"Endure, My Son..."
(2 Timothy 1:8 - 2:13)
1. Note the example of a West German runner in the marathon in the 1980 Los Angles Olympics. In the toughest times of life we, like her, have all the support of heaven and the intercession of the Spirit along with God's love delivered through Christ, but we have to endure. What motivates a person to endure, to persevere? Why does one quit and another give until there is no more to give just to finish?
2. Background for 2 Timothy: Paul was imprisoned and facing death (2 Timothy 4:6-8) while opposition and unfaithfulness were growing (2 Timothy 1:15; 2:14-18; 3:1-9,13; 4:14-16).
3. In this all Paul is saying "Endure, My Son". But how?
I. I HAVE A PURPOSE IN CHRIST - 1:8-11
A. Lack of Purpose. Shame: over the message and the messenger. The gospel of success vs. the gospel of suffering. Where is the power? Power equals ability. A man with the gift of prophecy is turned a doubter - not an issue of power, but of purpose. The power is in the purpose. Suffering becomes meaningful if there is a reason for it.
B. Focus of Purpose. Saved and called with a purpose, the power is in the gospel (Romans 1:16). Paul's reason for teaching, preaching, and being in prison was to share Christ. The first key issue to enduring is to endure for the right reason.
II. I HAVE A CONVICTION THAT GOD IS ABLE - 1:12-14
A. Paul reaffirmation - verse 12a.
B. I KNOW, I'M CONVINCED! - verse 12b. Strong words! I believe that God can do what He said He could! Purpose is only as strong as the conviction behind it. Paul believed in God enough to lay his life on the line for what he believed
C. How to Stay Convicted! - verses 13-14. Hold the example - let Christ be the standard. Guard the treasure (see verse 12, 1 Timothy 6:18-20). The treasure was his salvation! A matter of priorities: what counts most in your life?
III. ASIDE: PEOPLE - BAD AND GOOD - 1:15-18
A. Why stay convicted? Why do we endure?
B. Struggle against the world and bad examples and dealing with discouragement - verse 15. Turn away = repudiate, reject, desert. Paul is dealing (word for know is "oida") with an established fact that probably was bugging Timothy.
C. Encouragement of good examples: Onesiphorus. Actively searched for Paul. Not ashamed of his chains. Mercy for service.
IV. THIS I BELIEVE (GUIDELINES FOR ENDURING) - 2:1-13
A. The Work Will Go On - I Believe In Others - verses 1-2. Be strong in grace - note what he did not say here! The chain of continuation: what you heard, ENTRUST to faithful men, who will teach others. To do what Paul said, Timothy had to trust in others.
B. The Worker Will Endure - I Believe In Struggle - verses 3-7. Two key words that are linked together here are ENTRUST and SUFFER (see 1:12-14). Why endure (examples from life): the soldier's allegiance; the athlete's adherence; the farmer's advantage. Result: you'll understand (word for "insight").
C. The Brethren Need Strength...I Believe in Growth - verse 8. Remember Jesus! Never forget the power of the gospel, the preacher can be bound, but the message spreads.
D. God Is THE Constant In The Struggle Of Life - verses 11-13. This is probably an early Christian hymn. Message: Things change, but God does not!