SPIRITUAL ENTHUSIASM IN SERVICE
II Timothy 1:3-7
May 31, 1992
INTRODUCTION: This passage makes it all too clear that
Timothy's experiences in life had been preparation for his
ministry and Paul was confident of the genuineness of Timothy's
faith. Paul is seeking to encourage Timothy that the Spirit
within would give all the power needed for ministry.
There is a selflessness in this writing in that Paul's great
concern was not for himself; it was for Timothy and the success
of the Gospel ministry. Remember, Paul is in a Roman jail; this
epistle serves as his last letter. (II Tim. 4:6). Paul is
attempting to fortify Timothy for accomplishment and
stedfastness in ministry after his departure. There first few
verses are encouragements for ministerial endurance. This
passage could serve to create a courageous enthusiasm. Note
Paul's four words of encouragement.
I. AFFECTION. 1-2
Paul loved Timothy. From love one gains such
strength and encouragement. My ministry here is such
a joy because I
feel so loved.
EXAMPLES: Mark Powell "burned out";
Young Youth Pastor in Villa Rica; Pastor
has asked him to leave and now his wife
wants to leave him.
PERSONAL TESTIMONY: Letters I receive
Robert Simmons: quote
Little girls: quote
II. INTERCESSION. 3-4
Intercession with gratitude:
A. IN HIS CONSCIENCE 3a
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