Summary: Showing Paul’s deep desire to make disciples
Introduction to 2 Timothy: Paul the Apostle
Text: 1 Timothy 1;1-2
1Ti 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, (2) To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
A lot has changed since 1 Timothy was written
1 Timothy 2 Timothy
A political prisoner awaiting A condemned criminal awaiting
He was a house prisoner in his Now he huddles in a cold dark own comfortable dwelling place and damp dungeon
Visited by many Forsaken by all
Paul was in prison in Rome when he wrote 2 Timothy. He had already appeared for his preliminary hearing before the Supreme Court of Rome, before Nero himself. During his trial, no man stood with him. He had to face the charges all alone (2 Tim. 4:16-17). Some were forsaking the faith (2 Tim. 2:17; 2 Tim. 4:10), and others were publicly opposing Paul (2 Tim. 4:14-15). He was about to be sentenced to death—and he knew it (2 Tim. 4:6-8). He would never be able to write again. This was to be his last will and testament—the last words he would ever pen. Several things were weighing heavily upon his heart.
But there are a few things that has not changed.
1. Paul was still called as an apostle “ambassador” of Jesus Christ
2. He was commanded by God to do His will
3. This was more than just a duty but Jesus was
a. His Savior
b. His Lord Jesus Christ – the anointed one
4. He still cared about Timothy as his disciple.
After all these years Paul was still caring for his disciples.
Three hindrances to making disciples
The problem with the church is that many times we never give new believers a chance to learn. There are said to be three hindrances to making disciples 1) impatience 2) distorted goals 3) lost of first love. First we have a tendency to lose patience with people. Many times when someone becomes a Christian we say in our mind, well we’ll see. Surly we have seen many who have not continued to follow Christ. But I believe the failure to continue is many times more the churches fault with its failure to disciple than the new converts. We get impatient.
Second in our own church we have our priorities out of order. I told you how the Lord dealt with me on this when we had to borrow a baptism pool. He reminded me that I have no plan of baptizing new converts. How weak my faith must be that I can’t see new people won to Christ. Oh we all talk about it but it is time that we started walking the talk. Acting like it making preparation for people to be won to his kingdom. Making preparations to make disciples.
Finally we lose that first love. That initial joy that comes to the new convert. This is the joy of the Lord that comes when we become a new believer. I heard one man talking to a new convert who was real excited. He started talking about witnessing and discipling. The old veteran believer said, “Don’t worry you will grow out of that”.
Mat 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.