2 Timothy 4:9-21
DATE: 6 May, 2001 PM
PLACE: BBC Blarney
Introduction (Mt 18:20; Heb 10:25)
A. Paul is in prison in Rome. And he is lonely. The Christian life can be very lonely sometimes.
B. But to combat that loneliness, God supplied that need with something called, “Christian fellowship” - commitment of Christians to each other in a church
C. Paul writes two letters to Timothy 1000 miles away, and asks him two times (2Tim 4:9, 21) to COME to him.
D. We need each other. And we need each other sooner than later!
E. Don’t neglect your church, and the people in this church!
Message – Come Before Winter
There are four kinds of people that call themselves
Front-liners – those who go right to the battle
To the mission-field
Behind a pulpit and teach the Bible, and preach righteousness
To their family and friends
These are the busy folks, who are busy in the vineyard of God
Forsakers – Note Heb 10:25
They don’t have to forsake Jesus to actually be forsakers
Just forsake Christians – don’t be a part of the team, called the
local New Testament church – don’t be there on Sundays all day, or on Wed
evening, or at prayer meeting on Saturday evening
To forsake means to abandon
Talking about forsaking the assembly
The putting of us all together into a team
The place we meet
The people we all meet with
When you only think of yourself, you are going by nature to forsake,
It is not only a sin to fail God, it is also a sin to fail each other!
Few Labourers (Mt 9:37)
That’s all we got – without Christian fellowship,
where would we be?
There are some spiritual giants in the midst of these
But there are some dooseys as well
Christ said love them, and never forsake them
That’s why Paul east humble pie here, and calls for john mark to be
brought – he really was profitable after-all (Paul learned this)
No one can do the work of God alone!
It is coming up to winter where Paul was
He had some needs – God supplies all our needs –
Amen! Used ravens. But He uses other people to supply them most of the time.
Don’t leave it to just the ravens.
Paul needed only three things:
Cloke – a thick over-coat
Books (1Tim 4:12,13) – the value of reading – forget the TV
Especially the parchments – most expensive type of paper – reserved
for the Bible – he needed the Bible
Don’t forget, these things are what the New Testament
Church is all about
Supply personal needs
Obtaining and promoting helpful books
Preaching, teaching, and giving away BIBLES!
There are three very powerful enemies that every
People enemies – they attack you, and contradict you, and persecute you
Religious enemies – religion is against the liberation of the people
from their darkness (the Jews AND the pagans wanted to be left alone, and would
KILL anyone that interfered)
Fear itself (4:16) – can totally hinder us
Christians can encourage, and help us face these
God takes care of His people, even when others don’t
But He takes good care of us when we are doing his work
Do you think God’s will is worth the risk? Preaching
Paul was delivered from the coliseum with the lions –
Paul was eternally secure
But it sure is wonderful to share that security with
someone else – as Adam wished for in the garden of Eden.
The hope that Paul always had, because of the promises
of God’s word
Over-rides any distance – loved, and looked forward to seeing Priscilla
and Aquilla (good friends) again (here, there, or in the air). Paul was in
prison in Rome, and they were in Ephesus (1000 miles)
Over-rides any disappointment
Erastus was supposed to be there with Paul, but had other plans
So, someone else needed to take his place – Timothy was coming
Paul was not only losing friends
Paul was losing his apostolic powers
But Paul knew the Lord was still on the throne, and even when things
aren’t going great with us, they probably are going good for someone else
Those promises work themselves out through CHRISTIANS
who are faithful to the Lord, to His church, and to his people!!!