Get Ready - Draper
THINK ABOUT IT: Whenever we are UNDERPREPARED we can be OVERWHELMED.
TODAY’S BIG QUESTION: How do you prepare to be a person of Gospel influence?
2 Timothy 3:10-14 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
ANSWER #1: Hold fast to the PEOPLE of God.
OBSERVATION: To get through life’s CHALLENGES you need spiritual friends who will CHALLENGE you.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
ANSWER #2: Hold fast to the WORD of God.
OBSERVATION: The Bible is INSPIRED not just inspiring.
2 Timothy 4:1-4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
ANSWER #3: Hold fast to the WORK of God.
No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do. -Paul David Tripp
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
OBSERVATION: There is a way to preach that isn’t PREACHY.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
GOSPEL TRUTH: The best Gospel PREPARATION is Gospel TRANSFORMATION.
- Can you think of a time in which you were unprepared for the task at hand? What happened?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. How does God’s word prepare people? Has there ever been a time where you saw God’s word impact you personally?
- Read 2 Timothy 4:1-4 & the quote by Paul David Tripp. In the message we talked about preaching the Gospel to yourself. In your own words what does this mean? Has there ever been a time where you had to do this?
- Have you ever had someone get preachy with you?
- Look over the 3 ways that you can prepare to be a person of Gospel influence. Which one of them is most challenging for you? Which one could be a meaningful next step for you?