Are You a Faithful Christian Example

Are You a Faithful Christian Example
December 26, 2021
Passage: 1 Timothy 4:12-16
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We're going to be spending most of our time in 1 Timothy chapter four. As we leave this year, and enter the next, I want all of us to consider all that we've accomplished in the last year and consider what we want to do in the coming year.

I like to focus my thoughts on my work life, my family life, and especially my Christian walk with Christ.

We live in our lives as examples. We learn examples from those we watch growing up.

Children copy what they see us do as an adult. Younger children copy what they see older children do. People copy what they see.

Great Examples of Faith Found in the Bible

Abraham had great faith.

  • Romans 4:40-22

He had great faith, and did not stagger in that faith.

Joseph was great in forgiving.

  • Genesis 50:19-21

Joseph comforted his brothers, and spoke kindly to them.

Moses was a great leader.

  • Exodus 14:13-14, 31

The people feared the Lord and feared Him, because of the leadership of Moses. Moses was a great leader. He believed and had faith that God would see them through.

David was a Man of Great Courage

  • 1 Samuel 17:26
  • 1 Samuel 17:24-37

David didn't understand why the Israelited didn't have faith to go against the Philistine. And thus, he volunteered to go against him.

David had courage. He had the Lord with him and knew the Lord would provide for him.

Jesus was our perfect example.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21

The Example of Timothy

Timothy was an example of dedication. Like many of us, Timothy was taught truth from early on, and was later trained up by Paul in the faith of Christ.

  • 2 Timothy 1:5
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-15

Today we want to talk about Timothy and I want to share somethings with you that maybe you did or did not know. We can learn from Paul the example that Paul wanted Timothy to be.

Who was Timothy?

  • He was the son of Eunice and grandson of Lois.
  • Timothy was from Lystrra. It's possible that Eunice could hhave beein the group that was with Paul when he was stoned in Lystra, Acts 14:19f.
  • He was reared in the faith from an early age, 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:15.
  • Paul encouraged Timothy to remember the example he learned from, 2 Timothy 3:14.

It is the parent's responsiblity to train up the child in the nurture of the word. Yes, the Bible class teachers, the preacher and the elders can support that, but it is the responsibility of the parent to train up a child.

Paul was on the look out for young preachers.

  • He knew that for Christianity to grow there was a demand for young preachers.
  • even Jesus knew this, Matthew 9:37

Timothy was converted during the first mission trip of Paul.

Paul called him...

  • my true child in fiath, 1 Timothy 1:12
  • my child Timothy, 1 Timothy 1:18
  • my beloved child, 2 Timothy 1:2
  • my beloved and faithful child in the lord, 1 Corinthians 4:17

It's interesting that Paul took the place of a spiritual father to Timothy. Before leaving Lystra during the second mission trip, Paul introduced Timothy to the ministry.

Paul asked Timothy to join him on this trip, Acts 16:3

  • Timothy stayed with Paul, while Mark went between being with Paul, and being with Parnabas and Peter
  • Paul was excited that Timothy was willing to keep up the habits of study and devotion, 1 Timothy 1:6.

Why Timothy?

From this point forward Paul treated Timothy as a fellow servant by speaking of him in the following ways:

  • "Our brother and God's minister in the Gospel of Christ," 1 Thessalonians 3:2.
  • "For he worketh the work of the Lord as I also do," 1 Corinthians 16:10.
  • "Timothy our brother," 2 Corinthians 1:1; Colossians 1:1; Philippians 1.
  • "Paul and Timothy, slaves of Jesus Christ" Philippians 1:1.
  • "Timothy my fellow-worker," Romans 16:21

Timothy's Spiritual Growth

Timothy was with Paul throughout much of the thrid mission trip.

  • While at Epehesus, trouble was brewin in Corinth
  • Through various communications, the troubles did not settle
  • Finally, Paul sent Timothy, 12 Corinthians 4:17
  • Papul was worried tha tTimothy could not solve the issues, 1 Corinthians 16:10
  • Timothy Returned to Epehsus but the problems continued in Corinth.
  • Paul sent Titus and when they met later in Macedoinai, Tius had great news for Paul, 2 Corinthians 7:6.
  • Basically the Judaisers in Corinth brushed Timothy aside as a young man and did not want to listen to him

After Paul was put in prision, he left Timothy in charge at Ephesus, 1 Timothy 1:3.

