HOW TO AVOID SHIPWRECK
I Timothy 1:18-20
January 12, 1992
INTRODUCTION: On a regular basis we see and hear of fellow
believers that have made shipwrecks of their faith. Is it not
amazing that the major problem with believers today, as we
approach the 21st century, is the same as the 1st century. The
heart of the problem is still the problem of the heart. The
Apostle Paul writes to young Timothy, the pastor, to instruct
and encourage him concerning the faith. Paul certainly did not
want to see Timothy become another casualty. This text leads us
to 3 thoughts as to how we can avoid shipwreck.
I. HEAR PAUL'S EXHORTATION. v.18
A. THE CHARGE. 18a
"This charge I commit" - (charge) =
an urgent command handed down from a superior
officer. Paul uses military language to enforce his
"commit" - entrust; banking
terminology; used of entrusting
something valuable to someone's safe
keeping. It is a word, for instance,
for making a deposit in a bank or
entrusting someone to another's care.
It always implies that a trust has been
reposed in someone for which he
will be called to account.
EXAMPLE: In Luke 23:46, Jesus used the same
word on the cross when He
cried, "Father, into thy hands I
commend my spirit..."
The word carries the connotation of
entrustment with accountability.
II C ...
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