Get Ready - St. George
EQUIPPED: prepared with the necessary items for a specific purpose.
THINK ABOUT IT: Whenever we are UNDERPREPARED we can be OVERPOWERED.
TODAY’S BIG QUESTION: How do you prepare to be a person of Gospel influence?
ANSWER #1: Hold fast to the PEOPLE of God.
2 Timothy 3:10-15 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, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
OBSERVATION: False teachers MANIPULATE truth to manipulate people. Gospel teachers LOVE truth and love people.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 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.
2 Peter 1:20-21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 1:1-2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
OBSERVATION: The Bible is INSPIRED not just inspiring.
ANSWER #3: Hold fast to the WORK of God.
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.
No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do. -Paul David Tripp
OBSERVATION: There is a way to preach that isn’t PREACHY.
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,
GOSPEL TRUTH: The best Gospel PREPARATION is Gospel TRANSFORMATION.
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.
- Can you think of a time in which you were unprepared for the task at hand? What happened?
- Right now we are being influenced by something and influencing someone. What or who is influencing you at this point in your life? Who are you influencing?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. How does God’s word equip people? How have you seen God’s word impact your life?
- Read 2 Timothy 4:1-4. In the message we talked about preaching the Gospel to yourself. In your own words what does this mean?
- What does it look like to preach without being preachy?
- Look over the 3 ways that you can prepare to be a person of Gospel influence. Which one could be a meaningful next step for you?