II Timothy 4:3-5 “Contrasts”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 23 – Contrasts

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
A. CHALLENGE

>>1. REJECTION -II Tim 4:3a For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound teaching. (Jn. 6:60, 66, 26; Is 30:9-11; I Pet 2:2)
>>2. REPLACE -II Tim 4:3b Instead, they will look for teachers to suit their own interests, who please them by saying only what they are itching to hear. (Jn 6:65)

B. CONSEQUENCES
>>1. REBUFF – II Tim 4:4a and will twist aside from listening to the truth (Acts 3:26; Jn 3:19-20)
>>2. REPLACEMENT – II Tim 4:4b and wander off into myths. (Prov 1:30; Acts 7:57-58; Jn 14:6; II Pet 1:16)

II. PEOPLE OF THE WORD
A. CHARACTER

>>1. RELIABLE – II Tim 4:5a As for you, be self-controlled in everything, (Mt 7:1; 26:41; Jn 3:16)
>>2. REMAIN – II Tim 4:5b endure suffering, (Heb 13:23)

B. CHALLENGE
>>1. REACH OUT – II Tim 4:5c do the work of an evangelist,
>>2. RISE (TO OCCASION) – II Tim 4:5d fulfill the service asked of you. (Col 4:17 Philemon 1:1-2 Acts 12:25)


II Timothy 4:1-2 “Commission”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 22 – Commission

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CORE OF TIMOTHY’S COMMISSION
A. TESTIMONY

>>1. SOLEMN CHARGE – II Tim 4:1a I solemnly charge you (also Acts 8:25)
>>2. SUPREME COURT – II Tim 4:1b in the presence of God, even of Christ Jesus, (also Prov 5:21; Jer 23:24; Jn 5:22; I Tim 5:21; 6:13-14)

B. TRIBUNAL
>>1. SECOND COMING – II Tim 4:1c Who is about to judge the living and the dead, (also I Cor 3 12; 4:2; II Cor 5:10; Acts 10:42; 17:31; I Pet 4:5)
>>2. SPIRITUAL CALM – II Tim 4:1d by His appearing and His kingdom: (LAO I Thes 4:13-18; II Cor 5:10; Mt 25:14-30; Rev 1:7; 20:13-15)

C. TASK
>>1. SUFFICIENT CONVICTION – II Tim 4:2a Preach (also II Tim 1:10-11; Titus 2:1)
>>2. SACRED CREED – II Tim 4:2b the Word. (also II Tim 1:8, 13; 2:15, 34; Prov 30:5-6)

II. CONDITIONS OF TIMOTHY’S COMMISSION
A. TIMING

>>1. STRONG CAPACITY – II Tim 4:2c Be ready (also II Tim 4:7; 1:13; 2:14; 3:14)
>>2. STEADY CONSISTENCY – II Tim 4:2c in season and out of season; (also Mk 14:10-11)

B. THWARTING
>>1. SYSTEMATIC CONVINCING – II Tim 4:2d reprove – “convict”
>>2. SCALDING CENSURE – II Tim 4:2d rebuke – “warn”
>>3. SAFEGUARDING CLAIM – II Tim 4:2d and exhort, – “appeal”

C. TEACHING
>>1. SELF CONTROL – “patience” – II Tim 4:2e with complete patience
>>2. SURE COUNSEL – “explanation” – II Tim 4:2f and teaching. (also Ps 145:4)


II Timothy 3:16-17 “Culmination”

Posted: September 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on II Timothy 3:16-17 “Culmination”

Exposition of II Timothy: Message 21 – Culmination

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. PROFIT: APPLYING SCRIPTURE IN MY LIFE
A. TEACHING

II Tim 3:16a All Scripture . . . is profitable for teaching,
>>1. VERIFYING TRUTH (Ps 119:160; Jn 17:17)
>>2. STUDYING ALL SCRIPTURE (Hos 4:6; Ex 24:7)

B. CONVICTING
II Tim 3:16b All Scripture . . . is profitable for reproof,
>>1. CONFRONTING SIN (Heb 11:1; Prov 19:3)
>>2. REPEATING LESSONS (Prov 6:23; Jn 3:20)

C. CORRECTING
II Tim 3:16c All Scripture . . . is profitable for correction,
>>1. EXPOSING ERROR (Jas 1:23-25)
>>2. RESTORING FELLOWSHIP (Prov 28:13; I Jn 1:9)

