“The Gospel in Shoes”
2 Timothy 3:1-17
“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of… that from childhood you have known the sacred writings…” 2 Tim. 3:14-15
I. The Collapse of a CULTURE (2 Tim. 3:1-13)
The Apostle Paul was like a spiritual father to Timothy & felt responsible to __________ him for life & ministry. Paul knew that the “Last Days” would be ____________ times to be a Christian. cf. 2 Tim. 3:1; Matt. 8:28 These are the Last Days & most people around us are selfcentered, proud & ________________. (2 Tim. 3:1-5) Adults, teens & children will be hard to _______ because they “oppose the Truth” & have issues with authority! The freakiest part about the End Times culture is that ____________ is rampant!! cf. Mt. 24; 2 Tim. 3:10-13
“I am more convinced now than ever that when we enter into the Christian life, we enter a battleground, not a playground… The war we fight is an invisible battle!” Charles Swindoll, “The Church Awakening”
II. The CALLING of a Mother (2 Tim. 3:14-17)
The word “you” is ____________ in verse 14. Timothy had __________ and become convinced of the Truth through his mother’s teaching. cf. 2 Tim. 1:5
NOTE – Timothy had learned the “sacred writings” from _____________. cf. 2 Tim. 3:15 – “infancy” (NIV) It is the Bible _______ that gives wisdom & truth that leads to salvation through faith in Christ. cf. Ro. 10:17
FYI – The Scriptures are God-breathed & __________ for training our children & disciples! cf. 2 Tim. 3:16
“God, I know what you said, let me tell you what you mean.” Carl Kerby
- Don’t be Ashamed – 2 Tim. 1:8, 12; Rom. 1:16
- Don’t be Deceived – 2 Tim. 3:13; 2 Thess. 2:8-12
- Don’t be Left Behind – Matt. 24:36-41
Appointments with God
“When God CALLS”
Monday, February 14th
Meditate upon the Sovereignty of God’s Call on your life:
- Romans 8:28-30
Note you were “called according to His purpose” and that your calling originated in predestination! Spend time praising God for His gracious choice!
Tuesday, February 15th
Meditate upon the Complexity of God’s Call on your life:
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
Note the words “chosen you from the beginning.” He called us that we might “gain the glory…” Wow-Thank God for the “Gospel” that was shared with you! Pray for 1 Person to share it with today.
Wednesday, February 16th
Meditate upon the Uniqueness of God’s Call on your life:
- 1 Cor. 1:22-31
How is God’s choice of people He calls different than the world’s? Why does He do this? Why did He choose you? Confess your sin of pride to God!
Thursday, February 17th
Meditate upon the Certainty of God’s Call on your life:
- 2 Peter 1:5-11
Note the long list of character qualities that are to be “yours and increasing” as a believer. What does it mean to “make certain His calling?” Ask God’s Spirit to search your heart & show you your sin!
Friday, February 18th
Meditate upon the Mercy of God in calling you:
- 1 Timothy 1:12-16
Note that God “put Paul into service.” Paul said “I found mercy.” Spend time praising God for all the ways He has had mercy on you in calling & giving you a specific gift and area of service!
Saturday/Sunday, Feb. 19-20
Meditate upon the Adequacy of God’s Call on your life:
- 2 Cor. 2:16; 3:4-6; 1 Thess. 5:24
Did Paul feel adequate to serve in ministry? Where did His adequacy come from? Recommit yourself & your gifts to God for Him to use you today![audio:http://www.marshalltownefc.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/19-Redeeming-Motherhood-2-Tim-3_1-17.mp3|titles=19 Redeeming Motherhood (2 Tim 3_1-17)]