Summary: Paul challenges Timothy, and us,to set an example for others that will follow him,an us, just as Paul, and Christ himself,set an example for Timothy.
SPEAKER: Pastor Ray Martin
TEXT: 1 Timothy 4:12
Footprints On The Sands Of Time
A. -There is a generation that is passing away
I have had many funerals since I’ve been here in the last 13 months
What an example they have left for us...
The path has been made clear.
There was no wavering in their steps...
B. They marked out a path for us to follow.....
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Longfellow- A Psalm of Life
C. GOD’S PLAN IS THAT ONE GENERATION WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE FOR
This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to
3 what we have heard and known,
what our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD ,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to
the next generation.
39 times God speaks about the “GENERATIONS TO COME”
D. JESUS SET AN EXAMPLE FOR US TO FOLLOW....
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
E. PAUL SET AN EXAMPLE FOR TIMOTHY TO FOLLOW....
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live
according to the pattern we gave you.
F. He Now challenges Timothy to carry on the faith and set an example for others
that will come after him
Timothy, I am leaving Footprints in the Sands of Time For you to follow...
12Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for
the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
1) IN SPEECH
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself from calamity.
45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil
man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his
heart his mouth speaks.
22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which
is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for
we are all members of one body.
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful
for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may
know how to answer everyone.
What does salt do? It preserves, It keeps, Brings out the best in what it touches!
19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry,
26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his
tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect
man, able to keep his whole body in check
2) IN LIFE
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant
offering and sacrifice to God.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him
in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God
3) IN LOVE
9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and