Characteristics of God's Man
1 Timothy 4:12-16
February 26, 2006
INTRODUCTION: This passage magnifies the exemplary life. Thomas Brooks said, "Example is the most powerful rhetoric." A minister's life is his most powerful message. Authoritative preaching is undermined if there is not a virtuous life backing it up.
Philippians 4:9, "The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
1 Thessalonians 1:5-6, "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit."
The theme of 1 Tim., Chapter 4, is "The Walk of the Good Minister of Jesus Christ"
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." He advised me, "Don't ever worry about that. Don't let anyone despise your youth, but make dead sure you are an example to the believers. The important thing is not your age, but whether you are an example."
You can teach what you know but only reproduce who you are!
I. BE AN EXAMPLE. 12
A. THE CAUTION.
"Let no one despise your youth" – look down on your youthfulness; give no one grounds by any fault of character. "Timothy, you do not have a long track record to establish creditability, so earn respect by your conduct."
B. THE CONDUCT.
"example" – types; pattern, model, impression; and example to be imitated
We can affect the fewness of our years by the richness of our character. Paul was telling Timothy that his followers would quickly forget how young he was by their recognition of how godly he is.
1. IN WO ...
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