Unashamed Courage in the Gospel - Lehi
THINK ABOUT IT: People share WHAT they love with WHO they love.
2 Timothy 2:2-3 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.
Series Thesis: The difference between the DEPENDABLE and the DESERTER isn’t their circumstances, it’s their COURAGE.
2 Timothy 1:1-7 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Key Truth #1: Unashamed courage doesn’t lead me to get LOUD—it leads me to give LOVE.
RELIGION: Bad news about what you must do.
GOSPEL: Good news about what Jesus Christ has done.
2 Timothy 1:8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
Key Truth #2: Unashamed courage means that I would rather SUFFER than allow the Gospel to SUFFER.
Note: Christians then were challenged with PAIN. Christians today are challenged with PLEASURE.
2 Timothy 1:9-12 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
Key Truth #3: Grace SECURES my standing with Christ so that I’m able to STAND for Christ.
- Read 2 Timothy 1 together. What stands out to you in this chapter?
- Reread 2 Timothy 1:5-6. Timothy stood on the shoulders of his mom and grandmother. Whose shoulders do you stand on?
- Think about all the decisions you make throughout the day. What percentage is influenced by comfort and convenience?
- In the message we said that Christians then were challenged with pain, Christians now are challenged with pleasure. What does this mean? What is the key to knowing how to say, “No” to yourself?
- How would you explain the difference between religion and the Gospel?