Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Chan Weng Seng   

Text: 2 Timothy 2: 1 -13

 

OPENING PRAYER

Abba Father! Annoint our 6x

  • ears to hear You
  • eyes to see You
  • minds to understand You
  • wills to obey You
  • hearts to love you
  • hands to serve You

Heavenly Father! Open our 6x..

  • ears to hear Your voice
  • eyes to see Your holiness
  • minds to understand Your waysl
  • wills to obey Your Word
  • hearts to receive Your love
  • lips to sing Your praises

For we desire to

  • know You intimately
  • love You dearly
  • follow You closely
  • obey You wholeheartedly
  • serve You singlemindedly and
  • live for You sacrificially

We pray this in Yeshua’s name. Amen.

TEXT, TITLE & KEY VERSE

Tonight’s text is 2 Timothy 2: 1 -1 Tonight’s message is entitled Pass It On. The key verses in tonight’s message is 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Timothy, my dear son, be strong with the special favor God gives you in Christ Jesus.You’ve heard me teach many things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Teach these great truths to trustworthy peoplewho are able to pass them on to others. NLT

Oh, Timothy, my son, be strong with the strength Christ Jesus gives you. For you must teach others those things you and many others have heard me speak about. Teach these great truths to trustworthy men who will, in turn, pass them on to others. LB

Teach these great truths to trustworthy people who will, in turn,pass them on to others.

What great truths was Timothy asked to teach?

In addition to the preaching of the gospel, what other great truths was Timothy asked to pass on to people he could trust? Let me translate this question into an application question that is relevent to us today as a church. In addition to the preaching of the gospel, what other values & virtues are we urged to pass on as we nurture new christians, make Christlike disciples, mentor future leaders and train competent teachers? From tonight’s text, there are 6 core virtues that need to be passed on to the next generation of leaders and teachers. They are..

  • hardwork
  • persistence
  • overcoming spirit
  • optimism
  • commitment
  • rising above circumstances

From the epistle of 2 Timothy, there are 5 essential values that need to be passed on to the next generation of christians and disciples. They are

  • integrity
  • peace
  • love
  • devotion
  • compassion.

We are not to teach these truths to everybody or anybody. We are to told to teach these virtues to trustworthy men and women. Not just any trustworthy men or women but to trustworthy men who are willing to pass them on to others; to trustworthy women who are able to pass them on to others.

Who are these trustworthy people we are looking for? Like Paul and Timothy I’m looking for trustworthy people to invest my life in. I want to invest my time and energies; I want to share my experiences and skills with those who are FAT.

F stands for faithful ;those who are full of faith and faithful in what they are doing

A stands for available; those who are available to serve God anywhere, anytime anyhow no matter what.

T stands for teachable; those who are humble and willing to learn from God and from their mentors.

We are not to share the gospel in fear with trembling. We are not to timidly teach these virtues and values in our own strength. We are urged to be strong with the strength given to us by Christ Jesus. We are told to be bold because of the special favor given to us in Christ Jesus.

You cannot share what you don’t have. You cannot teach what you don’t know. To be authentic you must earn the right to share.To be effective you must earn the respect to teach. Before you entrust to others what God has taught you, you must earn the right and the respect to do it. Before you can entrust to others what God is teaching you. 3 happenings must be seen to be actively at work in your life. These 3 happenings are stated in 2 Timothy 2: 1 -13 as

1. Excite over what you have received

2 Endure what you are undergoing

3 Emulate what you are seeing

Let me begin with point number 1

EXCITE OVER WHAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED

These 2 things you have received from God should excite you.

1stly: Be excited over your salvation. I read 1 Timothy 1: 9 -10 from the NLT

It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserve it, but because that was His plan long before the world began; to show His love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus. And now He has made all of this plain to us by the coming of Christ Jesus, our Savior, who broke the power of death and showed us the way to everlasting life through the Good News.