D. TRAINING
II Tim 3:16d All Scripture . . . is profitable for training in righteousness,
>>1. INSTRUCTING (Ps 42:1)
>>2. CONFORMING (Ps 6:6; Eph 6:13, 17)

II. PREPARATION: ALLOWING SCRIPTURE TO CHANGE MY LIFE
A. MATURING

II Tim 3:17a so that the man of God may be complete,
>>1. GROWING (Col 2:10)
>>2. COMPLETING (Rom 12:2; Eph 5:26; Ps 119:28; Rom 10:17)

B. SERVING
II Tim 3:17b in order that the man of God may be . . . equipped for every good work.
>>1. EQUIPPING (Mt 28:19-20)
>>2. WORKING (Eph 2:10; 4:11-12)


II Timothy 3:14-16a “Conviction”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 20 – Conviction

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. THE BELIEVER’S RESPONSIBILITY
A. REMAINING

II Tim 3:14a But as for you, continue in what you’ve learned and been assured of,
>>1. CONTINUE (I Jn 2:20)
>>2. CONFIRM (Mt 7:22-23)

B. RELYING
II Tim 3:14a knowing those from whom you learned it
>>1. COMMENCED (I Tim 1:2)
>>2. CONFLUENCE (II Tim 1:5; 2:2)

II. THE BELIEVER’S REDEMPTION
A. REMEMBERING

II Tim 3:15a and how from childhood you’ve been acquainted with the sacred writings,
>>1. CHILDHOOD (Ps 19:7; Jn 5:24; Rom 10:14, 17; Acts 16:14)
>>2. CONNECTED

B. RECOGNIZING
II Tim 3:15b which gives you wisdom leading to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
>>1. COMPREHENSION (Gal 3:24)
>>2. COMFORT

III. THE BELIEVER’S RESOURCE
A. REAFFIRMING

II Tim 3:16a All Scripture
>>1. COMPLETE
>>2. CONSISTENT (Eph 2:20; I Tim 5:18; Col 4:16; I Thes 2:13; II Pet 3:15b-16)

B. RENEWING
II Tim 3:16b is inspired by God
>>1. CREATED
>>2. COURSE (II Pet 1:21; 3:16; I Thes 2:13; I Pet 1:23)

C. REWARDING
II Tim 3:16c and is profitable
>>1. CONSTRUCTIVE
>>2. CRUCIAL (for personal study this week – Jas 1:23-25; I Pet 1:23; 2:2; Eph 5:25-27; Ps 19:10; 119:105; 127; Pro 6:23; Heb 4:12; 5:12-14; Eph 6:17 Jer 20:9; Lk 24:32; Job 23:12; Jn 6:51)


II Timothy 3:10-13 “Circumstances”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 19 – Circumstances

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. EXAMPLE OF A MENTOR
A. IN HIS MINISTRY

II Tim 3:10a But you, however, have followed my teaching – my conduct, my purpose,
>>1. FOLLOWING (THE LEADER)
>>2. FRUITFULNESS (Eph 3:11; I Cor 10:31, 33; Phil 3:10; II Cor 5:9; Acts 20:24)
B. IN HIS CHARACTER
II Tim 3:10b my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance,
>>1. FAITHFULNESS (Gal 5:22; II Cor 1:9)
>>2. FORTITUDE (Jn 13:34-35; Col 1:11-12)

II. EVIDENCE OF A MARTYR
A. IN HIS SUFFERING

II Tim 3:11a my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra
>>1. FEROCITY (Acts 13:14, 38-39, 44-45, 48-51; 14:1-23)
>>2. FIDELITY (II Cor 6:4-10)

B. IN HIS DELIVERANCE
II Tim 3:11b which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
>>1. FEARLESS (I Pet 4:4; Acts 16:1-3)
>>2. FREEDOM (Dan 3:16-18; Heb 5:9)

III. CONTINUING PRINCIPLE
A. IN OUR PERSECUTION

II Tim 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
>>1. FURTHERANCE (Jn 3:19; 15:20)
>>2. FATE (Mt 5:10-12; Rom 8:17; Jas 1:2; I Pet 4:12)

B. IN WORLD’S DEATH-SPIRAL
II Tim 3:13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
>>1. FAILURE
>>2. FOREBODING


II Timothy 3:5-9 “Consequences”

