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Summary: 1. As Paul sought to encourage Timothy in his work as an evangelist... a. He made allusions to three secular occupations: soldier, athlete, farmer - 2 Tim 2:3-7 b. Here we find "Three Pictures Of Faithful Service" 2. The lessons to be gl

Three Pictures Of Faithful Service

2 Timothy 2:3-7 (quickview) 

INTRODUCTION

1. As Paul sought to encourage Timothy in his work as an

evangelist...

a. He made allusions to three secular occupations: soldier,

athlete, farmer - 2 Tim 2:3-7

b. Here we find "Three Pictures Of Faithful Service"

2. The lessons to be gleaned from these "pictures" is not limited

To evangelists...

a. All who serve the Lord should learn from the soldier,

athlete, and farmer

b. No matter what our function as members of the body of

Christ

[With that in mind, let’s look closer at the first "picture" in which we are reminded of...]

I. THE DEDICATION OF A SOLDIER

A. LONGSUFFERING...

1. "...must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus

Christ" - 2 Tim 2:3

2. Soldiers often endure great hardship in their service

for their country

3. Should Christians be any less willing to suffer

hardship?

a. For the gospel of Christ? - 2 Tim 1:8

b. For the kingdom of God? - Matt 5:10-12 (quickview) 

B. FOCUSED...

1. "No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the

Affairs of this life" - 2 Tim 2:4

2. Soldiers must concentrate on the task at hand to survive

3. Christians need to be careful less they be distracted by

The world

a. Or they will bear no fruit to maturity - Luke 8:14 (quickview) 

b. Or they will drown themselves in destruction and

perdition - 1 Tim 6:9-12

C. DEVOTED...

1. "...that he may please him who enlisted him as a

soldier." - 2 Tim 2:4

2. Soldiers desire to please their commanders

3. Should not Christians desire to please their Great

Commander?

a. Note Paul’s attitude concerning himself - 2 Col 5:9

b. Note Paul’s prayer concerning the Colossians –

Col 1:10

[The next time you see a soldier who serves his or her country with honor, ask yourself: "Do I serve my Lord and His kingdom with the same dedication?" Another picture that illustrates faithful service is...]

II. THE DISCIPLINE OF AN ATHLETE

A. OBEDIENT...

1. "...he competes according to the rules." - 2 Tim 2:5

2. Athletes understand the need to abide by the rules if

They desire to win

3. Are Christians under any less obligation to abide by the

rules?

a. Jesus calls upon to observe what He taught –

Matt 28:20 (quickview) ; Luke 6:46 (quickview) 

b. We must doers of the Word, and not hearers only

- James 1:22 (quickview) ; Matt 7:21-27 (quickview) 

B. SELF-CONTROLLED...

1. Note another comparison by Paul regarding athletics

- 1 Cor 9:24-27

2. Athletes know that ultimate victory requires great self-

control

3. Should Christians exercise self-control any less?

a. We strive for an imperishable crown - 1 Cor 9:25;

1 Peter 1:4 (quickview) 

b. If we are "disqualified", what then? - 1 Co 9:27

2 Cor 13:5

[As you watch athletes competing in the different sports, let their example of self-discipline challenge you in your own service to the Lord. Finally, consider a third picture of faithful service...]

III. THE DILIGENCE OF A FARMER

A. HARDWORKING...

1. "The hardworking farmer..." - 2 Tim 2:6

2. Farming is certainly no easy task

3. Should Christians labor any less in the vineyard of the

Lord?

a. The harvest is plentiful, and laborers are needed –

Matt 9:37-38 (quickview) ; 20:1

b. The fruit that we gather relates to eternal life


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