Set A Good Example      2 Timothy 3:1-17      05-02-04
(All Scriptures from the Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Introduction
    Do we need good examples? Of course! The sad fact remains we have had too many bad examples. Last night I saw Ann Graham Lotz being interrogated by a liberal commentator who tried to challenge her conclusions, but she kept giving excellent answers about the salvation God gives through Jesus. She gave a good example for all of us.

1.    The . . Crucial Nature of Setting A Good Example.
    In Paul's day, and today, a good example is crucial. Paul called his day the last days, he
nor we have any other option than to believe Jesus will come in our life time. Today and in Paul's day we see an abuse of love. Note the number of times the word "love" appears in this section of the text. We see love of self, money, pleasure, evil. then a lack of love for good, and God. A good example must show forth in these liberal times where there is a form of religion without the power of God. This kind of foundation produces a leaderless generation always learning but never coming to the knowledge of truth. Good examples will say "thus saith the Lord," and take a stand.
 

2.    The . . Companions of Setting A Good Example.
        When we set a good example, certain companions will walk beside us. Some companions will be very practical; such as conduct, purpose, faith, love, and endurance. Paul demonstrated all of these qualities. He also demonstrated what to do with the companion of persecution. We are told to expect persecution as he said "all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Through times of persecution; perfidious people will demonstrate their evil practices.
 

3.    The . . Challenge of Setting A Good Example. v 14-15
        Paul gives a challenge for Timothy, and all of us, to continue firm in the faith remembering the examples set before us. Timothy's mother and grandmother set good examples, and passed their faith on to him It is sad so few children have such examples today. All Christians can accept this challenge confidently resting on the salvation we received individually, but with appreciation for the example of those who shared the gospel with us.
 

4.    The . . Cornerstone of Setting A Good Example. v 14-15
        Jesus is the Cornerstone of our faith. However it is not wrong to say the scriptures also serve as a cornerstone to our faith. Timothy received training from God's Word. The scriptures are inspired by God and informative for our faith. The theological controversies we read about in the news today center on one's view of scriptures. Is it really the completely inspired Word of God or just a book that contains the Word of God? The ministers I respect stand firm on the Inerrancy of scripture. Therefore our Inerrant, Inspired Bible must be the tool equipping the minister in every good work. Through this he can lead in setting a good example. Amen? Amen!

Full Outline Below

1.    The . . Crucial Nature of Setting A Good Example.
 
    A.    Crucial In the . . Last Days. v 1
        1 But know this: difficult times will come in the last days.

    B.    Crucial In The . . Love Gone Astray Days. v 2 - 4
    2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
    to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
    without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
    of God,
        1.    Love Self.
        2.    Love Money
        3.    Love Lacking. v 3a
        4.    Love Evil. v 3b
        5.    Love Pleasure. v 4a
        6.    Love of God Lacking. v 4b

    C.    Crucial In The . . Liberal Days. v 5 - 6
        5 holding to the form of religion but denying its power. Avoid these people! 6 For among
        them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened
        down with sins, led along by a variety of passions,

    D.    Crucial In The . . Leaderless Days. v 7 - 9
        7 always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as
        Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are
        corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further
        progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.
 

2.    The . . Companions of Setting A Good Example.

    A.    The . . Pragmatic Companions. v 10
        10 But you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love,
        and endurance,

    B.    The . . Persecuting Companions. v 11-12
        11 along with the persecutions and sufferings that came to me in Antioch, Iconium,
        and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all.
        12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

    C.    The . . Perfidious Companions. v 13
        13 Evil people and imposters will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.
 

3.    The . . Challenge of Setting A Good Example. v 14-15
    14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing those
    from whom you learned, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures,
    which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 
    A.    The Challenge to . . Continue Setting A Good Example. v 14
        14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing
        those from whom you learned,

    B.    The Challenge to . . Confidently Set A Good Example. v 15
        15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to
        instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 

4.    The . . Cornerstone of Setting A Good Example. v 14-15

    A.    Training . . from the Cornerstone. v 16
        16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking,
        for correcting, for training in righteousness,
            1.    Inspired . . Training.
            2.    Informative Training

    B.    Tools . . from the Cornerstone. v 17
        17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
            1.    Tools for the . . Man of God.
            2.    Tools for the . . Ministry of God.
 

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