Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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WE NEED  F.A.T.  MEN
2 Tim 2:1-8

NASB
1. You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,
KJV 
1. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 
 

INTRODUCTION

        1. We Need . . Faithful Men.

            2. We Need . . Available Men.

                3. We Need . . Teachable Men.
 
 

1.    We Need . . Faithful Men. v 1-2 b 


1. You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

EXPLANATION

A.    Faithful Men have . . Spiritual Sons. v 1 a
            " .You therefore, my son, . . . "
 

B.    Faithful Men have . . Spiritual Strength. v 1 b
            ". . . be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. "

ATR. {Be strengthened} (). Present passive imperative of #1Ti 1:12; "Keep on being mpowered," "keep in touch with the power."

C.    Faithful Men have . . Spiritual Shrewdness. v 2 b
            ". . . these entrust to faithful men, . . . "

ILLUSTRATION
W.B. Hinson liked to tell the story of a cobbler who lived in Edinburgh. One day the newly installed minister of the shoemaker's church made his first call at the shoe shop. As the pastor talked, he used some lofty theological language. The cobbler replied with understanding and deep spiritual insight that left the preacher astonished. "You should not be cobbling shoes," he said. "A man with such thoughts and such a manner of expressing those thoughts should not be doing secular work." The cobbler was quick to reply,

"Sir, take that back!" "Take what back?" asked the preacher. "That I am doing secular work," responded the shoemaker. "Do you see that pair of shoes? They belong to widow Smith's son. Her husband died last summer. She is supported by her boy, who keeps a roof over their heads by working outdoors every day. Bad weather is coming. The Lord said to me, `Will you cobble widow Smith's boy's shoes so he won't catch cold and come down sick this winter?' And I said, `I will!' Now you preach sermons under God's direction, I trust. And I will cobble that boy's shoes under God's direction. One day when the rewards are given out, He will say to you and me the same sentence, `Well done, thou good and faithful servant.'"
 

APPLICATION

         We Need . . Faithful Men.
 
 

2.    We Need . . Available Men. 


2 And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

EXPLANATION

A.    Available Men have . . Talent Available for the Lord. v 2 c
            ". . . who will be able . . . "
 

B.    Available Men have . . Time Available for the Lord. v 2 c
            ". . . who will be able . . . "
 

ILLUSTRATION
If only he'd say -- just once, "All right, Timmy, let's do it together, right now."
But it's always, "Wait a little. Can't you see I'm busy? Just a minute, Timmy. Tomorrow."
Tomorrow I'll be big.

I'm only little now. Now is when I need you, Daddy. Not tomorrow. Or even in a minute. Now.
May I have some of your time, please? Please, sir? Perhaps I should schedule an appointment. You always keep appointments. Or maybe I could go away a while until I'd be a real stranger. Then when I'd come back you wouldn't keep me waiting.

Wonder if that would work? But why go to all the trouble? I'll try the other way -- just once more. Daddy, will you -- will you play with me? Now. Tomorrow I'll be big.
 

APPLICATION

        We Need . . Available Men.
 
 

 3.    We Need . . Teachable Men. v 2 c - 8 


2 And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these
entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may
please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes
according to the rules.
6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,

EXPLANATION

A.    Teachable Men have . . Determination for the Lord. v 2 c - 3
            ". . .  teach others also.   3.  Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
 

B.    Teachable Men have . . Discernment for the Lord. v 4-7
            4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may
please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.   5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.   6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.  7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

        1. Discernment as a soldier.     v 4
        2. Discernment as an athlete.   v 5
        3 Discernment as a farmer.     v 6
        4. Discernment as Christian.    v 7
 

C.    Teachable Men have . . Deliberation for the Lord. v 7-8
            7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David,   according to my gospel,

ILLUSTRATION Teachableness
Howard Hendrics tell of his days as a student. He would pass a professors house at 5:30 am in the morning on his way to work and see him with his desk light on studying. Howard would go to class, then go back to work, then to the library and home at 10:30 at night. When he passed at 10:30 at night he would often see the same professor studying.

He got an opportunity to ask the professor why he studied so much and he replied son I want to be a fresh stream of truth and not a stagnate pool.

APPLICATION

WE NEED  F.A.T.  MEN
 

    Faithful Men.

            Available Men.

                    Teachable Men.