What Makes a Quality Christian Leader?

2 Timothy 3:1-4:5

Young Adult Bible Study

Cn. Glenn E. Davis

February 17 & 24, March 03 2019

1. 3:1-2 You Will Face Times of Stress and Difficulty

2. 3:2-9 You Will Face Evil People

3. 3:5-6 You Will Encounter Religiously Deceptive People

4. 3:7-9 You Will Encounter Spiritual Warfare

5. 3:10-13 You Must Not Be Surprised by Hardship (and Discouragement)

6. 3:14-15 You Must Stand Firm in Scripture

7. 3:15-16 You Must Be Transformed by Scripture (2 Peter 3:14-16, “other Scriptures”)

a. Scripture makes you wise. b. Scripture points you to salvation. c. Scripture is learned in relationship with people and faith in Jesus d. Scripture comes from God

Four Uses of Scripture

a. “doctrine,” or teaching: what is right b. “reproof,” or rebuking: what is not right c. “correction,” how to get it right d. “training,” or instruction: how to stay right

[Illustration: How Not to Plant a Church By Michael Beck, TGC (Matt. 28: 19]

8. 3:17 You Must Be Equipped by Scripture “for very good work” (Excursus: Good works defined, 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5)

9. 4:1-2 You Must Teach Scripture (2 Tim. 2:15)

Preaching Changes People

a. “be ready,” preaching the Word informs the mind b. “correct, rebuke,” preaching the Word conditions the conscience c. “encourage, exhort,” preaching the Word inflames the heart and moves the will d. “patience and teaching,” preaching the Word involves character and content

10. 4:3 Preach Even When People Don’t Want to Hear

11. 4:4 Preach Even When No One’s (Seems to be) Listening

12. 4:5 Preach Even When Life Is Hard

Application: Five Things To Do With God’s Word (Psalm 119)

1. Trusting the Word of God. Time and time again, David expresses his belief that the

Scriptures are true (v. 151). He believes in them (v. 66). He trusts in their reliability (v. 42). He states: “The sum of your word is truth” (v. 160). 2. Studying the Word of God. David doesn’t just believe the Word, he is a student of the

Word. He learns it (v. 73), he seeks it (v. 155), he has memorized it (v. 153), and regularly meditates on it. 3. Using the Word of God. David repeatedly affirms that he uses the Word of God as a

“counselor” (v. 24), to give “strength” (v. 28), and to bring “comfort in affliction” (v. 50). He states, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (v. 105). In short, the Word of God is the very source of life for David (v. 156). 4. Delighting in the Word of God. It’s not just that David trusts, studies, and uses the Word of

God. He actually has affection for it. He has a deep emotional affinity towards it. He “loves” God’s Word (v. 159), he “rejoices” at his Word (v. 162), the Word is “wondrous” (v. 18), it is “better than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (v. 72), and “sweeter than honey to my mouth” (v. 103). 5. Obeying the Word of God. Not surprisingly, the prior four characteristics naturally lead to

this last one. David repeatedly expresses his desire to actually obey God’s law. He wants to follow it, keep it, and fulfill it.

—Michael Kruger, “5 Things Every Christian Should be Doing with God’s Word,” Canon Fodder blog, https://www.michaeljkruger.com/5-things-every-christian-should-be-doing-with-gods- word/.

Quote: "There are actually only ever two pastoral problems you will ever encounter. The first is this: persuading those who are under the dominion of sin that they are under the dominion of sin. That's the task of evangelism. And [second], persuading those who are no longer under the dominion of sin that they are no longer under the dominion of sin because they're Christ's." 1 —Sinclair Ferguson

“What makes that Christian [leadership] godly or biblical, it seems, is first that the goal is defined by Scripture. You want to take people, move people toward godliness, towards worship, towards honoring Jesus, towards loving people.”—John Piper

Summary: True Christian ministry/leadership is the overflow of the Life of God in us. Ministry leadership is not a position, but a relationship with a person, Jesus Christ. We spend time with Christ, Christ reveals himself afresh to us. The overflow of that experience is life, that life encourages and blesses others.—Fr. Glenn

Ministry leadership is communicating “life information” to others: why God loves, what he does, when he speaks, where he works, and how he transforms. Ministry is sharing with others how God has been faithful in our lives and how God will be faithful in theirs. Ministry is encouraging others to trust Christ’s work on the Cross, the Father’s faithful provision, and the Holy Spirit’s consistent guidance.—Fr. Glenn

Sinclair Ferguson paraphrasing the Puritan, John Owen, from his book, *A Treatise of the Dominion of 1Sin and Grace.

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