Perseverance #2

Hey!  I’m back this week with perseverance #2 from about a year ago.  Enjoy!

2 Timothy 1:1-7- Toothpaste and Fire

Perseverance- to endure

—- You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.  (Mark 13:13)

—- They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us, but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. (1 John 2:19)

—- Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, (James 1:2)

James says that God uses trials to teach us perseverance, the ability to remain sturdy under pressure.

If God can get this one thing into your life, then he can give you everything else.

—- knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  (James 1:3)

Background info on the book of 2 Timothy:
Written between 65 and 67 A.D.
It was the last book written by the Apostle Paul
Paul was in his mid 60s
Timothy, Paul’s protégé, was the recipient of this letter
Timothy was a seasoned pastor, he was discouraged and afraid, living in defeat.
It was written during the Roman persecution under Emporer Nero.
Paul was awaiting execution in Rome.

—- I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which is the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Four Reasons to Persevere:
1. We have an awesome future

– There are three attributes of God that every believer should understand:
Grace- Unmerited favor, we didn’t do anything to earn it.
Mercy- Not giving you what you do deserve.
Peace- Calm assurance that what God’s doing is right (emotion)
— Philippians calls it the peace that surpasses all understanding.

2. We persevere because we have good friends.

Words of Wisdom:  True friends are willing to show compassion, even if it hurts them.

3. We have a sincere faith.

What causes the fire in our hearts to die down?
1. Unconfessed sin
2. Independence

How can I kindle it afresh?
1. Get along with God today.
2. Ask God to bring wind to what has grieved him.

4. We have nothing to fear

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-Chris

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Perseverance #1

Hey guys, so I picked up my pre-ordered copy of Madden 09 tonight at midnight and I’m stoked!  I saw Brian Sheehan there, and chatted with him a bit.  (Hope you’re enjoying your game Brian)

So tonight I am posting the first set of notes I have from Pastor Phill’s perseverance series.  I know it’s technically Tuesday again, but hey, at least I’m posting!

2 Timothy 2:20-26 – The Majors

Words of Wisdom:  Don’t wrangle about words

Four main principles to perseverance:

1. Teacher Principle- transfer what you know
2. Soldier Principle- focus on the mission
3. Athlete Principle- play by the rules
4. Farmer Principle- feed yourself first

Words of Wisdom:  Refuse foolish and ignorant speculations

Three point test- “Is this worth the argument?”

1. Is this person saved?
—- But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.  (1 Corinthians 2:14)
—- for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.  (James 1:20)

2. Teachable or Unteachable? (Check “God’s Will” to see if someone is teachable)
—- Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and tear you to pieces.  (Matthew 7:6)

Words of Wisdom:  A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

3. Is the problem a major problem or a minor problem?
Major problems are objections to the following truths:

1. One Body- One gets into heaven by repentance and faith.
2. One Spirit- The Spirit is an equal part of the trinity.
3. One Hope- That Christ is coming back.
4. One Lord- That God is the one Lord, and creator of everything.
5. One Faith- Body of Truth, Word of God.
6. One Baptism- Believer baptism, outward showing of an inward change, GO PUBLIC!
7. One God- Omnipotent, omnipresent, all in all.

Words of Wisdom:  Don’t get sidetracked.

Dare ya

Thanks,

Chris