II Timothy 3:1-4 “Characteristics”

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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.


II Timothy 2:16-19 “Command”

Posted: July 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on II Timothy 2:16-19 “Command”

Exposition of II Timothy: Message 14 – Command
A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

NOTE: Because of equipment failure, the recording of the sermon did not work properly. We apologize for this.

I. ABSOLUTE MANDATE
A. EXCLUSIVE

II Tim 2:16a But from irreverent or worthless conversation, keep your distance
>>1. DISGRACEFUL (I Tim 6:20)
>>2. DISTANCE (Col 1:10)

B. ETHICAL
II Tim 2:16b for such [talk] propels people into added ungodliness,
>>1. DRIVE
>>2. DIRECTION

C. EXTENT
II Tim 2:17a and, like gangrene, their words find fertile ground.
>>1. DEFILEMENT
>>2. DEGREE

II. APPALLING MODEL
A. EXAMPLES

II Tim 2:17b-18a Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have deviated from the truth,
>>1. DISSIDENTS (I Tim 1:20)
>>2. DEVIATION (II Tim 2:15)

B. ERRORS
II Tim 2:18b asserting that the resurrection has already happened and thereby upending the faith of some.
>>1. DENIAL (Lk 24:21; Mt 28:6; I Cor 15:1-58; Acts 2:32; 3:15, 26; 4:10, 33; 5:30; 10:40; 13:30; 17:18; 26:8; 26:23)
>>2. DEVASTATION (II Tim 2:14)

III. AUTHORITATIVE MOTIVATION
A. ENDURANCE

II Tim 2:19a But God’s firm foundation remains, having this seal: “The Lord knows His own people,”
>>1. DETERMINED (I Cor 3:11; Is 28:16; Eph 2:20)
>>2. DECLARATION (Num 16:5; Rom 8:16; Eph 1:4a; Jas 1:18)

B. EVALUATION
II Tim 2:19b and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from unrighteousness.”
>>1. DEFENSE (Eph 1:4b; Num 16:26; I Jn 2:19)
>>2. DEPART


II Timothy 2:14-15 “Choices”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 13 – Choices

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

I. WRONG CHOICE: UNFAITHFUL TO THE WORD
A. REMINDER

>>1. DISTRACTION – II Tim 2:14a Remind [them] of these things,
>>2. DISPUTATION – II Tim 2:14b earnestly attesting before God not to quarrel about words (also Eph 1:17-18)

B. RESULTS
>>1. DETRIMENTAL (FOR TEACHER) – II Tim 2:14c which is not only unprofitable [to you] (also Phil 1:9-10; Col 1:9)
>>2. DANGEROUS (FOR STUDENT) – II Tim 2:14d but catastrophic to the hearer. (also Rom 10:17)

II. RIGHT CHOICE: FAITHFUL TO THE WORD
A. RECOGNITION

>>1. DILIGENT – II Tim 2:15a Make diligent effort to present yourself to God (also II Cor 11:2; Eph 5:27)
>>2. DEMONSTRATION – II Tim 2:15b as one ‘approved’ (also Phil 2:15)

B. REPRESENTATION
>>1. DUTY – II Tim 2:15c a worker (also II Cor 5:10)
>>2. DETERMINED – II Tim 2:15d who has no cause for shame

C. RESOLUTION
>>1. DECISIVE – II Tim 2:15e handling accurately (also Neh 8:8)
>>2. DIRECTION – II Tim 2:15f the Word of truth. (also Ps 119:43; II Cor 6:7; Col 1:5; Jas 1:18; Mt 7:1; I Tim 6:10; Lk 11:19; Phil 4:13; Jer 29:11; Rom 16:16)


II Timothy 2:11-13 “Comfort”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 12 – Comfort

