Fathers That Are Faithful
1 Timothy 6:11-12
June 19, 2011
INTRODUCTION: Can you possibly think of a greater designation which speaks of spiritual characteristics than to be called a "man of God"? Listen to the sweetness and strength of these words: "My Dad (Father) is a "man of God."
An encouraging statement is found in these words, "God does not call the equipped, God equips the called." The passage we are studying this morning uses words that are not difficult to grasp that help us to clearly see what the "man of God" looks like.
The Apostle Paul realized that lots of forces attempt to pull down our men, therefore, with passion and encouragement he paints the portrait of the "man of God." One very helpful textual approach is that of contrasting the "man of God" with the one who has his affections, attention, and aim on the world only. This text concerns itself with the private and public life of our men. If these scriptural admonitions are embraced and obeyed, it would assure Timothy (the man of God) success in his life's causes and ministries.
A great passage to launch this message on is II Timothy 3:16-17.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
I. NEGATIVELY: WHAT HE AVOIDS. 11
"but you" - sharply contrasts Timothy with the false teachers of the preceding verses.
You can't miss the intensity of Paul's appeal. The "man of God" realizes there are certain things to be avoided at all cost.
THE TRILOGY OF MAN'S STRUGGLES
? Pride - Ego "thorn in the flesh" 6:4
? Greed - Money - Covetousness (Idolatry)
6:5, 17, 9-10
? Lust - Sex 6:10,9 1 Cor 6:18
"O man of God" - one who believes on Him, belongs to Him.
Behaves like Him. This title is indicative of a mature ...
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