Unashamed Courage in the Gospel - St. George
Series Thesis: The difference between the DEPENDABLE and the DESERTER isn’t their circumstances, it’s their COURAGE.
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.
Fact: It takes courage to say yes to PAIN, and it takes courage to say no to COMFORT.
2 Timothy 1:1-12 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. 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. 9 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.
OBSERVATION #1: Unashamed courage doesn’t lead me to get LOUD—it leads me to give LOVE.
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
OBSERVATION #2: Unashamed courage isn’t fueled by my WILLPOWER—it’s fed by God’s WORD.
2 Timothy 1:6a For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…
2 Timothy 2:1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
OBSERVATION 3: Unashamed courage means that I would rather SUFFER than allow the Gospel to SUFFER.
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: 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?
- Think about all the decisions you make throughout the day. How aware are you of opportunities to live according to the Gospel? What everyday opportunities can you think of right now?
- What is the key to knowing how to say, “No” to yourself?