The Marks of Discipleship, Part 2

Pauls’ Second Epistle to Timothy was written from a Roman prison cell just before Paul’s execution in AD 67.  Timothy had been pastoring the church in Ephesus for four years, and it had been almost that long since he received Paul’s first letter.

Paul wrote to encourage the young pastor — in the face of difficulties and trials — to continue in the things he had learned, drawing on the rich heritage of faith that had been passed down to him, not just from Paul but also from his mother and grandmother.

The letter deals with the topics of suffering, truth, and godliness. In many ways it was written like a “state of the church” address, updating Timothy on the condition of their acquaintances so that the young pastor could carry on after Paul’s departure.

This is the second of a 2-part sermon series (we went through 1 Timothy earlier this year).  Through the instructions given to a young church leader we will reflect on — especially amidst the difficult times we are in — how to develop the marks of authentic Christian discipleship.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:9-22
Date: 2021-11-14

2 Timothy 4:9-22 (NIV)

Personal Remarks

Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Date: 2021-11-07

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV)

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.

 

Speaker: Josephine Kwong
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Date: 2021-10-31

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV)

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

 

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1-17
Date: 2021-10-24

2 Timothy 3:1-17 (NIV)

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Speaker: Guest
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-26
Date: 2021-10-17

2 Timothy 2:14-26 (NIV)

Dealing With False Teachers

Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”