Posted: August 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on II Timothy 3:5-9 “Consequences”

Exposition of II Timothy: Message 18 – Consequences

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CHARACTER OF FALSE TEACHERS – II Tim 3:5-7
A. EXAMINATION – REVIEW

>>1. CONSIDERATION (Acts 2:17; Heb 1:1-2a; II Tim 3:1) In the last days, difficult eras will come
>>2. SUMMATION (II Tim 3:2-4) For people will be self-centered, lovers of money, materialistic, proud, arrogant, abusive, rebellious, ungrateful, indecent, inhuman, bitter, malicious, ungovernable, fierce, hostile, deceitful, rash, conceited, hedonistic,

B. EXPEDIENCE
>>1. REPRESENTATION 3:5a having the appearance of godliness
>>2. ACTUALIZATION 3:5b but denying its power (I Cor 1:18; Lk 9:23)
>>3. INSTRUCTION 3:5c Avoid such people! (I Cor 5:5-13; 15:33)

C. EVALUATION
>>1. INFILTRATION 3:6a For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women
>>2. EXPRESSION 3:6b burdened with sins and led astray by various desires

D. ESSENCE
>>1. INVESTIGATION 3:7a always learning (Jn 17:17; I Tim 2:4)
>>2. OBSERVATION 3:7b and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

II. CONFLICT WITH FALSE TEACHERS – II Tim 3:8-9
A. EXAMPLES

>>1. ILLUSTRATION 3:8a Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, (Ex 7:10-13, 20-23; 8:16-19)
>>2. DESCRIPTION 3:8b so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind (Rev 13:13-15; II Thes 2:9-10; II Cor 11:15)

B. ENCOURAGEMENT
>>1. DISQUALIFICATION 3:8c and rejected regarding the faith.
>>2. LIMITATION 3:9a But they won’t get very far, (Mt 16:18; Mk 13:22)

C. EVIDENCE
>>1. DETERMINATION 3:9b for just like those two men,
>>2. MANIFESTATION 3:9c their folly will be evident to everyone.


II Timothy 3:1-4 “Characteristics”

Posted: August 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on II Timothy 3:1-4 “Characteristics”

Exposition of II Timothy: Message 17 – Characteristics

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CAUTION – “KNOW THIS”
A. WHAT ARE THE “LAST DAYS”?

II Tim 3:1a But understand this, that in the last days
>>1. FOREWARNED (Mt 16:3)
>>2. LAST DAYS (Acts 2:17)

B. WHAT “DIFFICULT TIMES” ARE COMING?
II Tim 3:1b there will come times of trouble.
>>1. ERA
>>2. STRESS (Mt 8:28)

II. CAVEAT – “AVOID THIS”
A. PERSONAL LIFE

>>1. SELF-CENTERED – II Tim 3:2 For people will be lovers of self, (Mk 8:34; Jas 4:6; I Pet 5:6; Rom 12:3; Phil 2:3)
>>2. MATERIALISTIC -II Tim 3:2 lovers of money, (I Tim 6:9-10)
>>3. BOASTFUL – II Tim 3:2 proud,
>>4. ARROGANT – II Tim 3:2 arrogant,
>>5. ABUSIVE – II Tim 3:2 abusive,

B. FAMILY LIFE
>>1. REBELLION – II Tim 3:2 disobedient to their parents,
>>2. INGRATITUDE – II Tim 3:2 unthankful (Rom 1:21)
>>3. INDECENT – II Tim 3:2 unholy, (Rom 3:18)
>>4. INHUMAN – II Tim 3:3 unloving,
>>5. BITTER – II Tim 3:3 unappeasable,

C. INTERPERSONAL LIFE
>>1. MALICIOUS – II Tim 3:3 slanderous,
>>2. UNGOVERNABLE – II Tim 3:3 without self-control, (Gal 5:23)
>>3. FIERCE – II Tim 3:3 brutal, (Ps 5:6; 11:5)
>>4. HOSTILE – II Tim 3:3 not loving good,
>>5. DECEITFUL – II Tim 3:4 treacherous,
>>6. RASH – II Tim 3:4 reckless,
>>7. CONCEITED – II Tim 3:4 swollen with conceit,

D. RELIGIOUS LIFE
>>1. HEDONIST – II Tim 3:4 lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (Ps 16:11)
>>2. HYPOCRITE – II Tim 3:5a having the appearance of godliness but denying its power. (I Cor 1:18; Lk 9:23)


