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Summary: Paul’s last known remarks reflect some of his simplest yet greatest wisdom he could give to a young man destined for great spiritual warfare in the ministry.

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Basic Instructions for Successful Ministry

2 Timothy 4:1-22

I. Stay True to the Word (v. 1-5)

a. Always be prepared (v. 1-2a; Colossians 4:3)

b. Use the Word to lead despite the lack of acceptance (v. 2b-4; 2 Timothy 3:1; 2 Timothy 1:13)

c. Fulfill the ministry (v. 5)

II. Stay True to the Mission (v. 6-8)

a. Go all the way (v. 6-7; 1 Timothy 6:12)

b. Look to the prize (v. 8; Philippians 3:14)

III. Be Careful of Your Trust in Men (v. 9-15, 19-22)

a. Some will help you

b. Some will harm you (Demas and Alexander; Psalm 62:12)

IV. Know God’s Comforting Presence (v. 16-18)

a. His Presence despite no one else’s presence (v. 16; Hebrews 13:5-6)

b. His sustaining for His work’s accomplishment (v. 17)

c. His escort into His heavenly kingdom (v. 18; Hebrews 11:16)

REFERENCE NOTES

Colossians 4:3

3praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;

2 Timothy 3:1

1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

2 Timothy 1:13

13Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:12

12Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Philippians 3:14

14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 62:12

12And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord,

For You recompense a man according to his work.

Hebrews 13:5-6

5Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," 6so that we confidently say,

"THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.

WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?"

Hebrews 11:16

16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.


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