This Thursday night we’ll be digging into 2 Timothy 2:14-19. The message is simple: don’t be a negative , be a positive.
Paul explains to Timothy that he should avoid “quarrelling about words” and “irreverent babble”. He then instructs his disciple to be a “good worker approved by God”. Within the church there are a ton of people who are either a blessing or a burden. These people can be classified as positives or negatives.
Here are some examples of negatives and positives:
• Always want to fight over theology…
• Or never stand up for anything
• Are always critical of other ministries, churches, preachers
• Are always buying Christian self-help books and following them as if they were the Word of God… then trying to teach others as if they are expects
• Seeking evidences of depravity in others instead of evidences of God’s grace in others
• Talk about people, not to them
o Talk about the gospel and their heart
o Avoid endless arguments
o Pray for others instead of criticizing and gossiping
o Confront sin seen in others to their face
o Look for evidences of God’s grace in others instead of evidences of their depravity
o Humbly and firmly defend and teach the gospel
o Bring the (LR) discussions back to the gospel using scripture
o Pursue a Paul in their life so that they may be taught sound doctrine
o Pursue a Timothy to disciple
The burning questions:
Am I a negative or a positive?
Is this a “religious” message?
How is Jesus the answer?
How can he transform me into a positive missionary, servant (not sevant), learner, brother/sister?
See ya’ll Thursday