Summary: Let’s Wake Up to What Changes and What Doesn’t - 2 Timothy chapter 3 verses 10-17 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). A Changing World
(2). An Unchanging God
(3). A Strategy to Enact.
• (a). the way to live (vs 10-14)
• (b). the means of salvation (vs 15)
• (c). the word of truth (vs 16-17)
(a). A Changing World.
• We live in a world of change:
• i.e. Tadpole to frog.
• i.e. Four seasons.
• i.e. Cars/Possessions (rust/break etc.)
• i.e. People (eyesight, hearing, hair-loss, walking sticks etc.)
Consider this information:
• It’s estimated that 90% of all the items in your supermarket didn’t exist ten years ago.
• More information has been produced in the last thirty years than in the past 5,000 years.
• It is estimated that 50% of graduates are going into jobs;
• That did not exist when they were born.
• TRANSITION: everything in life changes!
• Sometimes things deteriorate and the changes are negative,
• Sometimes things improve and changes are positive.
(2). An Unchanging God.
• Now I said everything changes, but not quite everything!
• The Bible says God does not change;
• i.e. Malachi chapter 3 verse 6: “I the Lord do not change”
• There is of course a New Testament equivalent:
• i.e. Hebrews chapter 13 verse 8: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever”
The technical term for God not changing is ‘immutability’.
• Simply stated, that means God is unchangeable.
• He is neither capable of nor susceptible to change.
• And that makes sense.
• Any change would probably be for the better or for the worse.
• God cannot change for the better because He is already perfect.
• And He cannot change for the worse,
• For then He would be imperfect and would therefore no longer be God.
• Created things change; they run down or wear out.
• It is part of their nature.
• But God has no beginning or end. Therefore He cannot change.
(3). A Strategy to enact.
• Now in a world that is constantly changing,
• Christians are told to hold on to certain key truths,
• And in these verses are some unchanging values.
• Last summer we did what one million tourists do every year;
• We visited the leaning tower of Pisa.
• It is one of the great tourist attractions in the world,
• It stands 179 feet tall and is a work of beauty,
• The problem is the architect built it on 10 feet of foundations.
• The leaning tower of Pisa was always externally impressive;
• But it was also a disaster waiting to happen!
• And it has only survived to this day,
• Thanks to the knowledge and skill of a variety of experts.
• TRANSITION: In these final verses of this short letter;
• The apostle Paul give Timothy some advice.
Question: Who was Paul?
• Paul started life as Saul, a top Jewish leader;
• He was once an enemy to Christ and a persecutor of the Church.
• (Acts chapter 9).
• But one day when he was travelling on the road to Damascus;
• He encountered the risen Christ and was converted.
• And the persecutor became a preacher!
• Paul was an apostle in the early Church,
• He had met with the risen Christ and was given a new calling.
• And over the years he has become a seasoned ministry,
• ill: We would say today, ‘he’s been there done it and got the t-shirt!’
• Note: the apostle Paul is writing this letter from a prison cell;
• And it is only a matter of weeks or days before he is executed, martyred for the faith.
Question: Who was Timothy?
• Unlike the apostle Paul who had a dramatic conversion;
• Timothy was raised and influenced by his mother and grandmother;
• He came from a believing home.
• His mother and grandmother read and taught him the stories of the Bible;
• And then one day when a visiting preacher called Paul came along,
• Timothy responded to the message and he was converted!
• At one time Timothy had been a travelling companion of the apostle Paul,
• But at the time of this letter;
• Timothy was the Pastor of a Church in Ephesus.
• This letter that the apostle penned is his swan song,
• His last will and testament!
• And a person’s last words are often very significant;
• And this letter contains some of the apostle Paul’s.
• Now I want to pull out just a few threads from these verses.
• The apostle Paul gives Timothy an agenda to follow;
• He reminds him of what changes and what doesn’t.
(a). Integrity - the way to live (vs 10-14).