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    Today’s sermon text is from 2 Timothy, chapter 1. It is on page 1189 of the worship Bible. Second Timothy is a letter the apostle Paul wrote to a young Pastor named Timothy. Paul had helped Timothy plant a church, in Ephesus, then Paul went on, and young Timothy was left in charge. The book of Acts records the last time Paul and Timothy, would see each other face to face, and as they left, they cried.
    Acts 20:36–38 NIV
    36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
    Some time after they last saw each other Paul would be thrown into prison, for preaching the Gospel. As he sat in a Roman prison, in miserable conditions he would have struggled with on going pain, from the beatings, and sufferings he had endured for Christ. In spite of those circumstance Paul’s heart was still occupied with love for that Church, and the young pastor Timothy. So Paul wrote him a letter. In prison, it must have even been hard to write, I’m not sure how he did that but he wasn’t seated at a desk. He was probably sitting on a stone floor, leaning against a wall. Paul also knew he would be going home to see Jesus soon. Towards the end of the letter Paul wrote “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.” Paul would soon be martyred by beheading. Most likely in May of A.D. 68. No grave, no tombstone.
    Timothy is young, it seems he has health trouble. The guy who taught Him and appointed Him to this church is in prison awaiting beheading. He is perhaps a little worried, he is timid, and weak. Perhaps in fear of being jailed, tortured and killed. He could use some encouraging. Maybe this is not looking like the Church leadership he had planned.
    Keep these scenes in your mind, as I read the letter. An aging man in pain, about to be killed in a dark, damp prison cell in Rome, he is writing to a worried sickly young Pastor of a struggling church wondering if he will be carried off and killed.
    2 Timothy 1:1–14 NIV
    1 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. 13 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.
    If you were sitting in a first century prison cell, cold, stone, dark-what would you write? Would you talk about the awful conditions? What of you were in pain? What would write? Would it be about the conditions, or the injustice of this situation? Dear Joe, things are really tough here. There are rats in my cell, and they try and steal my food, and the stone floor hurts my back. The guards are awful, and worse yet, I am innocent, I haven’t done anything wrong. I was just trying to tell people about Jesus. Why is God doing this to me? That is probably what I would write.
    Or what would you pray for? I would pray for God to take me out of there. I would pray for some relief, but that is not what Paul’s writes and prays. Instead Paul writes.
    2 Timothy 1:3 NIV
    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.
    Now, zoom out 830 miles to the east to our young Pastor Timothy. Frail, timid, wondering if he would be next, doubts running through his head. He hasn’t seen Paul in years. He knows he is in prison, maybe even he was wondering if he was still alive when the letter showed up. From Paul? He is alive? He runs inside, looks to see if anyone saw the messenger, and shuts the door, and shutters, He lights candles and trembling and excited be begins to unfold it and read and it says- I am constantly remembering you in my prayers, night and day.
    Do suppose tears welled up in eyes? Maybe they were running down his face and dripping onto the parchment, and pooling the ink. Maybe he had to wipe his eyes before he could go on, and he reads
    2 Timothy 1:4 NIV
    4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
    Then a smile half crying half smiling, as he remembers the last time he saw Paul, and is amazed it is almost as if Paul read his mind. The word joy is so typical of Paul, maybe even Timothy shook his head in disbelief, thinking how can Paul think of joy in a time like this? Timothy reads on..
    2 Timothy 1:5 NIV
    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.
    My sweet mother and grandmother, Timothy thinks. Now those were praying women. I would be honored to have their faith Paul, but I am not like them. Those women would walk around the house with their hands in the air saying Praise Jesus. Right! I only wish I had faith like that Paul. I want faith like that but you don’t know me Paul. Those women were bold and courageous,, I am not like that. I doubt, I am shy, I have this health issue. I wish, maybe even some guilt takes over, as he wishes he was stronger. He reads on
    2 Timothy 1:6 NIV
    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.