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

I. CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S PROMISES
A. GOD’S WORD IS FAITHFUL

II Tim 2:11a [God’s] Word is trustworthy:
>>1. FAITHFUL THE WORD!
>>2. PHRASE USED FIVE TIMES IN PASTORAL EPISTLES (I Tim 1:15; 3:1; 4:9; II Tim 2:11-13; Titus 3:4-8)

B. GOD’S WORD IN SONG
>>1. BIBLE
>>>>(Old Testament Ex 15:1–18; Nu 21:17–18; Deut 31:19–22, 30, 32:1–43; Sam 18:7; 21:11; Judges 15:16)
>>>>(Gospels Lk 1:46-55; 1:68-79; 2:14; Lk 2:29-32)
>>>>(Epistles Phil 2:5-11; Col 1:15-20; I Tim 3:16; Heb 1:1-3; I Pet 2:21-25)
>>2. HISTORY OF BIBLE-WORD SONGS
>>>>(Israel Psalm 40:3; 18:49; Is 30:29; Job 35:10)
>>>>(Church Eph 5:19; Acts 16:25; Col 3:16; Rom 11:36; Eph 3:21; I Tim 1:17)
>>>>(Today Mt 6:33, 7:7; Ps 89:1; Ps 46:10 + #677)

II. COMFORT IN GOD’S PROMISES
A. TWO POSITIVE AXIOMS

>>1. AXIOM #1 – IF WE DIED WITH HIM – II Tim 2:11b for if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; (also Rom 6:2-6; Col 3:4; Jn 14:19; II Cor 13:4; I Thes 4:17; 5:10)
>>2. AXIOM #2 – IF WE LIVE/ENDURE PERSECUTION – II Tim 2:12a if we endure, we will also reign together [with Him]; (also Rev 2:26-27; Heb 3:6; 10:35-38)

B. TWO NEGATIVE AXIOMS
>>1. AXIOM #3 – IF ONE FAILS TO ENDURE – II Tim 2:12b if we should ever deny Him, He also will deny us; (also Jude 1:4; I Jn 2:22-23; Lk 22:61; II Cor 7:10; Mk 8:38; Mt 10:33)
>>2. AXIOM #4 – IF ONE LACKS FAITH TO CONTINE – II Tim 2:13 if we lack real faith, He remains faithful; He cannot deny His nature. (also I Pet 2:8; Rom 3:3; Heb 10:23)


II Timothy 2:8-10 “Capacity”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 11 – Capacity

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

I. FOCUSED ON THE SOURCE
A. CENTERED ON JESUS THE CHRIST

>>1. PROMISED KING – II Tim 2:8a Remember Jesus the Christ [Messiah],
>>2. SAVIOR FROM SIN – II Tim 2:8c the offspring of David, (also Acts 13:23; Rom 1:3)

B. CENTERED IN TRUE GOSPEL PREACHING
>>1. RISEN LORD – II Tim 2:8b raised from the dead (also Lk 24:46; Acts 2:24)
>>2. GOOD NEWS TO ALL – II Tim 2:8d as [preached] in my Gospel, (also I Cor 15:14)

II. FOCUSED ON THE POWER
A. CENTERED ON PAUL’S BONDAGE

>>1. FOR PREACHING CHRIST – II Tim 2:9a because of which I undergo suffering, (also Heb 2:10; 5:8; I Pet 2:21; 5:10)
>>2. FOR THE GOSPEL – II Tim 2:9b bound with chains as a criminal. (also Phil 4:11-13; Lk 23:32-39)

B. CENTERED ON THE UNBOUNDED WORD
>>1. GREAT CONTRAST – II Tim 2:9c But the Word of God is not bound!
>>2. ETERNAL POWER (also Is 40:8)

III. FOCUSED ON THE RESULT
A. CENTERED ON ENDURANCE

>>1. HIS EXAMPLES – II Tim 2:10a Therefore I endure all things (also II Tim 2:1-7; I Pet 3:16-17)
>>2. GOAL IN VIEW – II Tim 2:10b for the elect’s sake, (also Acts 4:12)

