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Apr 15 Devotion: Being Faithful to the Finish

Being Faithful to the Finish

II Timothy 4:1-8 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Intro.— Good to “start right”-Take step of faith

Good to “finish right”-Takes strong faith

Good to “stay right” – Takes stable faith

3 Encouragements to be Faithful

I. The reason for being Faithful – verses 1-6

    1. God was Faithful “to” Paul – I Corinthians 1:9,10:13

    2. God was Faithful “Toward” Paul – Philippians 4:10-19

    3. God was Faithful “Within” Paul – II Corinthians 12:9

II. The Reality of being Faithful – verse 7

      1. Faithfulness doesn’t come without some “wars”

    2. Faithfulness doesn’t come without some “wounds”

      3. Faithfulness doesn’t come without some “wrongs”

III. The Results of being Faithful – verse 8

      1. Faithfulness will help our Conscience – verse 6

      2. Faithfulness will affect our Children

      3. Faithfulness will impact our Church

      4. Faithfulness will speak to our Companions

      5. Faithfulness will motivate our Comrads

      6. Faithfulness will provide a Crown 

Close- Read II Timothy 4:6-8,16-18

-Bro. Mike Goodson

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