A YOUTHFUL EXAMPLE
I Timothy 4:l2-16
October 27, 1991
INTRODUCTION: J. Vernon McGee said, "When I began as a young
minister, even before I was ordained, I told an old, retired
minister that I felt a little embarrassed and even frightened
when someone with gray hair would come into the church to hear
this young preacher who was still a student. He advised me,
"Don't ever worry about that. Don't let anyone despise your
youth, but make dead sure you are an example of the believers."
The important thing is not your age, but whether you are an
Exercising ourselves in godly living is not only profitable for
us; it is also profitable for others. It enables us to be good
examples, so that we may encourage others to go on with God.
The theme of Chapter 4 is "The Walk of the Good Minister of
Jesus Christ". The key verse is 3:l5.
As young people take the helm, they will find themselves well
qualified if they possess these characteristics.
I. AN EXAMPLE. v.l2
A. THE DECLARATION. l2a
"despise thy youth" - speaks of that
contempt felt in the mind
which is displayed in injurious
action; to think down on; give
no one grounds by any fault of
"youth" - in the Greek describes
anyone of military age that is up
to the age of forty.
B. THE DEMONSTRATION. l2b
"but be thou" - keep on becoming.
"an example of" - not to; Timothy,
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