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Be Loyal    2 Tim. 1:3-18    April 14, 2013


Introduction

       The concept of loyalty is important to me. My commitment to Christ began over 50 years ago. I have been married for over 50 years. I have friends who have been good friends for over 50 years. The quality of life relates to the desire to Be Loyal.


1.   Be Loyal . . Remember Your Spiritual Heritage. 1:3-8

       A.   Remember Your Spiritual Heritage . . Thanking God for the Remembrances. 1:3-4

3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my forefathers did, when I constantly remember you

       in my prayers night and day. 4 Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy,

 

       B.   Remember Your Spiritual Heritage . . Through the Laying on of Hands. 1.5-6

5 clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice,

       and that I am convinced is in you also.

       6 Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.

 

       C.   Remember Your Spiritual Heritage and the . . Testimony about God or Paul. 1.7-8

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

       8 So don't be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for

       the gospel, relying on the power of God,

 

We enjoy a spiritual heritage because of those who led us to Christ and set an example of godliness. We can be very thankful for the church that nurtured us in Christ. The testimonies we heard as several Christian leaders helped to set an example we could follow. My friends of 50 years and I, on many occasions, express appreciation for our families and our home church and the godly and loyal leadership we learned so many doctrinal truths from. I can also thank some fine deacons for their patience with me as I learned to understand more about Baptist doctrine. I pastored for 10 years before I went to seminary and have some great memories from those years.


2.   Be Loyal . . Rehearse the Greatness of Salvation. 1:9-10

       A.   Rehearse the Greatness of Salvation . . According to God’s Grace. 1:9

9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

 

       B.   Rehearse the Greatness of Salvation through the . . Appearing of Christ Jesus. 1:10

       10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished

       death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.


       We rejoice to know the greatness of our salvation and that it is a matter of God’s grace. We know it is not a matter of works. God arranged it before time began in His own purpose and provision of grace. How is it we can enjoy salvation in the appearance of Christ? It is because He appeared through a virgin birth, lived as the sinless Child of God, lived a sinless life, died as the perfect sacrifice for sin, and gives all who call on Him the gift of salvation. As we rehearse those truths in our mind we receive more challenges to Be Loyal.


3.   Be Loyal . . Relate to Those who are Unashamed. 1:11-15

       A.   Relate to Those who are Unashamed . . Guarded by Jesus. 1:11-12

11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher, 12 and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

 

       B.   Relate to Those who are Unashamed . . Guarded by the Holy Spirit. 1:13-15

       13 Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in

       Christ Jesus.

       14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you.

       15 This you know: all those in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.


       As we live the Christian life we are encouraged and challenged to be more dedicated by those who give an unashamed testimony. They know their life is guarded by the Lord Jesus Christ. We receive a challenge to hold on to the pattern of sound teaching knowing we have been given the Holy Spirit to reminds us we are also guarded by the Holy Spirit who points out to us the other Christians and encourages us to hold them high who have suffered for Christ such as Paul.


4.   Be Loyal . . Refreshed by Those who are Unashamed. 1:16-18

       A.   Refreshed by Those who are Unashamed and . . Granted Mercy from the Lord. 1:16

       16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not

       ashamed of my chains.

 

       B.   Refreshed by Those who are Unashamed and . . Gaining Mercy from the Lord. 1:17-18

       17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me. 18 May the Lord

       grant that he obtain mercy from the Lord on that day. And you know how much he ministered at Ephesus.


       How does a person become unashamed of the punishment and of the suffering some Christians have endured for the cause of Christ? Paul prayed for Onesiphorus and these kind of people that the Lord would grant them more mercy. He further requested they would gain in the mercy of the Lord toward the final day. Then Paul called attention to how much Onesiphorus ministered in Ephesus. Paul helps us to believe in and try to Be Loyal. Amen? Amen!