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   Mission Accomplished?
   Luke 9:23–24; 24:46–48; Acts 20:17–27; 28:17–31; 2 Timothy 4:6–8
Sunday Morning Service,  October 11, 2015
We are Jesus’ witnesses, called to carry forth his mission which he left for his followers (Luke 24:48). But how do we know when this mission is accomplished? We find an answer to this question when we look closely at Paul’s own reflection upon his ministry and service for Christ.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 4
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 30, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 3
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 23, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 2
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 16, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 1
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 9, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   What Keeps Missionaries Going?
   2 Timothy 4:6-8
Sunday Morning Service,  February 17, 2013
 
Next year we complete 50 years as missionaries to Brazil under Baptist Mid-Missions. We have started a dozen self-supporting, self-propagating Brazilian churches. BMM statistics state that only 2% of their missionaries over the years have completed 40 years on their fields. What has kept us going? The same things that will keep you serving God till He returns! I. The Call of God to a lifetime of service. II. The Blessings of God on the field. III. The Promises of God's Rewards. Let's "Keep on Keeping on!"

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   Christ's Call to Discipleship
   John 6:66, John 13:35; 15:8; Matthew 12:49-50; 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2
Sunday School,  June 17, 2012
The word "disciple" refers to a learner or pupil. It is used 238 times in the Gospels and another 28 times in the book of Acts. It is a word greatly misunderstood because of those who tend to make it mean whatever they want it to mean. Jesus assumed we would be sharing our faith with others (Matthew 28:19). In our faithfulness to this task, He has asked us to MAKE DISCIPLES. It is our responsibility to take that which the Lord has given to us and to share it with others, that they also would become disciples (II Timothy 2:2). One of the greatest aspects of being a disciple is to be with Christ and to become like our Master (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:5). This is the first and most important step to be used of God for His glory.

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   Observing Philemon
   Philemon, Isaiah 1:18, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Corinthians 3; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Sunday School,  November 27, 2011
In this study, we will look closely at the person of Philemon. What kind of Christian was he? Is it important that we know his characteristics? Should we as Christians today imitate him. The Apostle Paul made it clear that we could imitate him, as he was a follower of Christ (I Corinthians 11:1). We can learn much as to how we should follow Christ by studying the lives of His servants (Ephesians 5:1).

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   Remember
   2 Timothy 3:10-17
Sunday Morning Service,  October 30, 2011
 
How can we survive as Christians in this increasingly wicked world? Timothy was facing this same dilemna thousands of years ago. Paul provided Timothy with the answer . . . remember. Remember what? Remember the Word of God is sufficient. In this message we will examine the Purity, Profitability and Purpose of the Word of God.

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   The Christian Minister's Suffering
   2 Timothy 2:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  January 30, 2011
 
As Christians, we are all part of the cause of Christ. In pursuit of the interests of that cause, we cannot avoid suffering. We must focus on the task, discipline ourselves, and toil in the work of the Lord. However, most importanly, we must rembember the reason for which we suffer. We must not forget the cause - Christ crucified, risen, coming again to reign.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Inspiration
   2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday School,  January 9, 2011
That “all Scripture is breathed out by God” teaches us that Scripture is a God-produced book. Ultimately, God produced the Bible, though He used men to write it. This lesson explores the doctrine of inspiration as taught in Scripture.

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   The Preaching of the Word and Its Place in Christian Worship – Part 2
   2 Timothy 4:1-5
Sunday School,  August 8, 2010
Preaching has fallen on hard times, no longer valued in the Christian church the way it once was. Preaching has been replaced or marginalized by other means of communication. Or it has been augmented with other attractions because it is deemed too weak to stand on its own merits. Nevertheless, the preaching of the Word of God is ordained by the Lord for His church, and the Lord still blesses what He has ordained. It is not up to us to decide what is 'effective' or 'relevant'; the church has been commissioned by the Lord to "Preach the Word" (2 Tim. 4:1-5). In these two sessions, we will look at the preaching of the Word as a vital component for Christian worship, demonstrating that preaching is indispensable for the New Testament church. We will focus on three main areas: the precedent for preaching, the activity of preaching itself, and the necessity of preaching in Christian worship.

