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: 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.”

Speaker: Josephine Kwong
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Date: 2021-10-10

2 Timothy 2:1-13 (NIV)

The Appeal Renewed

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 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. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6-18
Date: 2021-10-03

2 Timothy 1:6-18 (NIV)

Appeal for Loyalty to Paul and the Gospel

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.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-5
Date: 2021-09-26

2 Timothy 1:1-5 (NIV)

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.