Summary: Paul told Timothy to be an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity. As Christians we need to be setting a good positive example in each of these 5 important areas.
Like many children, Billy didn’t like to study, and would much rather go outside and play baseball after school rather than doing his homework. Unfortunately that meant his grades suffered, and he even failed math. His parents tried everything they could to get him to do better in math, but he continued to fail. They got him a fun computer game that was supposed to make learning math fun. They hired someone to Tudor him but nothing seemed to work. They didn’t know what to do. Finally one of their friends suggested that they try putting him into a private parochial school. They thought about it for a few days, and decided to give it a try. So they took him across town and enrolled him in the small Catholic School. They were shocked that afternoon when Billy came home and went straight to his room, closed the door, and immediately started working on his math homework. His mother had to almost force him to come down for dinner, and then after supper, he went right back up to his room and studied some more. Several weeks later he brought his report card home and laid it on the kitchen table for his parents to see. When his mother read it, she was amazed to see that he had gotten an "A" in math. She asked him about it. She wanted to know what had made such a dramatic difference in his grade. She asked him if it was the teachers, or the kind of books that they were using, but he just shook his head and said "no." Then she looked him in the eye and said, well would you please tell me why your math grade has improved so dramatically. He said, well the first day I walked into math class I looked up on the wall, and saw a man nailed to a huge plus sign, and I realized that they were serious about math and that I was going to have to quit fooling around."
I. I. FIRST OF ALL, PAUL ENCOURAGED TIMOTHY TO BE A GOOD EXAMPLE IN HIS SPEECH
III. So boys and girls, and young people, when you’re at school this week, and you’re tempted to make fun of someone, or say something ugly about them, or spread a nasty rumor about them, don’t do it. I hope you’ll remember Paul’s advice to Timothy to set a good example in what you say, and how you say it. I personally believe people should be able to tell that you are Christian by simply listening to what you have to say, and how you say it.
II. NEXT, PAUL TOLD TIMOTHY TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE IN LIFE.
A man named Earl Palmer, tells in his book entitled the Enormous Exception, the story of a PRE-MED student at the University of California, at Berkeley, who became a Christian after a long spiritual journey, which included many doubts and questions. When Palmer asked the young man why he had become a believer, he answered by saying the thing that had influenced him the most was not the Bible, or a great Christian book, or even a sermon that he heard at church. Instead this young man pointed to the actions of a classmate who happened to be a Christian. It seems that this young Pre-Med student had gotten a bad case of the flu and had missed 10 days of classes the previous Semester. His Christian friend took it upon himself to pick up all of his assignments and devoted several days to helping him get caught up. The pre-med student told Palmer, ‘You know that kind of thing just isn’t done. I wanted to know what made this guy act the way he did. I even found myself asking if I could go to church with him.’ I hope you remember that story, and do your best to set a good Christian example by the way you live, the things you do, and the way you treat other people....