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   The Preaching of the Word and Its Place in Christian Worship – Part 1
   2 Timothy 4:1-5
Sunday School,  August 1, 2010
Preaching has fallen on hard times, no longer valued in the Christian church the way it once was. Preaching has been replaced or marginalized by other means of communication. Or it has been augmented with other attractions because it is deemed too weak to stand on its own merits. Nevertheless, the preaching of the Word of God is ordained by the Lord for His church, and the Lord still blesses what He has ordained. It is not up to us to decide what is 'effective' or 'relevant'; the church has been commissioned by the Lord to "Preach the Word" (2 Tim. 4:1-5). In these two sessions, we will look at the preaching of the Word as a vital component for Christian worship, demonstrating that preaching is indispensable for the New Testament church. We will focus on three main areas: the precedent for preaching, the activity of preaching itself, and the necessity of preaching in Christian worship.

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   2 Clement and Early Christian Sermons
   2 Timothy 4:1-2
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 7, 2010
2 Clement shows us the importance of sermons in the early church. Though the author wrongly emphasizes works as a way of earning God's favor, his (at best) careless call for perseverance may have been the result of profound sin among the congregants. This lesson reminds us the promise of God's acceptance only on the righteousness of Christ. We also look at some other early Christian sermons by Clement of Alexandria and Melito of Sardis.

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   Sez Who? Our Authority for Worship in the Church
   2 Timothy 3:16-17
Sunday School,  May 23, 2010
Last week we looked at a philosophy of worship which suggested that there is a right and a wrong way to worship God. This raises the question, "Who is to say what is right or wrong in worship?" This session will suggest a biblical process of determining, through channels of proper authority, how we make decisions about our worship.

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   Thank God for Godly Mothers
   2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17
Sunday Morning Service,  May 11, 2008
 
Timothy's mother, Eunice, provides us with a biblical example of a godly mother. She had a genuine faith, influenced her son toward godly living, and instructed him from the Word of God. God give us mothers like Eunice.

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   Lessons from a Godly Mother
   2 Timothy 1:1-5; 3:14-15
Sunday Afternoon Service,  May 13, 2007
 
We learn much in Scripture regarding the men God chose to use. Timothy was one of those men. We learn of his close relationship to Paul as Paul's "beloved son." We learn of Timothy's service to the Lord from Paul's commendation in Philippians 2:19-22. However, we gain additional insight into Timothy's life that we don't learn about many other men in the Bible. Scripture gives us a look into the life of his godly mother, Eunice.

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   Being a Good Soldier
   2 Timothy 2:1-4
Sunday Afternoon Service,  July 30, 2006
 


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   Jesus' Ministry to His Servants
   2 Timothy 4:16-18
Sunday Morning Service,  November 13, 2005
 
In his final testimony, Paul recounts what the Lord Jesus did and is doing for him because he is His servant. His words are a tremendous encouragement to us as believers who would faithfully render service to Christ, for they teach us that Jesus ministers to His servants in at least two assuring ways.

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   The Abandoned Apostle
   2 Timothy 4:9-16
Sunday Morning Service,  October 30, 2005
 
As Paul suffers in a Roman prison, awaiting his trial, he reflects on those who have forsaken him. We should take note of those who had formerly stood by Paul and recognize the reasons for their departures, lest we also become tempted to abandon our Lord or His service.

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   The Triumphant Life
   2 Timothy 4:6-8
Sunday Morning Service,  October 23, 2005
 
At the end of his life, even facing Roman execution, Paul is able to sound a note of triumph. If we as believers in Christ wish to live the triumphant life, we must have Paul's perspective in three crucial areas.

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   The Urgency of the Word
   2 Timothy 4:1-4
Sunday Morning Service,  October 16, 2005
 
Paul presses upon Timothy the urgency of his mission to proclaim the Word of God. The critical importance of the ministry of the Word is emphasized in this passage in two ways.

