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The Pattern 2 Timothy 1:13-18 NLT 13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Hold to the pattern. What’s the pattern? It depends on what you’re talking about. There is a pattern for almost anything and everything. ILL.- For example, Pattern in Franchising Business, in factories to make it faster God’s Word gives us pattern for life which we must adhere to if we would see life. That is, if we would see the best life here and now and the life in the next. PROP.- The pattern that Paul refers to is sound teaching but it includes several thoughts. 1- Keep the teaching 2- Guard the deposit 3- Show the mercy I. KEEP THE TEACHING 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. NLT Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Keep the sound teaching, the solid stuff based on God’s Word. Mom was figuring, balancing her checkbook the old fashioned way by adding up a long list of numbers. DO PEOPLE DO THAT ANY MORE? Don’t we have calculators for this? Why bother doing it the old fashioned way? Mother said she did it that way because she said it was good for her mind. It exercised her brain. And when it comes to some things, the old way may well be the best way!!! Amen? ILL.- For example, no one can beat the old fashion gospel about Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world! And it’s hard to beat old fashioned preaching of God’s Word, but today, we’ve got a new breed of preachers with new ideas and new ways of preaching. Some use power point presentations extensively. Some use little or no scripture in their sermons. Some preachers today say little about sin, death and hell. II Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” We need to correctly handle the word of truth, which means we need to study and know the Book in order to please God and keep on track in life! 13What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. We need to hold strongly to the sound teaching of God’s Word, because it alone will lead people to faith in Christ who can save them! II. GUARD THE DEPOSIT 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. See the balance everytime we withdraw money… Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. “The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Bob was saying that we needed to be dead to self and alive to Christ. He was saying that we should put away “self-living” for Christlike living. And he was right! Brothers and sisters, every time we receive something from God, especially, something spiritual, we should guard it with our lives, treasure it, and deposit in our hearts and minds so that it will bless us and others in time. 14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 15You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. Why would Paul mention these two characters? If they deserted Paul they may well have deserted Christ and the faith. And that’s what happens to people when they don’t guard the good teaching of God’s Word and deposit in their hearts and minds! WE MUST BEWARE OF DESERTING CHRIST! At all costs, we must remain faithful to Christ! We must do whatever it takes to stay true to Him! God’s pattern and plan is for us to stay with Him! III. SHOW THE MERCY 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. May the Lord show mercy. How does the Lord do this? He does it through us! Mercy. Mercy acts. Mercy demonstrates kindness, care, compassion. But it seems like we are living in a generation of little mercy or “no mercy.” Many people show “no mercy” to others in any way, shape or form. Regardless of how the world does or acts, we are supposed to act with mercy toward others. That’s God’s pattern for our lives! Matthew 9:13 “But go and learn what this means: ’I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Jesus wants us to show mercy to all people and especially, those whom we consider “sinners.” After all, has He not done this for “us” sinners? Showing mercy is greater than making a sacrificial offering. God desires mercy more than legalistic observance. ILL.- Someone said: Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar. It’s easy to be nice, show mercy to the rich, the powerful, the famous but what about to the common man or even more so, to the poor, the lost, the sinner? Could it be that God shows mercy today through us? I think He does and we need to be His instruments of mercy. That’s His pattern or will for our lives. CONCLUSION--------------------------- NLT 13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. We must hold to the pattern that God gives us in His Word. Whatever He says in His Word is the right thing to do. WE MUST HOLD TO HIS PATTERN OF LIVING!
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