God has saved you from the fires of hell; are you thankful for it? God has saved you to spend eternity with Him; are you excited over it? God saved you not because you deserve it. Are you grateful for it? God chose you long before the world began. Have you praised Him for it? God has chosen you to live a holy life; are you rejoicing over it?. God has chosen you to show His love and kindness; are you showing it? God has picked you to pour out His love and mercy to those who don’t know Him; are you happy doing it? Jesus Christ has broken the power of death over you; does this truth excite you Christ has plainly showed you the way to eternal life; are you eagerly sharing this with others? You are saved because someone shared the Good News with you; did you praise God for this? These are the biblical truths that you ought to be enthusiastic about. These are the spiritual realities that ought to excite you. If you’re excited by things other than these, you need to realign your spiritual values.

2ndly: Be excited over what God has given you. I read from the NLT 1 Tim 1: 7 -8

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity; but of power, love and self-discipline. So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me even though I’m in prison for Christ. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the proclamation of the Good News

The spirit of fear and timidity comes from Satan, not God. He instills fear in us and causes us to be timid so that

· we’ll be afraid to tell others about Lord Jesus

· we’ll be ashamed to identify with christians suffering persecution

· we’ll not have God’s strength to suffer for Christ

· we’ll not be ready to proclaim Good News to others.

God has not given to us the spirit of fear and timidity. God has given to each one of us the spirit of power, the spirit of love and the spirit of self-disciplne. When you are excited over what God has given you; when you stir up this gift of God which is in you, when you fan into flames this spiritual gift of God in you you’ll have God’s power, love and discipline ..

· to tell others about Lord Jesus

· to identify with christians suffering persecution

· to suffer persecution for Christ’s sake and

· to proclaim the gospel of salvation no matter what.

As a disciple of Jesus are you excited over what you have received? As a saved sinner are you thankful for your salvation?As a child of God are you stirring up the spirit of power, love  and self-discipline that is in you? If your answer is no to these 3 questions;I invite you to come to the altar after this evening’s message and we’ll pray for you to receive these God-given gifts;we’ll pray for you to stir up God’s Spirit of power,love and self-discipline in you; we’ll pray that God will excite you over what you have received from Him. If you’re not excited over what God has given you, you will find it very hard to endure what you are presently undergoing.This leads me to point #2 of tonight’s message.

.ENDURE WHAT YOU ARE UNDERGOING. 3 ways to endure suffering for the sake of Christ.

1stly: Endure suffering as a good soldier. 2 Timothy 2: 3 -4 NLT

Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who enlisted you in his army.

A good soldier of Jesus refuses to be distracted by the things of this world. A good soldier of Christ does not love this evil world and all that it offers him. For all these worldly things, these evil desires; the craze for sex the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you and the pride that comes from wealth and importanc these are not from Go They are from this evil world. I John 2: 15 -16 LB

A good soldier of Jesus does not love this evil world and all that it offer because he wants to please Jesus, the One who enlisted him in God’s army.

2ndly: Endure suffering as a disciplined athlete. 2 Timothy 2: 5 NLT

Follow the Lord’s rules for doing His work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize.

Effort and determination are required to do the Lord’s work.  All the hardwork and discipline will be wasted if you fail to follow God’s rules for doing His work. Be like Paul who said this in 1 Cor 9: 26 -27

I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly; training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others in the race I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside. LB

I don’t know about you, but I am running hard for the finish line. I am giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me. I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. Msg

3rdly: Endure suffering as a hardworking farmer. 2 Timothy 2: 6

Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. NLT

Hardworking farmers work long hours of back breaking labor under all kinds of conditions with the hope that their physical effort will be rewarded by a good harvest. Are you enduring suffering like a hardworking farmer? Are you willing to work long hours with difficult people under all kinds of conditions? If you are willing to do this for Jesus, you’ll be rewarded with a good harvest of souls and disciples, a good team of leaders taught and trained by you who then will be able to reproduce themselves in others.