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   The Sufficiency of the Word
   2 Timothy 3:16-17
Sunday Morning Service,  October 9, 2005
 
Is the Word of God enough for us? In this text, the apostle answers emphatically, "Yes!" as he declares three magnificent qualities of the Word of God.

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   The Sufficiency of the Word
   2 Timothy 3:16-17
Sunday Morning Service,  September 25, 2005
 
The reason the holy Scriptures are able to make one "wise for salvation" (2 Timothy 3:15) is that they are sufficient to meet every need. Paul makes this sufficiency evident by declaring three magnificent qualities of the Word of God.

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   The Efficacy of the Word
   2 Timothy 3:14-15
Sunday Morning Service,  September 18, 2005
 
The antidote to false doctrine is always the true Word of God. Therefore, having warned Timothy of the dangerous nature of the false teachers (2:14-3:13), Paul now takes time to exalt the supreme Word of God: its efficacy (3:14-15), its sufficiency (3:16-17), and its urgency (4:1-4).

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   Life on Planet Earth - Part 2
   2 Timothy 3:12-13
Sunday Morning Service,  September 11, 2005
 
There have ever been two people groups in the world: those who follow God and those who do not. In these two verses, Paul contrasts the essence of these two groups, challenging us with what it really means to live as a believer in Christ.

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   Life on Planet Earth - Part 1
   2 Timothy 3:10-11
Sunday Morning Service,  August 28, 2005
 
There have ever been two people groups in the world: those who follow God and those who do not. In these two verses, Paul contrasts the essence of these two groups, challenging us with what it really means to live as a believer in Christ.

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   Timothy, Disciple of Paul
   2 Timothy 3:10-11
Sunday Morning Service,  August 14, 2005
 


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   The Dangerous Peril of the Church - Part 2
   2 Timothy 3:6-9
Sunday Morning Service,  July 31, 2005
 


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   The Dangerous Peril of the Church - Part 1
   2 Timothy 3:1-5
Sunday Morning Service,  July 24, 2005
 
Paul tells Timothy that he is witnessing in the Ephesian church the perilous times that will characterize the "last days." What is this dangerous peril which threatens the church? None other than an infiltration of those who manifest a combination of two deadly character traits which will kill the true church:

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   The Temperament of the Lord's Servant
   2 Timothy 2:24-26
Sunday Morning Service,  July 10, 2005
 
In contrast to the ill-behavior of his opponents at Ephesus, Paul explains to Timothy the necessary disposition of the Lord's servants. This text brings to our attention three important realizations that temper our ministry as servants of the Lord.

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   The Qualities of an Honorable Vessel
   2 Timothy 2:20-23
Sunday Morning Service,  June 26, 2005
 
In this text, Paul elaborates on the second inscription of verse 19, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Using the analogy of honorable and dishonorable vessels, he challenges God's servants to be the honorable kind, cleansed from iniquity. Cleansed vessels, Paul tells us, are marked by three distinct qualities which delight the heart of our Master:

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   Who Belongs to the Father?
   2 Timothy 2:19
Sunday Morning Service,  June 19, 2005
 
Lest Timothy become discouraged that certain members of the Ephesian church have wandered away from the faith, Paul reminds him that the foundation of the church-that solid base of those who genuinely know and love the Father-is firm and secure. Why is Paul so certain? The "seal" which the Father has placed upon His own foundation offers two divine criteria to determine who belong to Him.

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   What Drives our Ministry?
   2 Timothy 2:14-18
Sunday Morning Service,  June 12, 2005
 


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   Remember Jesus Christ
   2 Timothy 2:8
Sunday Morning Service,  June 5, 2005
 


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   Why Suffer?
   2 Timothy 2:8-13
Sunday Morning Service,  May 29, 2005
 


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   Passing the Torch of Truth
   2 Timothy 2:2
Sunday Morning Service,  May 15, 2005
 


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