Pursuing God’s Noble Purpose
2 Timothy 2:21-24
Godlessness and worldliness were invading the church. If the church failed to fulfill its purpose, God's truth would cease to go out into the world. The church would fail if its leaders failed to expound God's truth to the saints in the church. Consequently Paul wrote this letter to encourage Timothy to fulfill his responsibility as a leader in the church. This epistle, therefore, is particularly for church leaders and deals mainly with their duties.
I. PURSUING GOD’S NOBLE PURPOSE REQUIRES PURITY
2 Timothy 2: 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
a. He Will Be An Instrument For Noble Purposes
b. He Will Be Useful To The Master To Do Good Work
II. PURSUING GOD’S NOBLE PURPOSE REQUIRES OBEDIENCE
2 Timothy 2: 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
a. Flee From Evil Desire
b. Pursue Righteousness, Faith, Love And Peace
c. Walk Along With Those Who Call On The Lord
III. PURSUING GOD’S NOBLE PURPOSE REQUIRES PATIENCE
2 Timothy 2:23-24 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
a. Be Kind To Everyone
b. Be Able To Teach
In pursuing God’s noble purpose it requires three things; first, because God is Holy we need to be holy in order to be an instrument and useful to the Master work, second, we need to be obedient to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, and lastly patience is required in order to be kind to everyone. Thus, be sanctified and proper to be employed by the Master in every good word and work.