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BAC Sermons

Truly Faithful

2008-11-23 2 Timothy 1:13


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Hold fast the form of sound words, which you have heard of me, in faith and love  in Christ Jesus.

Learn the Truth, Live the Truth, Love others with the Truth Eph 4:15  but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16  from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

I. Know what To Do

{Hand: Hear, Read, Study, Memorize, Meditate}
A. Commit to Obey Jn 7:17 If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God…Myself

B. Study & Shun 2Tim 2:14  Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  16  But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

1Tim 4:7  But refuse profane and old wives' fables, but exercise/work out yourself rather for the advantage of (pros) godliness.
1Tim 6:20 Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane idle babblings and oppositions of what is falsely called knowledge
Titus 1:13…sound in the faith,  14 not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men that/who turn from the truth.
Titus 3:9  avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.


II. Do what You Know

{Meditate  = Thinking through Implications for Applications}   View of: God, self, world, others; Different spheres: Family, Home (roomates), Work, Church, Gov’t; How affect: purpose, dreams, values, thoughts, feelings, actions?)

A. Non-Application is sin
Js 4:17  Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin. Rm14: condemned…for whatever is not of faith is sin
Rm 6:6 knowing, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be unemployed, that we should not serve sin.

2Tim 3:14  But continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them; 15  from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for all good works. 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine 3  they will not endure sound doctrine…itching ears…heap up teachers

B. We will be held accountable Luke 12:41 Peter said, Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people? 42 Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. 47” And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48  But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; & to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more


III. Share what You Know

Jn 9:25 Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: though I was blind, now I see.

A. Share Accurately
Mt 12:36  "But I say to you that for every idle/unprofitable word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

B. Share Selectively
Mr 6:11” “whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!"

C. Share Strategically: Endure & Hand-off to the..Faithful..Available/Involved..Teachable
2Tm 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2  And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3  You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5  And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6  The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7  Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.


Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:

  1. What’s God’s intended purpose for the Truth? How does one use the Truth in accord with God’s purposes? How has Truth changed you?
  2. Do most people drop the baton re: “learning”, “living” or “loving others”* with the Truth? Why? Which is easiest to fix?
  3. What keeps people from learning the Truth? Applying/Living the Truth? Passing it on to others? Which God would want you to improve?
  4. If one’s life is inconsistent with the Truth, what keeps them from changing immediately and permanently?
  5. What helps you learn; live; love others with the Truth? Are you a FIT person investing in FIT people? If not, can you change?