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Be Persistent To The End      2 Tim. 4:1-18      May 05, 2013


Introduction

Today it seems many people can find almost any excuse to not be persistent. Paul did not have that kind of a reputation and encourages us to Be Persistent To The End!

 

1.    Persistent To The End . . Keep On Proclaiming. v 1-4

       A.   Proclaiming the Word . . Convenient Or Not. v 1-2

       1 Before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His

       kingdom, I solemnly charge you:

       2 proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great

       patience and teaching.

 

       B.   Proclaiming the Word . . Consistently Faithful To The Word. v 3-4

3 For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will

       accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.

       4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.


       We receive encouragement to be consistent in proclaiming the message of Christ whether it is convenient or not. If we have patience when we proclaim the word it will guide us to put our faith in the Lord and have patience in His way of working. We need to proclaim consistently. If we are consistent some people will know that and try to avoid us rather than hear us out but then when the Holy Spirit really speaks to them they will want to talk.


 

2.    Persistent To The End . . Keeping the Faith. v 5-8

       A.   Keeping the Faith . . Evangelistically. v 5-6

5 But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill

       your ministry.

       6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close.

 

       B.   Keeping the Faith . . Excitedly. v 7-8

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

       8 In the future, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge,

       will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.


       If we will be persistent in keeping the faith we will be excitedly evangelistic. Paul talked about his life being poured out as a drink offering as he actually gave his life in an evangelistic ministry for our Lord. My home church and pastor preached about evangelism and shared Jesus many times. He took me with him at times and I asked him to make visits with me on a few occasions as I taught a class with some lost boys. It was always a joy to see someone come forward in church and know I was used with others by the Lord as this person came to Christ. In my opinion there is not much if anything more exciting than seeing a person come to Christ.


 

3.    Persistent To The End . . Keep On Helping. v 9-15

       A.   Keep On Helping . . Encourage Others To Help. v 9-11

       9 Make every effort to come to me soon,

       10 for Demas has deserted me, because he loved this present world, and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens

       has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

       11 Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you, for he is useful to me in the ministry.

 

       B.   Keep On Helping . . Especially Bring the Parchments. v 12-13

       12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

       13 When you come, bring the cloak I left in Troas with Carpus, as well as the scrolls, especially the

       parchments.

 

       C.   Keep On Helping . . Enduring Opposition. v 14-15

       14 Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works.

       15 Watch out for him yourself, because he strongly opposed our words.


       If we keep on helping we will want to encourage others in the faith. Some like Demas, had deserted Paul and he wanted to encourage others to come help in the work. He encouraged Luke and Mark as he wanted them to serve the Lord with him. I believe Mark was thrilled to be invited by Paul because he left Paul earlier. Paul specifically wanted some parchments and a cloak brought to him. If that were me he was asking I would be pleased he had faith in me. Have you ever faced opposition like Paul got from Alexander? Paul told those coming to him to watch out for him.

 

4.    Persistent To The End . . Keep On Trusting. v 16-18

16 At my first defense, no one came to my assistance, but everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them.

17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me, and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen. HCSB


       If we keep on trusting God to strengthen believers and the fact we are going to glory someday it makes it a little easier to be persistent. Paul tells the sad story of one occasion no one stood with him but the Lord. Of course we know that is enough but it is nice when your fellow believers stand with you. Paul’s confidence remained strong in the Lord and his heavenly home and said a loud Glory! He challenges all of us to Be Persistent To The End . Amen? Amen!