Wednesday, 7 December 2016

2 Timothy 2:1-26 Guard The Gospel (Be steadfast Minister ) by Ho King Swee dated 23.10.16

Where exactly was Paul when he wrote this last epistle?
Paul was mostly likely in an underground prison according to Bro. King Swee.  It was a small place, fifty and smelly as many prisoners were most probably dumped there to die either from starvation or strangulations by prisoners in there.
1. Paul's Exhortations to be steadfast minister (2:1-13)
(a) To be strong in Christ's grace (2:1)
(b) To disciple others to reproduce (2:2)
(c) To endure suffering (2:3-13)

      a)      To be strong in Christ’s grace (2:1)

b) To disciple others to reproduce (2:2)
2: and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
4         generations for multiplication 

c) To endure suffering (2:3-13)

3: Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
9: the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered.
10: Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory
12: if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;

2. Paul's Exhortations to soundness in Doctrine (2:14-26)

(a) To shun doctrinal error (2:14-19)
(b) To pursue personal purity (2:20-22)
(c) To correct those who oppose (2:23-26)

a) To shun doctrinal error (2:14-19)
v.14…avoid disputing about words,
v15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
v.16 Avoid such godless chatter

The best way to avoid doctrinal error is
to be diligent and discipline in the study of God’s word

(b) To pursue personal purity (2:20-22)

v.22 So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.

(c) To correct those who oppose (2:23-26)

v.25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,


Be strong in the grace of the LORD
Make disciples to multiply
Diligent to study the word of God
Make every effort to save souls

Friday, 2 December 2016

The World, the Apostle Paul, and Word of God in the last days by Dr. Thomas Chung dated 30.10.16

This sermon is based on 2 Timothy 3.
Why has Paul chosen Timothy?  Probably Paul was very closed to Timothy, he called him “my beloved son”.  He was also taught by his grandparents Eunice and Lois in Old Testament.  The reasons are:
           1.       Knew his Bible
           2.       Teachable
           3.       Prepared to take second place
“The day of the Lord” used during old testament time, and “the last day” during new testament starting from Pentecost.
       A)       Human Nature in all its ugliness ( V1-V5)

18 terrible things
          1.       Lovers of self
          2.       Lovers of money
          3.       Proud
          4.       Arrogant
          5.       Abusive
          6.       Disobedient to parents
          7.       Ungrateful
          8.       Unholy
          9.       Inhuman
        10.   Cannot be placated
        11.   Slanderers
        12.   Profligate
        13.   Savage
        14.   Haters of good
        15.   Treacherous
        16.   Reckless
        17.   Swollen with conceit
        18.   Lovers of pleasure than lovers of God

      B)      Warning against the spirit of deception (V6-V9)

Like Jannes and Jambres opposing the truth.

C) Apostle Paul’s testimony of his life live in Christ ( V10-V13)

Leadership by example
Discipleship Jesus style
Principle of mentoring
Like the leadership, discipling and mentoring of Timothy
In what and how he taught
In how he lived
His aim in life
His faith
His patience
His love
His endurance
His suffering

D) Work and spirit ( V14-V15)

Inspiration and energizing in God’s Word
4 areas of our llives
Our mind (teaching)
Our conscience ( conviction)
Our behaviour ( Correction)
Our character ( compleletes, equipped for every good work )