Summary: What did Paul tell Timothy to remember? 1- Remember God’s Son 2- Remember God’s Word 3- Remember God’s elect
INTRO.- ILL.- The man looked a little worried when the doctor came in to administer his annual physical, so the first thing the doctor did was to ask whether anything was troubling him. "Well, to tell the truth, Doc, yes," answered the patient. "You see, I seem to be getting forgetful.
I'm never sure I can remember where I put the car, or whether I answered a letter, or where I'm going, or what it is I'm going to do once I get there -- if I get there. So, I really need your help. What can I do?"
The doctor mused for a moment, then answered in his kindest tone, "Pay me in advance."
And how is your memory? Do you forget things? Things to do? Or maybe you went to a room in your house to get something and then when you got there, you couldn’t remember what you were going to get.
And what about people? How embarrassing it is when you run into someone you haven’t seen in ages and you know their face, but you can’t think of their name. WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’ve had to apologize and say, “I’m sorry but I just can’t remember your name.” Sometimes it’s terribly embarrassing, because you knew them very well but the name just wouldn’t come to you. Here’s an example.
ILL.- Every time I go visit our Louise Smith she always wants me to pray with her. If I forget or I start to walk out without praying she’ll say something like, “Are you going to pray?”
Well, I remember at least one time that when I started to pray for her and I couldn’t remember her name. WHAT DO YOU DO IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT? AND WHAT DID I DO? I thanked God for His blessings, etc. until her name came to me. NOW THAT’S BAD. That’s a bad memory. Where are we? Who am I?
PROP.- What did Paul tell Timothy to remember?
1- Remember God’s Son
2- Remember God’s Word
3- Remember God’s elect
I. REMEMBER GOD’S SON
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.
Oh wow! He’s the greatest person that any of us could remember. If we would just remember Jesus every day we’d stay faithful, hopeful, and fruitful in life, bearing fruit in life.
ILL.- We all know about those 33 Chilean miners who were rescued from 1/2 mile beneath the earth. Having spent 69 days trapped inside the San Jose mine in Chile before being rescued, Mario Sepulveda says, he is a changed man.
"I buried 40 years of my life down there, and I'm going to live a lot longer to be a new person." Sepulveda, the second miner extracted from the mine, has advice for those who take undue risks in their lives. "I think I have learned a lot of wonderful lessons about taking the good path in life," he said. "For those of you able to call your wives or your husbands, do so."
During the time he was trapped inside the mine, Sepulveda said, he saw both good and evil. "I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won," he said. Sepulveda said he grabbed God's hand and never doubted that he would be rescued. I WOULD SAY THAT HE REMEMBERED JESUS! Had I been there I would have too! What about you? Jesus was their only hope. And we noticed that several of those miners were quick to fall on their knees and thank God once they got to the surface. AMEN! PRAISE HIS NAME!