B. CENTERED ON THE OUTCOME
>>1. VISION OF OTHERS – II Tim 2:10c that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus
>>2. ULTIMATE JOY – II Tim 2:10d with eternal glory. (also II Cor 4:17-18; II Thes 2:13-14; Rom 5:1-2; I Pet 2:20; I Tim 1:13-15; Jas 1:12)


II Timothy 2:3-7 “Counterparts”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 10 – Counterparts

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

I. ROLE MODEL OF A SOLDIER
II Tim 2:3-4 Therefore, endure challenges being a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No soldier gets entangled in civilian activities, thereby pleasing the one who enlisted him.
A. ACTIVITY OF A GOOD SOLDIER
>>1. EXAMPLE
>>2. EXPECTATION

B. APPLICATION TO CHRISTIANS
>>1. EXAMPLE (Eph 2:8-10; 6:10-18; Heb 10:23-25; Jas 4:17; Mt 16:24-26; I Cor 10:31)
>>2. EXPECTATION (II Tim 1:15; Col 1:10; I Thes 2:12; Jn 16:33; Heb 12:1; Mt 25:21-23)

II. ROLE MODEL OF AN ATHLETE
II Tim 2:5 If anyone competes [in the games], he does not receive the winner’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.
A. ACTIVITY OF A GOOD ATHLETE
>>1. EXAMPLE (Ps 19:5-6; Eccl 9:11; II Mac 4:14; Ps 18:29; Jer 12:5; Gen 32:24)
>>2. EXPECTATION

B. APPLICATION TO CHRISTIANS
>>1. EXAMPLE (I Cor 9:24-27; 15:32; Gal 5:7; Eph 6:12)
>>2. EXPECTATION (Heb 12:1-2; Gal 2:2; Phil 3:14; I Tim 4:7-8; Is 40:31; Rev 14:12)

III. ROLE MODEL OF A FARMER
II Tim 2:6-7 And the hard-working farmer should be the first to receive a share of the harvest. Reflect on what I say, for the Lord will give you insight into this.
A. ACTIVITY OF A GOOD FARMER
>>1. EXAMPLE (I Tim 5:18)
>>2. EXPECTATION (I Cor 9:7-10)

B. APPLICATION TO CHRISTIANS
>>1. EXAMPLE
>>2. EXPECTATION (I Cor 9:11; 15:10)


II Timothy 2:1-2 “Clone”

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Exposition of II Timothy: Message 9: Clone

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

I. PRODUCT
A. PERSONAL

II Tim 2:1a You, therefore, my child, be strengthened
>>1. NATURE (Mt 28:18-20; Rom 8;15-17)
>>2. NEED (Jn 15:5; Phil 4:13; Is 40:29-30; Eph 6:10-11)

B. PRODUCT
II Tim 2:1b by means of the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
>>1. GRACE (II Cor 12:9-10)
>>2. IN CHRIST (Eph 2:8)

II. DUPLICATION
A. DOWNLINE GENERATION #1: PAUL/APOSTLES

II Tim 2:2a and what you’ve heard from me through many witnesses
>>1. FIRST-HAND TESTIMONY (I Cor 11:1)
>>2. WITNESSES (I Tim 6:12)

B. DOWNLINE GENERATION #2: TIMOTHY
II Tim 2:2b [you] entrust this
>>1. COMMISSIONED
>>2. THIS [GOSPEL] (II Tim 1:13-14)

C. DOWNLINE GENERATION #3: THOSE TIMOTHY TAUGHT
II Tim 2:2c entrust to faithful men
>>1. PROCESS (I Cor 3:13-15)
>>2. APOSTOLIC SUCESSION

D. DOWNLINE GENERATION #4: THOSE TIMOTHY’S CHURCH TAUGHT
II Tim 2:2d who will be competent to teach others as well.
>>1. CAPABLE
>>2. PRODUCT (Gen 1:28; Mt 28:18)