Summary: Here’s a sermon encouraging us to hold onto our faith. The true story of Charles Darwin illustrates the damage that can be done when we allow our faith to shipwreck.
The Terrible Results of Shipwrecked Faith
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
2To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
5Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,
6from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,
7desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
8But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,
9knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,
11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.
12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,
13although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
15This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
16However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
18This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
19having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,
20of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Do you know anybody who walked away from Jesus?
Have you ever seen someone quit the faith?
Is it possible for a Christian to walk away from his faith?
Yes, It happens!
The results can be tragic!
That’s why Paul wrote a letter to the young pastor Timothy.
In that letter, Paul warns Timothy to fight the good fight!
He also challenges Timothy to have faith and a good conscience.
Then Paul makes a statement that we all should pay attention to.
He says “some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,
What do you suppose Paul meant by “have suffered shipwreck,”?
I have a true story to tell you today:
Charlie was born the fifth of six children to a wealthy society doctor and financier. He was raised by Christian parents. When Charlie was eight years old, his mother died. He was enrolled in a Christian school. When he reached the age of 16, Charlie served as an apprentice doctor, helping his father treat the poor. Eventually, he enrolled in college to study medicine, but his father was dissatisfied with Charlie’ progress. He enrolled him in a Christian college to become a preacher. Charlie believed the literal truth of the Bible. He was convinced that design in nature proved the existence of God. Charlie did well in his study of theology and eventually graduated 10th in a class of 178 students.
We’ll get back to our story about Charlie a little later!
Sometimes Paul used a race to illustrate the Christian life.
Sometimes he used a boxing match as the illustration.
On other occasions, he referred to it as a journey.
We all know that it’s not easy!
There are trials and temptations.
In Verse 20, Paul mentions 2 men who “shipwrecked”.
They once had faith, but something happened.
Their faith crashed on the rocks.
So this proves that it is possible!
Your faith might be strong today, but it could “shipwreck”!
To avoid shipwreck, fight the good fight.
18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
When Paul ordained Timothy to be a pastor…
he was given spiritual gifts that empowered him