The Molding Of A Spiritual Leader
II Timothy 3:l0-l5
INTRODUCTION: Paul had warned Timothy in Chapter 3:l-9 that the last days were going to be perilous (dangerous) times. It would be a time where there would be much pressure to compromise and give in to evil. However, Paul knew that if Timothy was to become a spiritual leader he would have to assimilate many things into his life in order to survive. True makings of a spiritual leader take place when God, through several events, molds you into the person He wants you to be. Note what God uses in the life of Timothy:
I. THE EXAMPLE OF A SAINT. v.10
God gave Timothy, Paul. What did Timothy receive from Paul?
"But thou hast fully known" - know; one who
Has traced out the events of Paul's life; investigated. In Paul, Timothy had found a life open for all to see; nothing to hide.
Said of Jesus: John 18:20-21, "Jesus answered him, 'I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said."
Said of Paul before Agrippa: Acts 26:4, "My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know."
Paul had not hidden behind extravagant claims or religious propaganda.
"fully known" - to follow; emphatic -
"But you, you followed..."
fully followed up; fully traced; as if running over a copy on which to pattern his own life.
A. PROCLAMATION. 10a
"doctrine" - teaching; the gospel he proclaimed. No matter how appealing a preacher may be, if he does not preach the truth of God's Word, he does not deserve our support.
B. DEMONSTRATION. l0b
"manner of life" - those guiding principles of his life which he had demonstrated; his way of life. Paul practiced what he proclaimed. Paul was a servant, not a celebrity.
C. RESOLUTION. l ...
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