Be like Paul who said this in Colosians 1: 28-29 Everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ’s mighty power that works withiin me. Be like Paul who endured suffering as a hardworking farmerand you’ll be the first to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

What hardships are you undergoing as a servant of God? What sufferings are you undergoing in ministry for Christ? Are they

  • unlovable people & uncaring leaders
  • unappreciative co-workers & unreasonable expectations
  • uncommitted givers & unresponsive associates
  • unteachable disciples & unresolved conflicts
  • unscheduled interruptions & unsolicited criticisms
  • unavailable resources & uncooperative team members

Endure them as a good soldier, a disciplined athlete and a hardworking farmer. Do your best and God will do the rest for you.

Without good role models it’s difficult to be excited over what you’ve received from God. Without fatherly mentors it’s hard to endure the suffering you’re undergoing.This brings me to point # 3 of tonight’s message.

EMULATE WHAT YOU’RE SEEING 2 Timothy 2: 8 -10 LB

Don’t ever forget the wonderful fact that Jesus Christ was a Man, born into King David’s family; and that He was God; as shown by the fact that He rose again from the dead. It is because I have preached these great truths that I am in trouble here and have been put in jail like a criminal. But the Word of God is not chained, even though I am. I am more than willing to suffer if that will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

Paul was in big trouble when he preached Jesus as fully man and fully God. Paul was thrown into prison for refusing to stop preaching. Trouble or no trouble, priison or no prison Paul was willing to endure more suffering to bring salvation to those God has chosen. Are you willing to emulate what you see in Paul? Are you willing to teach others to emulate what you see in Paul’s life? Before you decide consider these words recorded for your benefit. They are found in 2 Timothy 2: 11 -13 LB

I’m comforted by this truth, that when we suffer and die for Christ, it only means that we will begin living with Him in heaven. And if we think that our present service for Him is hard, just remember that some day we are going to sit with Him and rule with Him. But if we give up when we suffer, and turn against Christ, then He must turn against us. Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, He remains faithful to us and He will help us, for He cannot disown us who are part of Himself and He will always carry out His promises to us.

Now consider this illustration. There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge life too quickly. So he sent them each to go and look at a particular tree. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in autumn. When they had all gone and come back, he asked them to describe what they had seen. 
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of  promise. 
The third son disagreed; he said it was full of blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. 
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment. 
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right because they had each seen only one season in the tree's life. 
You cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season. The essence of who we are; the pleasure, joy, and love that come
from our life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are added up. If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer and the fulfillment of your autumn. 
Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of living.  Don't  judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm30: 5 NIV

Our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long.Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever. 2 Cor 4:17 NLT

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. 1 Peter 1:6 NLT

CLOSURE

Let me end with this challenge. Though not perfect, your present set of leaders has earned the right to lead this church because we are 3x

  • excited over what we have received from God
  • enduring what we’re undergoing in ministry like good soldiers, diisciplined athletes and hardworking farmers
  • emulating what we are seeing in apostle Paul’s life and ministry.

Though not faultless, your LCEC has earned the respect to obey 2 Timothy 2:2 that is

  • to entrust to trustworthy people the gospel of salvation
  • to pass on biblical virtues to reliable men and women, boys and girls who are willing to be taught & trained.
  • and are able to pass on to others what they received.

We’re looking for FAT persons to motivate and to mentor. We’re looking for faithful stewards, available servants and teachable saints. Most of us in the LCEC are already in our 50s and 60s. Next year we will be pastorless as a church. We urgently need teachable and available servant-hearted persons in their 20s, 30s and 40s to teach and train, to mold and mentor before they are elected to replace us in the LCEC. Will you step forward and avail youself to be discipled. You can’t disciple others when you yourself have not been discipled. You can’t lead when you yourself have not been trained to lead. You can’t teach unless you yourself have been taught by God or by your mentors.

The 2nd intake of the Disciples Course will begin soon. I pray many of you will sign up for the right reasons, that is you want to be discipled so that you will be able to make new disciples for Jesus. Reflect over what I have said. I pray Abba Father will give you insight into all this. May the LORD give you

  • understanding to know His will
  • courage to obey His Word and
  • wisdom to follow His ways.

What you have received from God, pass it on. What you have learned from others, pass it on. cws/wmcas/31072011

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