Summary: Timothy’s imitation of Paul was pivotal/formative to his overcoming a hostile environment. Imitation of godly people is pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment. How? Pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment is Adherence to Authority’s...
OVERCOMING a HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT-III—2Timothy 3:10-17
A—IMITATION of APOSTLES(3:10-14)
B—KNOWLEDGE of SCRIPTURES(3:15-17)
A—IMITATION of APOSTLES-III-(3:10-14)
Timothy’s imitation of Paul was pivotal/formative to his overcoming a hostile environment.
Imitation of godly people is pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment.
Why is the imitation of godly people pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment?
Pivotal to our overcoming a hostile environment is Adherence to Authority’s.....
Previously we found:
A hostile environment is overcome by Adherence to…
1. Authority’s TEACHING / Doctrine(:10a)
2. Authority’s PATTERN/Manner/Mentor(:10b)
3. Authority’s PURPOSE(:10c)
4. Authority’s TRUST(:10d)
5. Authority’s PATIENCE(:10e)
6. Authority’s LOVE(:10f)
7. Authority’s CONTINUANCE(:10g)
8. Authority’s DANGER / Pain / Sufferage(:11a-b)
9—A hostile environment is overcome by Adherence to…
:11c—“persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra--what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.”
“Delivered”—ruomai—To draw one’s self, to rescue, to deliver; The deliverer.
Paul’s Deliverance “out of” required his suffering thru!
Deliverance thru suffering is nonetheless Deliverance!
Likewise, anytime WE speak or take a stance, OUR words & actions become the focus of either acceptance or anger.
Our DELIVERANCE cannot be accomplished apart from our sharing the Gospel—both physically(decisions/choices) & verbally.
Ps. 34:19—“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
*Dan. 3:17-18—Shadrach, Meshach, & Abed-Nego to King Nebuchadnezzar upon not worshiping his gods & threatened with death in the fiery furnace—“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, & He will deliver us from your hand, O king. “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.””
Ex. 6:5-7—““And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, & I have remembered My covenant. “Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, & I will redeem you with an outstretched arm & with great judgments. ‘I will take you as My people, & I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
—This was before the Pharaoh made them fetch their own straw while keeping their quota of bricks the same.
2Cor. 3:17—“.... where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”