Persevere Diligently 2 Tim 2:1-15 & 20-21 April 25, 2004
(All Scripture from Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Grace runs throughout the Christian life from beginning to end. It can be argued grace proceeded the Christian life, as God's grace was planned before the foundation of the world. In our individual faith life we persevere through faith. Notice the text as it guides us to persevere diligently.

1.    Persevere Diligently Through . . Grace. v 1-7
    We receive a challenge to be strong in the grace given through Jesus. For this grace to grow it must be shared. Paul encourages this sharing with faithful, available, and teachable men. This shared grace may cause one to suffer for the faith, but that is part of the joy of serving. He uses the serving examples of a soldier, athlete, farmer, and general submission to the Lord. Have you seen the "T" shirt some youth wear that says "no pain no gain" The Christian gains we in America enjoy came because some one suffered for the cause of Christ.

2.    Persevere Diligently Through the . . Gospel. v 8-10
    The grace we enjoy is the gospel. It is a gospel empowered by the resurrection of our Lord, but it is also prophetic as it descended from David. The gospel is not an after thought of God but part of his plan. Paul makes the gospel personal as he calls it his gospel. There is only one gospel but what a joy for each of us to be able to call Christ' gospel my gospel. We enjoy the privileges of the gospel which include the freedom it gives and the friendships it produces. Once you win someone to Christ you have a great friend for life.

3.    Persevere Diligently Through . . Guidance. v 11 - 15
    Once the basics of grace through the gospel have been established we must have further guidance from the sayings of scripture In these sayings tells us of the living fellowship we have in Christ. As Paul guides us he further teaches the importance of a confessional lifestyle. How could any of us deny the Lord and our faith? In weak moments many of us have, but focus on the sayings of verse 13 and the faithfulness of the Lord even when our faith is weak. We are also guided because the Lord has a strategy, and it charges us not to fight over words. Fellowship may well be preserved by the amount and choice of the words we use.

4.    Persevere Diligently Through . . Genuineness. v 20 - 21
    Paul calls attention to a large house having bowls made of wood, earthen ware, gold and
silver. Some of these are for special use and some for more ordinary service. The illustration speaks to our service for the Lord. If you and I genuinely serve the Lord we will serve as what ever kind of utensil He chooses. He prepares us and He performs His work through us. The kind of utensil we are also depends upon purity, and we are instructed to purify ourselves truly diligent perseverance will submit to the Lord. Amen? Amen!

Look Below for A Detailed Outline

1.    Persevere Diligently Through . . Grace. v 1-7

    A.    Through . . Strong Grace. v 1
        1 You, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

    B.    Through . . Shared Grace. v 2
        2 And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful
        men who will be able to teach others also.
            1.    Faithful Men. v 2a
            2.    Available Men. v 2b
            3.    Teachable Men. v 2c

    C.    Through . . Suffering Grace. v 3
        3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

    D.    Through . . Serving Grace. v 4-7
        4 To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday
        life.  5 Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according
        to the rules. 6 It is the hardworking farmer who ought to be the first to get a share of the crops.
        7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
            1.    Serving Illustrated by A . . Solider. v 4
            2.    Serving Illustrated by An . . Athlete. v 5
            3.    Serving Illustrated by A . . Farmer. v 6
            4.    Serving Illustrated by . . Submission. v 7

2.    Persevere Diligently Through the . . Gospel. v 8-10

    A.    Through a . . Powerful Gospel. v 8a
        8 Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,. . . "

    B.    Through the . . Prophetic Gospel. v 8b
        ". . . descended from David,. . ."

    C.    Through the . . Personal Gospel. v 8c
        ". . . according to my gospel.

    D.    Through the . . Privileged Gospel. v 9 - 10
        9 For this I suffer, to the point of being bound like a criminal; but God's message is not bound.
        10 This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which
        is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
            1.     Privilege In the . . Freedom of the Gospel. v 9
                a.    The Gospel is not bound.
            2.    Privilege In the . . Friendship of the Gospel. v 10

3.    Persevere Diligently Through . . Guidance. v 11 - 15

    A.    Through the Guidance of His . . Sayings. v 11 - 13
        1.    A Guidance of Sayings About . . Fellowship. v 11
                  v 11 This saying is trustworthy: For if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
        2.    A Guidance of Sayings About . . Facts of Confession. v 12
                    v 12 if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us;
        3.    A Guidance of Sayings About . . Faithfulness. v 13
                    v 13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
        4.    Through the Guidance of . . Strategy. v 14
                    v 14 Remind them of these things, charging them before God not to fight about words;
                    this is in no way profitable and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
                    a.    A Guidance of . . Profitable Strategy. v 14 a
                    b.    A Guidance of . . Preserving of the Strategy. v 14 b

    B.    Through the Guidance of . . Study. v 15
        15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be
        ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
            1.    A Guidance of . . Diligent Study. v 15a
            2.    A Guidance of . . Disciplined Study. v 15b

4.    Persevere Diligently Through . . Genuineness. v 20 - 21

    A.    Through the Genuineness of being . . Utensils. v 20
        20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver bowls, but also those of wood and
        earthenware, some for special use, some for ordinary.
            1.    God's . . Preparation In Our Lives.  v 20 a
            2.    God's . . Performance In Our Lives. v 20 b

    B.    Through the Genuineness of Being . . Useful. v 21
        21 So if anyone purifies himself from these things, he will be a special instrument, set apart,
        useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
            1.    Sanctified Usefulness. v 21a.
            2.    Serviceable Usefulness. v 21b

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