August 22-Joe–Follow Me

READ: 2 Timothy 3:10

DATE: August 22, 2019

TITLE: Follow Me

HIGHLIGHT:

“But you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love and endurance.”

EXPLAIN:

Paul is making a bold statement of discipleship. He is telling Timothy to imitate him, to do what he did. What a powerful statement of discipleship. Paul so walked with Christ that he could say to Timothy, walk like I do in these seven disciplines, which are:

  1. Imitate my teaching—Teach what I have taught and nothing more nor nothing less
  2. Imitate my conduct—Live as I have lived. My conduct is holy therefore reproduce the conduct that I lived before you.
  3. Imitate my purpose—My purpose was to fulfill the Great Commission by taking the Gospel to the gentiles and to the world. Do likewise Timothy. Have the same purpose of ministry.
  4. Imitate my faith—I lived a life of obedience to the to the Word of God and I was doing His will. Faith is obeying the Word of God and doing God’s will despite what are the circumstances. Timothy in such a manner.
  5. Imitate my patience—One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience. Imitate the godly patience you saw in me.
  6. Imitate my love—I passionately loved God and people. Timothy you do likewise.
  7. Imitate my endurance—I have suffered much for the sake of the Gospel and for the glory of God. You to Timothy be willing to suffer for Christ.

APPLY:

I do not live in the manner that Paul lived. I cannot say to a pastor or church leader to live as I live. My walk with Christ is not at the level of Paul. I need repentance and discipline, so as that I might one day to able to say to those whom I disciple, live, follow, as I lived.

RESPOND:

Lord, forgive me for not living as holy as life as I should have. I have sinned and come short of your mark. Please cause me to live in such a manner that I can say to those whom I disciple, follow my live in these seven practices.

August 22–Joe–Committing To Others

READ: 2 Timothy 2:2

DATE: August 22, 2019

TITLE: Committing To Others

HIGHLIGHT:

“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others.”

EXPLAIN:

Paul is exhorting Timothy towards discipleship. The principles, foundation, of discipleship is found in this verse. These principles are:

  1. Relationship—Where there is no relationship, there is no discipleship. From Paul’s relationship with Timothy, he was able to mature and develop Timothy into the man that God desired for him to be.
  2. Repeating— “What you have heard from me.” Timothy was to reteach what he heard from Paul. Repetition is a practice that leads to spiritual maturity.
  3. Reproducing—“in the presence of many witnesses.” As Paul taught the Gospel to many people, Timothy was to teach it to others. This is living out the practice of “in-flow and out-flow.” Christ poured the Gospel into Paul and Paul poured out the Gospel to other people. Discipleship requires an in-flow and an out-flow of biblical truth.
  4. Responsibility—“commit to.” Paul committed the Gospel to Timothy now Timothy was to commit the Gospel to other people. Paul deposited into Timothy and Timothy was to redeposit the Gospel into other people and hold them accountable. Accountability is a basis of discipleship.
  5. Required Qualification—“to faithful men.” The committing of the Gospel is to people who have proven themselves to be faithful. Timothy was to entrust the truth of the Gospel to men who had proven themselves to be faithful. Men who obeyed the Word and did the will of God.
  6. Reproduction—“who will be able to teach others.” Paul discipled Timothy, Timothy is to disciple faithful men and they are to disciple others. Reproduction.

APPLY:

I am to be able discipling other men. I am also to be able the development of leaders for the church. The direct application of this exhortation is that of leadership production. The church rises and falls on leadership and I am called of God to disciple leaders for His church.

RESPOND:

Lord, please cause me to be faithful to your command, commission and call to disciple others and to develop leaders for your church.

August 21–Joe–The Full Measure

READ: 2 Timothy 1:2

DATE: August 21, 2019

TITLE: The Full Measure

HIGHLIGHT:

“To Timothy, my dearly beloved son, Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord”

EXPLAIN:

For the explain, I will quote Charles Spurgeon commentary of the three graces of God.

“Did you ever notice this one thing about Christian ministers, that they need more mercy than other people. Although everybody needs mercy, ministers need it more than anybody else; as we do, for it we are not faithful, we shall be greater sinners than our hearers, and it needs much grace for us always to be faithful, and much mercy will be required to cover our shortcomings. So, I shall take those three things to myself: grace, mercy and peace. You may have two, grace and peace, but I need mercy more than any of you; so I take it from my Lord’s loving hand, and I will trust, and not be afraid, despite all my shortcomings, and feebleness, and blunders, and mistakes, in the whole of my ministry.”

APPLY:

Because of my many shortcomings, blunders, errors and sins, I need the full mercy, grace and peace of God. If I don’t have the full measure of God’s mercy, I shall be a failure to our Lord. It is through His mercy, grace and peace that I am able to walk as I do.

RESPOND:

Lord, please grant unto me the full measure of your mercy, grace and peace. I need all three in order to walk pleasing unto you and to be the man that you desire for me to be.

August 20–Joe–Pursuing Being A Man Of God

READ: 1 Timothy 6:11

DATE: August 21, 2019

TITLE: Pursuing Being A Man Of God

HIGHLIGHT:

“But you, man of God, flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.”

