Summary: Faith is simply taking God at His word.
STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.” (KJV)
I. WE ARE TO DEVELOP OUR FAITH.
A. PAUL’S CONCERN FOR TIMOTHY.
(2 Timothy 1:2-3 (quickview) ) To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; (KJV)
1. We see Paul’s passion for Timothy.
2. We see Paul’s prayer for Timothy.
B. PAUL’S CHALLENGE TO TIMOTHY.
"Stir up the gift of God, which is in
1. WHAT HE REMEMBERED about Timothy’s
a. Their faith was sincere.
b. Their faith was shared.
2. WHAT HE REALIZED about Timothy’s
a. The decline which is sensed.
b. The demand that is sounded.
II. WE ARE TO DISPEL OUR FEAR. vv.7-18
A. HE MUST NOT BE ASHAMED OF THE SAVIOR.
1. He must speak up for the Savior.
2. He must stand up for His servants.
B. HE MUST NOT BE AFRAID TO SUFFER.
1. The apostle had courage to suffer.
2. The apostle had confidence in the
a. I will not be defeated. v.7
b. I will not be discordant. v.7