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Port Hueneme church of Christ


Precious Letters

I Timothy & II Timothy

by David LaBelle


  • I. OLD LETTERS
    • A. Old letters from loved ones bring up emotions.
      • 1. Paul wrote letters to Timothy
        • a. Paul was Timothy's "father" ("my son").
        • b. They had traveled together.
        • c. Timothy was young in age but put in charge of Ephesus.
        • d. Christianity had been hurting the idol business and angered Ephesians.
      • 2. Paul wrote letters from prison.
        • a. Letters from prison or near one's death are pure.
  • II. PAUL WROTE ADVICE TO TIMOTHY
    • A. Be strong. (II Timothy 2)
    • B. Don't be lazy, do your best, study. (II Timothy 2:15)
      • 1. It's your responsibility.
    • C. Flee youthful lusts, have self discipline, take responsibility, be sober, develop good traits when young. (II Timothy 2:22)
    • D. II Timothy 2:24
      • 1. Don't strive but be gentle and patient.
      • 2. Qualities of a successful person
  • III. PAUL'S FORMULA FOR SUCCESS (Jesus and Paul were in harmony.)
    • A. A Goal
      • 1. Not ashamed of the gospel, focused on the gospel (Romans 1)
        • a. Philippians 3:1
          • 1. Paul's background, or pedigree, was superb.
          • 2. Paul said his pedigree was dung compared to the gospel and Christ.
    • B. A Purpose
      • 1. Recognition that the goal is valuable
    • C. Priorities
      • 1. First seek righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
      • 2. Be content. (Philippians 4:13)
    • D. Confidence
      • 1. He was able to do all through Christ ("I can do ...").
      • 2. Be strong in Christ.
      • 3. Your relationship with God
      • 4. Trust is deserved when you have a connection with God.
    • E. Sacrifices
      • 1. Deny yourself and follow Christ. (Matthew 16:24)
        • a. What is better than your soul?
    • F. Faith, or Trust
      • 1. Don't be anxious or worried. (Philippians 4)
      • 2. II Timothy 1:11
        • a. Paul suffered but was not ashamed.
        • b. Even in prison, Paul trusted Christ.
      • 3. II Timothy 4:6-8 - Paul's death letter
        • a. Paul finished the course.
  • Conclusion
    • 1. Now be a role model.
    • 2. The course costs you all you have.
    • 3. Start the course.
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