    Timothy thinks back to when Paul appointed him as Pastor. Those were different times. I had dreams for this church, the spirit of God was fresh, we were embarking on a new mission. I had hopes the church had hopes, Paul you weren’t even in prison, that was a different time, I wish I had that moment back, but things are different now.
    Now when we read this, I want to explain something- Paul would have sent Timothy off to do the work of the gospel, and in that process Paul would have laid his hands on Timothy, and prayed for him. Don’t get the wrong idea here. This wasn’t a secret way to transfer some power from the more powerful Holy man to one less powerful. There wasn’t something magic about Paul. The Gift of God comes from God. The Gift of God is from God not from Paul, Paul prayed Timothy had faith God gave the gift to Timothy. God gives the gifts to the person, through prayer with faith in Jesus Christ. Paul laid hands on Timothy to demonstrate that he authorized him to to preach the gospel. The only power the apostle Paul had is the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him. Like Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians.
    2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
    9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
    It is the power of Christ that dwelled in Paul. It is the power of the Holy Spirit.
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    2 Timothy 1:6 NIV
    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.
    So Timothy fondly remembers that day, and perhaps wishes things were different, but now Timothy had been beaten down by the world, and his ministry, his church, his life didn’t seem to line up with what he thought the power of God should like. Perhaps he felt a little powerless. So Paul needs to remind him that the flame has not gone out. God has not abandoned Him. Things look dark and there is a struggle now, but young Timothy, the Holy Spirit has not left you. The Holy Spirit lives in you. Maybe now it feels like it is gone, but Timothy there is an ember there-- now fan it into flame!
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    2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
    7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
    Because the Spirit, that is the Holy Spirit does not make us timid. SO fan it into flame young Timothy. The Holy Spirit is who gives you power, love and self-discipline. Timothy you need these three things to spread the Gospel. So fan it into flame, and that is what Paul does as he goes on. He fans it into flame.
    2 Timothy 1:8 NIV
    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.
    Join with me Timothy. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t be embarrassed or discouraged. Because you have the Holy Spirit. You have the Gospel. Paul needs to remind Timothy. that the power is not yours , the power is not in your abilities. The power comes from the Gospel. We are reminded of that famous verse in Romans, 1.6
    Romans 1:16 NIV
    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
    Join with me in suffering Timothy for the Gospel because it is the power of God. It is the power that raised Christ from the dead. It is he power that takes a dead heart and makes it alive. It is the power saves a sinner like me, and it is the power will take your weakness, and timidness and give you the ability to suffer for the Gospel, because you Timothy God...
    2 Timothy 1:9–10 NIV
    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.
    I imagine Timothy’s jaw dropping open. maybe the letter even started to fall from his hands and he stared blankly into space, contemplating the possibility that this is far bigger than he thought? What did Paul say? Since the beginning of time? Is this even bigger than time itself, does this go beyond my life?
    See Paul has been carefully fanning into flame that ember that still burned in Timothy. Even though Timothy was maybe weak and timid and discouraged. Even though his mentor and dearly loved friend was in prison, and it looked like the mission was dead, Paul was telling Timothy that the power of God, that resided in Timothy was not there because of something Timothy had done or who He was. No, it was Christ who supplied the power. It was supplied, not because of anything that was in Timothy It due to God’s own purpose and grace. This grace that was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time., and revealed to us when God took on flesh and became man.
    Now Paul has given Timothy a vision, and a mission. There is a bigger picture here. A much bigger picture that you are part of. You, no matter how weak you feel, or how timid you are. You are a part of God’s plan, You are part of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. To preach the power of God unto salvation. And it doesn’t come from you.
    I can see that dawning on Timothy as his heart warmed as the flame started to grow. A bigger picture he thought, wait what was that back at the beginning of the letter? His eyes now race over the letter scanning it back to the beginning , as He remembered Paul said earlier. Yes, there it was in verse 3.
    2 Timothy 1:3 NIV
    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.