II Timothy 2:23-26 “Conduct”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 16 – Correct Conduct

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MINISTRY
A. CAUTION
(NEGATIVE ACTIONS TO AVOID)
>>1. ELUDE – II Tim 2:23a Have nothing to do with foolish, (also I Tim 1:3-7; Acts 15; Gal 2:11-14; Jude 3)
>>2. EMPTY – II Tim 2:23b senseless controversies,

B. CONCERN
>>1. EMBROILED – II Tim 2:23c knowing they breed contention. (also I Tim 6:4; Titus 3:9)
>>2. ENMITY – II Tim 2:24a For the Lord’s slave must not be contentious,

II.MODEL
A. CHARGE
(POSITIVE TRAITS WE SHOULD HAVE)
>>1. EXHIBITING KINDNESS – II Tim 2:24b but be gentle to everyone, (also I Thes 2:7)
>>2. EXHIBITING SKILLFUL TEACHING – II Tim 2:24c able to teach,

B. COUNSEL
>>1. EXHIBITING FORBEARANCE – II Tim 2:24d patient when wronged, (also I Pet 2:23)
>>2. EXHIBITING HUMILITY – II Tim 2:25a gently correcting his opponents. (also Num 12:3; Mt 11:29; II Cor 10:1; Gal 5:23)

III. MOTIVATION
A. CONSIDERATION
(POSSIBLE RESULTS OF SUCH CONDUCT)
>>1. ENABLING – II Tim 2:25b Perhaps God may grant them repentance
>>2. EVIDENCE – II Tim 2:25c leading to [their] acknowledging the truth,

B. CALL
>>1. ESCAPE – II Tim 2:26a that they may sober up and escape from the snare of the devil, (also I Tim 3:7; 6:9)
>>2. EXPERIENCE – II Tim 2:26b after being captured [alive] by him to do his will.


Another Look at James 1:1-5, Elder Jim Garbutt

Posted: July 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Another Look at James 1:1-5, Elder Jim Garbutt

Special Sermon

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A Sermon by Elder James Garbutt, Sovereign Grace Church

ANOTHER LOOK AT JAMES 1:1-5

1. ESSENTIAL BOUNDARIES (Real/Logical view of self as a Bond-Slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ)
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ

2. ESSENTIAL BURDENS (Trials bring spiritual fitness)
James 1:2-3 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

3. ESSENTIAL BELIEF (See yourself as Needy and Ask for Help)
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

4. ESSENTIAL BACKSTEP (Trials, part 2 – Develop patience and use it to help others)
James 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


II Timothy 2:20-22 “Cleansed”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 15 – Cleansed

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ILLUSTRATION OF A CHOICE VESSELS
A. ANALOGY

>>1. STATEMENT – II Tim 2:20a Now in a great house there are not only vessels that are golden and silver but also wooden or earthen, (also I Tim 3:15)
>>2. EXPLANATION – II Tim 2:20b some for honorable use, some dishonorable. (also Rom 9:21)

B. APPLICATION
>>1. ANALOGY – II Tim 2:21a Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for valuable use, (also I Jn 1:9)
>>2. DIFFERENT – II Tim 2:21b set apart as holy, fitting and serviceable to the master, having been prepared for every good work. (also I Cor 1:30; 6:11; Heb 10:10; II Cor 3:18; 7:1; I Thes 4:3; I Jn 3:1-3)

IF you are “ready for any good work” then here is a detailed set of instructions

II. INSTRUCTIONS FOR A CHOICE VESSEL
A. AVOIDANCE

>>1. FLEE – II Tim 2:22a So run from youthful passions
>>2. KNOW THE ENEMY (Prov 6:5; I Cor 6:18; 10:14; I Tim 6:11)

B. ACTIONS
>>1. PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS – II Tim 2:22b and run toward righteousness, (also Deut 10:12-13; Ps 40:8; I Jn 5:3)
>>2. PURSUE FAITHFULNESS – II Tim 2:22c faithfulness, (also Rom 10:17)
>>3. PURSUE LOVE – II Tim 2:22d love, (also Eph 2:3; I Cor 13:4-7;
>>4. PURSUE PEACE – II Tim 2:22e and peace (also Rom 12:18; Mt 5:23-24)
>>5. PURSUE PURITY – II Tim 2:22f joining those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.