Guard The Gospel - Lehi
THREAT: something or someone that inflicts pain or causes damage.
2 Timothy 1:14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA: The Gospel is too GOOD to not GUARD.
NOTE: We have to KNOW it to guard it.
TODAY’S KEY QUESTION: How do we guard the Gospel?
2 Timothy 1:13-14 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Answer #1: We guard the Gospel by guarding our WORDS.
2 Timothy 1:15-2:7 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. 2:1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
Answer #2: We equip as many people as possible to be RELIABLE witnesses of God’s grace.
- People who will endure like SOLDIERS. (v.3-4)
- People who will train like ATHLETES. (v.5)
- People who will work like FARMERS.(v.6)
2 Timothy 2:8-13 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Answer #3: We guard the Gospel by guarding the RESURRECTION.
If you were on a jury and heard enough evidence to convince you of someone’s guilt, it wouldn’t make sense to stop short of the final step of convicting him. And for people to accept the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus and to take the final step of testing it experientially would be to miss where the evidence is ultimately pointing. It’s only rational and logical to follow it into the experiential realm. -J.P. Moreland
A Multiplier Mindset: Guarding the Gospel is GOOD for people.
- Read 2 Timothy 1:13-2:13. In your opinion what is the greatest threat to the gospel today? Why?
- Review the 5 points of the Gospel as presented in this message. God Created. God Commanded. Man Rebelled. God Rescues. Man Responds? Which one is most clear in your mind? Which one is most foggy in your mind? Why is it so common for people to pull away from the Gospel and towards religion?
- Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7. Who has been a “Paul” to you? In other words, who has helped you in your walk with Christ toward the goal of being FDFD? What did they do that was the most helpful?
- Read 2 Timothy 2:1-7 again but this look at the qualifications of a “reliable person” of gospel influence. Which do you possess which would you like to possess? Why?