Timothy must have grown in wisdom and stature by now. Epehsus was a great city in the region and well known; this was a heavey responsibility. Paul spent 3 years there on the seocnd mission trip Paul called it agreat door and effectual, 1 Corinthians 16:9.

From Ephesus the gospel spread abroad, Acts 19:26, Paul knew that Timothy was up to the task.

  • 1 Timothy 4:12-16

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians, Ministers

Today as we look at the charge that Paul gave to Timothy we're going to explore seven habits of a highly effective minister. We, as Christians, are to be minister. So in this passage, as we see the word minister we can replace that with minister.

  1. Model Christian Morality, vs. 12
    • Our word - public and private (and social media;) speech and wiritng
    • Our conduct - behave thyself well; actions
    • Our love, love of God and all good men, show that this is the princple and motive of all thy conduct
    • Our Spirit, spiritual mindedness, in spiritual worship, mild meek, forgiving disposition
    • Our faith - provession of Christian faith, at all times and in all tirals who to believers and unbeleiver by your example, how they ought to maintain unshaken ocnfidence in God.
    • Our purity - theere should be nothin in your actions with the other set that would give rise to scandal.
    • All these must be deomnstrated in vererything we do.
    • The greatest message you'll ever pr eache is the way you live your life.
      • 1 Corinthians 4:16
      • 1 Corinthians 11:1
      • Philipppans 3:17
      • Philippians 4:9
    • These godly practices should be desired and practiced by all.
    • These qualities shoudl be develed early in a Christian's life.
  2. Biblical Foundation, vs. 13
    • Devote yourself, verb, GR: proseko, which means to be contiually devoted tot he Word.
    • In the OT and in the early church this was the public reading of hte scrptures read aloud in a gathering.
    • There is nothing wrogn with also indicating that this is also for private reading and meditation.
    • Exhortation - encouragement that helps others to take the right action, Romans 12:8, and also refers to encouragement in comforting and lifting one's spirit, 2 Corinthinas 1:4.
    • Teaching, Matthew 28:20
  3. Using God' given Ability (v. 14)
    • Timothy had received miraculous powers by the laying on of hands.
    • These miraculous age ceased at the end oft he first century, (1 Corhinthians 13:8-12).
    • We do not received anything by the "laying on of hands."
    • By application we learn to use our God given abilities.
    • The parable of the talents, Matthew 25, stresses using what God gives us and not squandering it.
    • What God has given, let us use to His Glory!
      • 1 Corinthians 10:31
  4. Purpose Driven Life, vs. 15
    • We must be entirely committed to Holy living.
    • Our purpose will determine our direction and outcome.
    • Paul was clear about his purpose, (Philippians 1:21).
    • Galatians 2:20, crucified with Christ
    • As food would not dourish without digestion, spiritual food, needs to be appropriated by prayerful meditation.
    • The minister, or Christian, must first be his own scholar before he can teach others.
  5. Let Your Light, vs 15
    • Chrsitianity is not passive mistake bu ta committed determination. Chrsitians mustand strong,
    • Our live bust be
    • 1 Peter 1:13-16
    • 1 Timothy 4:12
    • Not for self glory but for winning of souls.
  6. Dedicated Perseverance, vs. 16
    • We must exercise endurance by examining two great eareasl of life: self and scripture.
    • thsu we will be a pwoerful example as we are seen to encdure.
    • The teachign you share must be in accordance with the life you life or it is all fo rnothing.
    • The live yuou live must be in accordance with the things you teach or that too is meaningless.
    • Hebrews 10:32-37
  7. Clear Goal
    • Salvation is our greatest need, as we cexamin ourselves, endure and thing eternally, our fucus mwill be right.
    • Ministers anre engaged in savign work, which makes a good work.
    • The care of ministers whould be in the firspt place to save themselves, 2 Timothy 4:16 "...
    • We as a collective body are ministers to Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Odessa, Holden, Higginsvilles, Bates City, ... We are ministers. Look for opportunity to serve
    • 2 Peter 1:10, make sure your calling is sure first, then you can save someone else.
    • Ministers in preaching should aim at the salveation of those whtat hear them, next to the savlation of their own souls.
    • The best way to answer both these ends it totake heed to self.

Are you a faithful Christian in Your own walk? If you do not walk as you should, yet you beleive tthat Jesus died for you, then today is your opportunity to walk with Him.

If you have questions about how to walk a faithful life with Christ, please contact us. 


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