Summary: The sermons share many things we guard such as homes, cars, and all our stuff, but what about guarding our faith?
2 Timothy 1:1-14 “Guard The Faith”
1. We all know what it's like to guard our stuff
• We all need to protect, guard or defend something -- home, possessions, money, data.
• Tools such as state-of-the-art home security systems, electronic walls, retinal scanners, thumb and fingerprint readers, passcodes, barcodes, motion sensors and more -- they all exist to provide protection.
• We Lock doors, we have Watch Dogs, security systems, passcodes, Security Guards
• We all know our stuff is under attack but our faith is also under attack consider the following
2. Our Faith is Under attack
• Have you heard Ten Commandment monuments being removed from government properties;
• Prayer prohibited at school board meetings,
• School sporting events scheduled on Sunday mornings; I heard they want to pass a bill to allow facilities to sell acholohol at 10AM Sunday Mornings
• The society desires us to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"
• There is distorted Christian doctrine such as universalism
• In Paul’s day the Faith was under attack Paul says: "Guard the good treasure entrusted to you."
• The good treasure is the Christian Faith
3. Paul shares his feelings for Timothy
• First he tells Timothy vs 2 To Timothy, my dear son:
• Secondly he tells timothy he constantly remembers him in his prayers
• Thirdly Paul tells Timothy I long to see you so that he may be filled with joy.
4. Paul tells us how Timothy can guard his faith
• Paul says, in order to guard your faith prayer is essential I constantly remember you in my prayers
• Timothy sincere faith will help you guard 5] I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
• Paul tells Timothy to guard your faith you need to stir the gift 6] For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you .
• You have to set yourself on fire some said at Stinson last Sunday they were going to start a greater spiritual journey with God. Some were stirring the gift or flame by putting more coal on the train so it could climb the hill
• Paul shares with Timothy to guard the faith one must be persistent in faith For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
• Fifth Paul tells us to guard faith by living a purpose-filled life the purpose is to live holy 9] He has saved us and called us to a holy life---
5. In conclusion Guard the Faith by
• Being that Prayer Warrior
• Sincerity I am serious about this stuff
• Fanning the flames and Stirring up the gift guards Faith Be the people of the Cross and Flame
• Persistence Guards our Faith I am resolved I am determined Paul said, “ I know in whom I believe and I am convinced that He is Able to Guard what I have entrusted unto him. I trust Jesus he destroyed death, brought life immortality to light