Oct 15, 2017
Suffering
One of the major themes of this letter is suffering. We are exposed to many unhealthy perspectives of suffering. Some say suffering is just an illusion. Some say if we are righteous and faithful then God won’t allow us to suffer. Some say God can’t be good since there is so much suffering. Some try to ignore suffering by self-medicating. We discover from God’s Word how we should think about suffering and why our present suffering shouldn’t drive us to despair.
 
 
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  • Oct 15, 2017Suffering
    Oct 15, 2017
    Suffering
    One of the major themes of this letter is suffering. We are exposed to many unhealthy perspectives of suffering. Some say suffering is just an illusion. Some say if we are righteous and faithful then God won’t allow us to suffer. Some say God can’t be good since there is so much suffering. Some try to ignore suffering by self-medicating. We discover from God’s Word how we should think about suffering and why our present suffering shouldn’t drive us to despair.
     
     
  • Oct 1, 2017Commitment
    Oct 1, 2017
    Commitment
    In 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Paul encourages Timothy to stand strong and be committed to the gospel ministry. He uses the image of a soldier, athlete, and farmer to help illustrate what faithful ministry involves. We learn that commitment is difficult, necessary, and rewarding. Following Jesus often involves traveling a difficult road, but the road is worth it because it leads to life.
     
     
  • Sep 24, 2017Gospel
    Sep 24, 2017
    Gospel
    In this sermon we learn there is both an offensive and defensive aspect to the gospel and to gospel ministry. We are called to advance the gospel using the pattern of sound words we have been given. We are also called to defend the gospel, which means being willing to state explicitly what the gospel is and what the gospel is not. We discover that advancing and defending the gospel begins in our own hearts and homes before we can faithfully do this work in our community and world.
     
     
  • Sep 17, 2017Shame
    Sep 17, 2017
    Shame
    The main theme of this passage is shame. Paul tells Timothy that he is not ashamed and he calls on Timothy to join him in fighting against shame. We learn why we experience shame and we discover how to not be ashamed of Jesus. We also learn several important lessons for developing a biblical perspective on shame.
     
     
  • Sep 10, 2017Relationships
    Sep 10, 2017
    Relationships
    2 Timothy is a letter between two people who have a close friendship. As we begin this letter, we learn some important lessons about relationships. Our normal perspective is challenged and corrected by this biblical view. Healthy relationships are grounded in the gospel and they are purposeful in extending the gospel. They are unselfish and authentic. We also discover why Jesus has friended us and loved us in a way that no one else can.
     
     
     
     
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