    As my ancestors did? The page falls low in hands again while he thinks. Wait a minute, is Paul talking about the faithful jews, like Noah, and Abraham, and Issac and Jacob, and Rahab and Gideon, and David. What do I have to do with them? What about my ancestors? Wait Paul said something about them too? right?
    His eyes race back to the letter again. Scanning down to verse 5..
    2 Timothy 1:5 NIV
    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.
    My Grandmother and mother. They had faith in Jesus a solid faith. Now it is my turn. Yeah I get it now Timothy is thinking. God has a plan, and it doesn’t matter who we are, afraid like me and Gideon, an outsider like Rahab, a colossal sinner like David or even like saints like my grandmother or Mother,, the power of the Gospel does reside in the person but resides in God. It is given by God to us, a gift of God,
    Energized, a smile comes on his faith He picks up the letter, this time with a new vigor fully energized, the flame is fanned, he has a mission a direction and a vision and he turns to see what else Paul has to say.
    2 Timothy 1:11–12 NIV
    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.
    Yeah! Timothy smiles, and nods-that Paul is sure and certain- Paul was appointed an apostle and a herald. Of course there is no shame, because I know whom I believed! I am convinced the Lord Jesus is able to guard my salvation until He returns or I go home.
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    Paul KNOWS the one in whom he believed in. He doesn’t just know of Jesus or about Jesus. He KNOWS Jesus. Just as sure as you and I know our friends and one another. Paul knows the one he has believed in. To be saved you must know Jesus.Churches can inadvertently and unintentionally create a person who thinks they are a Christian, and yet they do not know Jesus.
    There is only one way to eternal life and that is through genuine repentence and faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. When you believe that Jesus is fully God, and fully man and he lived a sinless life, and was crucified for our sins, dead and buried, and three days later he rose to show that death could not hold him, when you really believe that, you are faced with your sin, and you repent. Repentence and faith is how you get to know Jesus.
    It doesn’t matter if your parents knew Jesus or not. Maybe you come from a mother or grandmother that has prayed for you tirelessly, you will not see eternal life unless you know Jesus. Turn to Him. It doesn’t matter if someone laid hands on you or you have been to church your whole life. You must have your own personal faith in Jesus Christ, turn to Him now. It doesn’t matter if you are the first of your ancestors to follow Christ, turn to Jesus now.
    Do you know Jesus? Is this faith your own faith? If you are relying on anything other your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, you will not have eternal life., Turn to Him today and be saved. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will saved. Call on Jesus to forgive you, and ask Him to save you from your sins today.
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    Now. Let me speak to the weak and timid. Let me speak to the discouraged, and the disgruntled, and those whose problems are keeping them from Christ. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins? Have you turned to him with a humble heart? Do you know that you are saved not because of anything you have done, but by the grace of God the Father through the finished work of Jesus Christ. If you have then fan into flame the ember of faith that dwells inside of you. You have been called to life! Your heart of stone has been replaced with a heart of flesh, You know the Lord Jesus. now fan it into flame. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you just as He had dwelled in Paul and Timothy, and Lois and Eunice and David and Rahab, now fan it into flame. You are too weak, you are not too big a sinner, you are to immature that the Lord God cannot use, because the power comes not from you but from Him, now fan it into flame.
    You have been part of God’s plan since the beginning of time and it has reveled through the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ- He has destroyed death, and you now have eternal life-Fan into flame the gift of God. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel by which you have believed and on which you have taken your stand, instead fan into flame the gift of God.
    Put aside the things of the world and turn to Jesus, allow him to remove the shackles of sin that bind you and fan into the gift of God you have been given. Live a holy life knowing that God the Father has called you to His very own purpose and grace and your life is not your own, and one day, one day soon you will be with him in glory.
    In Jesus name, Amen
      • Acts 20:36–38NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:1–14NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:3NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:4NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:5NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:6NIV2011

      • 2 Corinthians 12:9NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:6NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:7NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:8NIV2011

      • Romans 1:16NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:9–10NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:3NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:5NIV2011

      • 2 Timothy 1:11–12NIV2011

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