A young preacher once complained to Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous Baptist preacher, that he did not have as big a church as he deserved. “How many do you preach to?” Spurgeon asked. “Oh about 100,” the man replied. Solemnly Spurgeon said, “That will … More
No God-directed ministry is small or unimportant. We do not measure the fulfillment of a ministry only on the basis of statistics, or on what people see. To be “watchful and endure afflictions” (v. 5) means to keep cool when the circumstances of life are pressing in on you. It is important to not react quickly. In any work or ministry that you undertake, keeping your head makes you alert to the temptation of being rattled by pressure, and vigilant when facing heavy responsibility. “Do the work of an evangelist” (v. 5) tells Timothy that all of his ministry must have soul-winning at its heart.
We find Paul looking in three different directions: (v. 6-8)
If I was to die today would I be able to say the words in this passage with all honesty? If not, what areas do I need to work on?
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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II Timothy 1:1-7Timothy’s Faith and Heritage
II Timothy 1:8-12Courageous and Shameless
II Timothy 1:13-18Loyalty to the Faith
II Timothy 2:1-7The Goal of the Soldier, Athlete and Farmer
II Timothy 2:8-14Things We Need to Remember About Christ
II Timothy 2:15-19Approved and Disapproved Workers
II Timothy 2:20-26Separate Yourself from False Teachers
II Timothy 3:1-7Turn Away from the False
II Timothy 3:8-12An Example from Paul’s Life
II Timothy 3:13-17The Value of The Scriptures
II Timothy 4:1-4Preach the Word
II Timothy 4:5-8Fulfill Your Ministry with Excellence
II Timothy 4:9-15The Abandoned Apostle
II Timothy 4:16-22The Importance of Getting Others Involved with You