: I want the listener to accept the challenge to serve Christ without reservation. INTRODUCTION: I am constantly amazed by the difference between the Bible’s formula for ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2007
The Word of God is more than a good guide. It is our only reliable guide. How can we make it the center of our lives?
Savoring the Scripture II Timothy 3:14-17 Purpose: To highlight the importance that Scripture plays. Aim: I want the listener to determine to saturate their lives with the Word of God. INTRODUCTION: America is having a junk food crisis. More Americans are overweight than ever before and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 30, 2007
I don’t know about you, but I find it a lot easier to start projects than it is to finish them. Many of us have unfinished projects around the house to prove it. The Christian life can be that way too.
How To Finish What We’ve Started For Christ II Timothy 4:1 Purpose: To explain how a Christian can be faithful. Aim: I want the listener to be inspired so he won’t give up serving Christ. REVIEW: 1:1-2:13I. How Should a Christian React to Stress? 2:14-26 II. How Should a Christian ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2007
Often we ignore the only powerful tool that God has given us to overcome sin. God has promised to bless His Word, not our talent. We need a commitment to share God’s Word with others.
Putting the Word to Work II Timothy 4:2 Purpose: To explain that the Word of God is our only tool to help others. Aim: I want the listener to look for ways to confront others with God’s Word. REVIEW: 1:1-2:13I. How Should a Christian React to Stress? 2:14-26 II. How Should a Christian ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2007
Why do so many show an initial interest in Christ and then turn away? How can we be more effective in giving the Gospel?
Fear of the Final Call II Timothy 4:3-4 Purpose: To describe how many people will react to the gospel. Aim: I want the listener to work at being more aggressive in giving the gospel to others. INTRODUCTION: In my 22 years of ministry I have seen a lot of people who showed interest in ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2007
Serving Christ requires sacrifice. What steps must we take in order to serve Christ effectively?
How to Deal With Opposition II Timothy 4:5 Purpose: To describe the hard realities of sharing the Gospel. Aim: I want the listener to renew (or start) a commitment to sacrifice in order to serve Christ. REVIEW: 1:1-2:13 I. How Should a Christian React to Stress? 2:14-26 II. How ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2007
Last words are usually sad, but Paul’s last words, although serious, have an attitude of joy. The key to living for Christ with joy, is knowing how to die for Christ. In our text today, Paul is showing us how to die by giving us his view of death
Finding Joy in Serving Christ II Timothy 4:6-7 Purpose: To explain why Paul had been so successful in serving Christ. Aim: I want the listener to think more about being with Christ than they do about the hardships of serving Christ. INTRODUCTION: The key to living for Christ with joy, is ...read more
Contributed on Jan 24, 2008
Paul shows us that it’s good to expresses our longing for Christian fellowship. We should have the humility to ask for help when we need it.
A Call For Help II Timothy 4:9-15 Purpose: To describe Paul’s humble willingness to ask for help. Aim: I want the listener to see a need to be actively involved in serving Christ. INTRODUCTION: What is the difference between a contribution and a commitment? Perhaps I can best explain ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2008
If anyone had ever had a reason to be afraid and discouraged it would have been Paul as we find him here in a Roman jail writing to one of his closest friends. How can we have a positive outlook when we are living in a negative situation?
Our Victory is Certain II Timothy 4:16-18 Purpose: To describe the commitment we should have to serving Christ. Aim: I want the listener to be inspired to stand up for Christ every day without wavering. INTRODUCTION: If anyone had ever had a reason to be afraid and discouraged it would ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2008
It isn’t easy to follow Christ and Timothy was not the bold outspoken person that Paul was. Timothy’s heart was right, but he trembled at the task that was before him. The last four verses of this book remind us why Paul was so successful at encouraging
How To Give Encouragement II Timothy 4:19-20,21b Purpose: To show how believers can show encouragement to each other. Aim: I want the believer to look for ways to encourage others no matter how difficult. INTRODUCTION: It isn’t easy to follow Christ and Timothy was not the bold outspoken ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2008
Paul not only challenges us to be faithful to Christ, he shows us HOW to do that. How long has it been since you went out of your way to encourage another believer?
How To Give Encouragement Part II II Timothy 4:21a,22 Purpose: To show how believers can show encouragement to each other. Aim: I want the believer to look for ways to encourage others no matter how difficult. INTRODUCTION: What can Christians do to help change the world? Why have so ...read more