PERSONAL IMPACT, Week 10, Fan into Flames, 2 Tim 1

WEEK 10, FAN INTO FLAMES, 2 Timothy 1

PAUL SPOKE TO FAN INTO FLAMES

I believe ultimately that the heart of this passage is in this first verse below…

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” (v6)

A call to “fan into flames” the gifts that God gave us to serve       each other.  This is the heart, or core, of what Paul is telling Timothy his “dear son.” 

  • I see here that this chapter starts with a foundational intro, and then 4 kinds of things, or patterns, Paul emphasizes here. I will touch on these briefly and move back to the most intimate to the most eternal.

2 FOUNDATIONS

I. Tell Others About the Life

1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Paul: “Chosen by the will of God,” “Sent out to tell others.”

Timothy: Paul’s “Dear son”. Timothy…“tell others about the life he has promised” (v1)

II. The Pattern of Wholesome Teaching

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. 14 Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.

A.  Paul is Challenging Timothy and Christians throughout the Centuries…hold on the the Pattern!!!

  1. Don’t let Go of the wholesome teaching” you have learned from Paul and has grown in you through your faith and love in Jesus.
  2.   Guard the “Precious truth” that you have been entrusted. Hold on to what God has taught you and showed you in your faith.  We have to guard it from the attacks of the evil ones and their followers.

4 PATTERNS

I. Genuine Faith

First, Thank God for authentic faith, that he provides for us. (vv3–5,7)

3 Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you…7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline

Here’s my paraphrase: Timothy, I believe with all my heart, that your faith, even though it’s rooted in your mother’s and your grandmother’s faith, is “sincere” (anupokritou) — authentic, really yours. You are your own man. You are not mama’s boy. You are not gamma’s boy. Your faith is yours, you can live with powerful courage and confident love!

  1. Paul says, Don’t feel less authentic because of that lineage. My ministry, my service to God, is also from “my ancestors” (v3). I too have been deeply shaped by my lineage.
  2. Don’t Resent this family influence, be thankful!!

If you are wounded, or sorrowful, or timid…”God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity…” (v7).  We do not have a spirit of being scared and living in fear, rather we live with “power, love and self-discipline.”

A. How to Treat Others with Love

  1. Thank God for them – “I thank God for you” (v3a)
  2. Pray for them – “Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” (v3b)
  3. Strive to Be Together – “I long to see you again” (v4)
  4. Continue Strong in Faith and Courage – “I remember your genuine faith” (v5,7)

II. Never be Ashamed

Second, share your faith with power and life (v8)

 8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. (v8)

  1. The Spirit Living in us is Powerful and Life Changing.  We then will never be ashamed” to tell people about Jesus.
  2. Don’t be ashamed of me” I am stuck in Prison and I have been suffering for Christ. 
  3. “Be Ready” to suffer for the Good News, the Message of Christ.

III. Suffering With Confidence

Third, Paul gives himself as a pattern of courageous suffering with confidence in God’s sustaining grace.

11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. 12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.

  1. Timothy, when you speak on behalf of the gospel — as preacher or teacher — you will suffer.
  2. Consider my Life. It has not been easy. But I am not ashamed of the gospel. I am not ashamed of sitting here in prison. And I don’t want you to be ashamed either, son.
  3. The Reason we don’t have to be Ashamed is that, the one who entrusted us with the gospel is powerful (dunatos estin — he is able, he is powerful, verse 12).
  1. He will guard it until we stand before him in judgment. The greatness of his power and the freedom of his grace and his jealousy for the gospel guarantee he will fight for us.
  2. He will guard this deposit. He will cause us to feed the white-hot flame of his own gift, until he calls or until he comes. He makes the flame of his gift depend on our feeding and makes our feeding depend on his grace. Don’t be ashamed, Timothy. Be courageous for the gospel

IV. Free and Sovereign Grace

Fourth, Paul takes Timothy back into eternity to show that this empowering, sustaining, flame-feeding grace is absolutely free and sovereign and not dependent on anything we do

9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.      (vv9–10)

  1. We’re ending where we began. Paul does call Timothy to act: Timothy, keep fanning into a flame God’s gifts in your life — with unashamed courage, speak openly of Christ and to suffer for the gospel. Fan that flame. Feed that fire.
  2. Every time you Preach the Word of Grace to Yourself, and strengthen your heart with blood-bought promises of life and help, look deep into eternity to see why you are doing this.

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life” (v9a)

 

Main point. Paul Spoke to Feed the Flame

“Fan into flames God’s Gift with God’s Word”

“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.” (v6)

  • Jesus Saved Us and Called Us to a Holy Calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus in the the beginning of time, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
  • Listen Carefully. The grace of God that awakened us and sustains us and strengthens us and feeds the flame of God’s gift in us — that grace was given to us.  Given not purchased!!

I. Before the Ages Began

“That was his plan from before the beginning of time.” (v9)

  1. Before the Creation of the World, God planned creation, fall, redemption, Christ’s coming and the cross. He planned it all. And He planned us in it.
  2. Why did He do it that Way? He did it that way so that you would know beyond the shadow of a doubt our salvation, our calling, our triumph over death, our everlasting life is not because of your works — not our legalistic works, and not our works done in righteousness (Titus 3:5). Not anything that you will or feel or think or do.

II. His Plan and His Grace

He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” (v10b)

  1. It is because of “his own purpose and grace” (v9). The contrast is not between your works, on one side, and your faith, on the other.
  2. The contrast is between your works and your faith and your everything, on one side, and God’s purpose and grace before the world every existed, on the other side.
  3. When Christ died to take our punishment and our perfection, and then rose again to abolish death and open everlasting life, what he manifested in that gospel was the eternal purpose of God to be gracious to you. God, for all eternity, has planned to be gracious to you. To awaken you and give you faith and power and unashamed courage and suffering and keeping and eternal glory.

III. Keep Feeding the Flames

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10

Therefore, one more time church keep fanning into flames of God’s gift — the unashamed courage to speak openly of Christ and to suffer for the gospel.  The courage to use your spiritual gifts to impact others. 

Don’t know your Spiritual Gifts, there is a tool on our website.

https://impactbrentwood.org/wp-content/uploads/Spiritual-Gift-Test-2.pdf

Don’t be afraid. I am sure that God will do for you what he has done for Paul, Timothy and so many others who strive to serve the Lord with their Spiritual Gifts.  God uses pathetic people for his glorious purposes to show his superior power. Do not begrudge your weakness. Do not lament your insufficiency. Rejoice that Christ is all-sufficient and always dependable. Embrace your weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon you to reveal God’s surpassing greatness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Fan them into Flames serving Others!!