EXPLAIN:

The term “Man of God” is a reference to timothy as a called, consecrated and commissioned servant of God who has lived a life of godliness. It is a term that is not to be lightly used of a person. Only the Holy Spirit determine if a person is a “Man of God.” The prophets Elijah and Elisha were called “Men of God.” Paul instructs Timothy as a confirmed “Man of God” to flee, run away from the pursuit of the things listed in the preceding verses, which can be summarized a pursuing money and the purchase of things, as a means to find contentment rather than being contented in Christ. A Man of God is to pursue six disciplines, which mirrors the “fruit of the Spirit” as found in Galatians chapter 5. The six characteristics that define a Man of God are:

  1. Righteousness—a life that is not characterized by sin but a life that is set to seek God and His righteousness. An inner life shaped by the Word of God.
  2. Godliness—The pursuit of God. This is a heart that seeks a personal relationship with God that results in living a holy life.
  3. Faith—The obedience to the will of God and a trust in His Word. It is a life of surrender to the will, work, ways and Word of God.
  4. Love—A life of a passionate relationship with God and people. It is a heart set on God and people.
  5. Endurance—A life of patience that is willing to go through whatever God allows, authors or authorizes into our lives. It is a loving endurance, patience, with whatever comes in the Man of God life.
  6. Gentleness—The word humility is synonymous to the terms of meekness or humility. Meekness is power under control, and humility is dependence on God. Therefore, a gentle Man of God will deal and respond to people in both meekness and humility.

APPLY:

Considering Paul’s exhortation unto Timothy, I am to pray and seek God to have these six characteristics, disciplines, to define my life. I am to surrender to whatever God allows into my life in order for me to be conformed, manufactured, into the image of Christ.

RESPOND:

Lord, often my manner of living is not in alignment with these six characteristics. I greatly desire to be a Man of God. Please forgive me for not being that Man of God. I confess my sin of failure to live out these six disciplines that will cause me to reflect these six characteristics. I dependently ask you to mold, make and manufacture me into a Man of God.

August 21–Joe–The Full Measure

READ: 2 Timothy 2:1

DATE: August 21, 2019

TITLE: The Full Measure

HIGHLIGHT:

“To Timothy, my dearly beloved son, Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord”

EXPLAIN:

For the explain, I will quote Charles Spurgeon commentary of the three graces of God.

“Did you ever notice this one thing about Christian ministers, that they need more mercy than other people. Although everybody needs mercy, ministers need it more than anybody else; as we do, for it we are not faithful, we shall be greater sinners than our hearers, and it needs much grace for us always to be faithful, and much mercy will be required to cover our shortcomings. So, I shall take those three things to myself: grace, mercy and peace. You may have two, grace and peace, but I need mercy more than any of you; so I take it from my Lord’s loving hand, and I will trust, and not be afraid, despite all my shortcomings, and feebleness, and blunders, and mistakes, in the whole of my ministry.”

APPLY:

Because of my many shortcomings, blunders, errors and sins, I need the full mercy, grace and peace of God. If I don’t have the full measure of God’s mercy, I shall be a failure to our Lord. It is through His mercy, grace and peace that I am able to walk as I do.

RESPOND:

Lord, please grant unto me the full measure of your mercy, grace and peace. I need all three in order to walk pleasing unto you and to be the man that you desire for me to be.

Stan’s HEAR for 8/21/19 (2 Timothy 2)

2 Timothy 2:23-26

But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, because you know that they breed quarrels. 24 The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, 25 instructing his opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth. 26 Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Explain

We are not to engage in disputes, totally rejecting them. We cannot be any part of a quarrel. We must be gentle with the troublemakers, be patient with them, teaching them calmly. If we do that, the rest is left up to God. He may give them a repentant heart, allowing them to see the truth. They may even come their senses and flee from the devil that is controlling there lives.

Apply

I must never get involved in an argument with brothers and sisters in Christ. I must take the high road of gentleness, patience, and calmly teach them the truth from God’s Word. The results of my actions are left in the hands of God and the troublemakers. I have violated this scripture many, many, times. By violating this command, I took God out of the picture, alienating myself from my brothers and sisters in Christ. What a shame!!!

Respond

Lord, put Your bit in my mouth, jerk my head around toward You, keeping my eyes on You. Spur me in the right direction in all situations, giving You an opportunity to work in these guy’s lives, and mine as well!

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Stan’s HEAR for 8/20/19 (2 Timothy 1)

2 Timothy 1:9

He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Explain

We were chosen, by Jesus, before time began, to be used according to His purpose and grace! Wow!!!

Apply

God chose me, Stan Harmon, before time began, cause He had something that He wanted me to do for Him. A specific purpose for my life! Praise God, I’m doing it as we speak!!!!! Amen!!!

Respond

Why me Lord? Why not me Lord!!! Thank You for choosing me before time began!!! Give me Your strength to accomplish Your will in my life!!! You have chosen each one in our D Group. Amazing!!!!!

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