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We must preach the word (vs 1-2a)

We must correct the incorrect (vs 2b-4)

We must discharge the duties (vs 5)

We must run the race (vs 6-8)


Reading: 2 Timothy chapter 4 verses 1-8.


• A man wrote to a pastor of a large Church saying;

• “I am visiting your city and I would like to preach in your Church”.

• The pastor wrote back saying;

• “Thank you for the offer but we are already sorted for in this area”.

• He then wrote again saying:

• “I feel I ought to preach because I am one of the top ten preachers in the UK”.

• Once again the pastor wrote back saying:

• “Thanks but no thanks and by the way who are the other 8!”

In 2nd Timothy chapter 4 verses 1–8, the great apostle Paul imparts two duties to his young protégé Timothy:

• (1). Preach the Word.

• (2). Fulfil your ministry.

• These verses can be summarized in this statement:

• ‘Preaching isn’t perfect until it’s practiced’.


• There were two doctors with the same name who lived a few doors apart.

• One was a Christian and a lay-preacher the other made no profession of faith.

• One night a rather sick person, who was also a Christian,

• And wanting help from a fellow believer,

• Knocked mistakenly at the door of the non-Christian doctor.

• “Are you the doctor who preaches?” he asked.

• “No”, the medic replied, “I am the doctor who practices”.

• “Oh”, said the sick person, “I’ve always understood the two things were inseparable”.

• Good doctrine should always lead to good practice;

• 2nd Timothy chapter 4 verses 1–8

• Can be summarized in this statement:

• ‘Preaching isn’t perfect until it’s practiced’.

(1). We must Preach the Word (vs 1-2a):

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word”.

• N.I.V.: “I give you this charge”:

• N.L.B.: “I solemnly urge you”

• The Message: “I can’t impress this on you too strongly”.

• It should read: “I solemnly witness”

The charge was extremely serious because:

• (a). Paul was facing death;

• And a great persons last words are often very significant.

• (b). More important than that;

• Because both Paul and Timothy would be judged one day when Jesus Christ appears.


• It would do us all good as Christians (both preachers & non-preachers);

• To remember that one day we will face God;


• A young minister went to the famous British preacher Charles Spurgeon;

• He complained that he did not have as big a Church as he deserved.

• Spurgeon asked him; “How many do you preach to?”

• The man replied; “Oh about a hundred”.

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