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Forever Faithful
Persevering, Enduring During Strenuous Times
Couples In Christ, Sunrise Community Church, Winter 2012

Introduction                                                                                                                 Sunday, January 8, 2012

These are difficult days in America and indeed in the world.  Economically, politically, relationally – we seem to have lost our bearing.  Marriages are struggling, businesses are failing, and values that have long brought relative stability are being eroded and discarded.  Indeed, many have become “lovers of self (pleasure) rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:2, 4).  Even mature believers sometimes question or compromise their faith; some have been “shipwrecked” (1 Tim. 1:19).  What stabilizes you during tough times?  How can you be like Abraham, who “did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Rom. 4:20)?  Abraham was “fully assured that what He (God) had promised He was able also to perform” (Rom. 4:21).  How is this confidence in God cultivated?  How can you be “forever faithful”?  “If we are faithless He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim. 2:13).

When Paul wrote his previous letter to Timothy six years earlier he had just been released from “house arrest” in Rome.  He had been confident of being released (Phil. 1:19) and looked forward to freedom and continued ministry.  Now Nero was persecuting Christians and had Paul in chains (2:9) with no hope of deliverance (4:6).  Nearly everyone close to him abandoned him, and he was soon to be executed.  This is when he wrote to Timothy again.  Perhaps Timothy never made it to Rome to see him again.  What was the essence of his instruction to his mentee?

·        Take the reins for me now (2:2)

·         Keep serving faithfully (1:6)

·         Hold on to sound doctrine (1:13, 14)

·         Avoid error (2:15-18)

·         Accept persecution for the gospel (2:3,4; 3:10-12)

·         Put confidence in the Scripture, and

·         Preach it relentlessly (3:15-4:5)

 Timothy was struggling it seems, having a hard time “bearing up under it” (1 Cor. 10:13).  I can relate to him; how about you?  And yet God used Paul to “shore up his faith” and encourage him, resulting in the ministry being multiplied.  How about your family; how is that “handoff” going?  Do those around you see a faithful servant of God?

We have a tremendous hope in Christ!  “If God is for us who is against us?” (Rom. 8:31).  Consider the last few verses of Romans 8,

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Teaching Overview

Introduction

Lesson 1

Faith FRIENDSHIPS

2 Tim. 1:1-5

Friends of like mind encourage one another and shore up their faith.

Lesson 2

Faith PRONOUNCED

2 Tim. 1:6-11

There is something about clearly stating what you believe that strengthens your faith.

Lesson 3

Faith EXAMPLES

2 Tim. 1:12-18

Jesus is the prime example of a man who showed us how to be faithful.

Lesson 4

Faith ENDURANCE

2 Tim. 2:1-7

Soldiers expect a tough road and prepare for it. How about you?

Lesson 5

Faith PERSPECTIVE

2 Tim. 2:8-13

Considering God’s faithfulness and others who trust Him encourages me to be faithful.

Lesson 6

Faith PRACTICED

2 Tim. 2:14-19

Diligence and clear objectives help me stay on course.  I am anchored to a firm foundation.

Lesson 7

Faith PURSUIT

2 Tim. 2:20-26

I will pursue faithfulness without compromise.  I’ll recognize and resist ungodly behavior.

Lesson 8

Faith OMITTED

2 Tim. 3:1-9

Those without faith in God will cause havoc and try to pull others along with them.  But God will set a limit and prevail.

Lesson 9

Faith OPPOSED

2 Tim. 3:10-13

A faithful believer who stands firm and his faith thrives amidst persecution.  He’ll draw closer to God.

Lesson 10

Faith ROOTED

2 Tim. 3:14-17

God has anchored and stabilized us.  Deep roots keep us upright and strong.

Lesson 11

Faith SHARED

2 Tim. 4:1-4

How can we not share our hope in God?  The darker it gets the brighter our light (Christ) shines.

Lesson 12

Faith COMMITMENT

2 Tim. 4:5-8

The question has been called for.  Time to step up and shine!  Our motive is strong; God is with us.

Lesson 13

Faith FRIENDS & ENEMIES

2 Tim. 4:9-16

Not everyone will stick with it; some will desert.  But I’ll rejoice in those who remain faithful. Together we’ll honor and serve God.

Lesson 14

Faith DELIVERED

2 Tim. 4:17-22

God’s strength prevails; rescue is certain; despair is extinguished.  Grace reigns!