Evangelism         1 Timothy 1:3-7,12-15; 2:1-7             March 7, 4004
Scripture from the new Holman Christian Standard Bible

Some say, "Well, I don't have the gift of evangelism." I say,"Great" Why do I respond that way? Because, God does not give the gift of evangelism. He does give the gift of being an evangelist, which usually places one in a full time itinerant ministry. God tells every Christian, "you are witnesses," the choices we make determines the effectiveness of our witness. In this study of First and Second Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to maintain sound doctrine. One third of the times the word doctrine is used in the New Testament is in 1 & 2 Timothy. A proper emphasis on doctrine always affects evangelism. It is interesting to note evangelism proceeds from those with correct doctrine. Look around at the most evangelistic churches, you will find a pastor who is solid in his doctrine. The vast majority of full time evangelists I know are biblical in their doctrine. You do not win people to the Lord unless you have sound doctrine.

1. The . . Doctrine of Evangelism. 1:3-7

A.    The Desire to . . Remain true to the Doctrines of Evangelism. v 3a
        "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus . . ."

B.    The Desire to . . Reason with the Doctrines of Evangelism. v 3b-7
    ". . . that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to
    fables and endless genealogies,

        1. The Purpose of the Reasoning. vv 5-6
        5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and
        from sincere faith,

        2. The Problem in the . . Reasoning. vv 6-7
        6 Some have deviated from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion. 7 They want to be
        teachers of the law, although they don't understand what they are saying or what they are insisting
            a. Problem of . . Turning from the Faith. v 6 a
                "from which some, having strayed,. . ."
            b. Problem of . .Idle Talk. v 6 b
                ". . . have turned aside to idle talk,. . ."
            c. Problem of . . Teaching the Law Wrongly. v 7 a
                "desiring to be teachers of the law, . . ."
            d. Problem of . . Thickheadedness. v 7b
                ". . . understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm."

    Paul urged Timothy to remain in Ephesus so he could share and defend sound doctrine. Why? Some were perverting the gospel message, and that affects the work of evangelism. Too many times we quit to soon, and Paul encourages Timothy to stay in this place of ministry. The reasoning behind Paul's encouragement stems from his desire for Timothy to do the work of an evangelist while teaching and preaching correct doctrine. This will put down theological error. False doctrine can turn people away from God's plan, and detain the efforts of evangelism. It is sad some in the first century of Christianity rejected the simple plan of salvation, and taught error.

2.    The . . Demonstration of Evangelism. 1:12-15

A.    Demonstration of Evangelism . . in Ministry. v 12
        12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting
        me into the ministry,
        1. Enabling . . for the Ministry. v 12a
            "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me,. . ."
        2. Evaluation . . for the Ministry. v 12b
            ". . . because He counted me faithful,. . ."
        3. Entrance . . Into the Ministry. v 12c
            ". . . putting me into the ministry,. . . "
B.    Demonstration of Evangelism in . . Mercy. v 13-15

        1. Demonstration in the . . Obtaining of Mercy. v 13
            "although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I
            obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
        2.    Demonstration in the . . Object of Mercy. v 14
            "And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which
            are in Christ Jesus.
                a. Jesus is the object of Faith and Love.
                    1) Abundant Grace comes from Him. Jn. 10:10
        3. Demonstration in the . . Ornament of Mercy. vv 15
            "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the
            world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

        Paul demonstrated evangelism as he received a call into ministry. Most would not have
evaluated Paul as a candidate for ministry but God counted him faithful, and Paul entered the ministry. Paul calls himself the "chief of sinners," and yet he obtained mercy. What a demonstration of the power in proper evangelism. The object of God's mercy is not to highlight the sinner, but the Saviour who provides this mercy with grace, faith, and love. Paul magnifies the power of God in evangelism as he is held up like an ornament and calls himself the "chief of sinners." By calling attention to his salvation he indicated God can save anyone if He saved him. He believed no one was too difficult a sinner for God's transforming power.

3.    The . . Devotion to Evangelism. 2:1-7

A.    Tranquility . . and Devotion to Evangelism. v 1-2

B.    Truth . . and Devotion to Evangelism. v 3-4

C.    Testimony . . and Devotion to Evangelism. v 5-6

D.    Teaching . . and Devotion to Evangelism. v 7

        The devotion to evangelism focuses on prayer for all persons, so we can give God thanks and live a tranquil life. The truth about evangelism remains that God wants all to be saved. He testifies that Jesus is the only mediator between Himself and all mankind. Paul goes forth teaching the Gentiles about salvation and evangelism, and tells us God appointed him for this purpose. We are all encouraged to be witnesses and do the work of evangelism. Amen? Amen