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Preach the Word
2 Timothy 3:16-4:5
Why did Paul command Timothy, his apprentice pastor, to preach the Word?
Published April 14th, 2017
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Main point summary
Arcing of 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5
Main point summary
Main Point: Paul charged Timothy with five things: (1) to preach the Word, (2) to be prepared at all times, (3) to reprove, (4) to rebuke, and (5) to patiently encourage, doing all these for two reasons: (1) because the Word, having proceeded from God Himself, is the means for completely equipping a believer for every good work, and (2) because of a coming time when people will no longer listen to sound teaching.
Arcing of 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5
2 Timothy 3:16-4:5
d All Scripture is breathed out by God
All Scripture proceeds from God's own mouth
and profitable
thus , is beneficial
for teaching,
[1] for teaching what is true,
for reproof,
[2] for rebuking error,
for correction,
[3] for correcting mistakes,
and for training in righteousness,
and [4] for training towards right living,
that e the man of God 1 may be complete,
in order that the man of God may be complete,
f equipped g for every good work.
[that is ,] fully equipped for every good work.
h I charge you
[ Therefore ], I solemnly charge you
in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
in the presence of God and of the Messiah Jesus,
i who is to judge the living and the dead,
who will someday judge the living and the dead,
and by j his appearing and his kingdom:
and in view of his appearing and his kingdom:
preach the word;
[1] [to] preach the word;
be ready
[2] [to] be prepared
in season
[2a] whether the time is favorable
and out of season;
[2b] or not;
k reprove,
[3] [to] reprove,
[4] [to] rebuke,
and l exhort,
and [5] [to] encourage [ in this manner ],
with complete patience
[5a] with great patience
and teaching.
[5b] and careful instruction.
m For the time is coming
Because the time is coming
when people will not endure n sound 1 teaching,
when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching,
but having itching ears
but [ because ] of their insatiable curiosity to hear new things
they will accumulate for themselves teachers
[1] [ first ] they will surround themselves with teachers
to suit their own passions,
who will satisfy this desire,
and o will turn away from listening to the truth
[2] [ then ] will turn their ears away from the truth
and p wander off into myths.
[3] and [ finally ] will turn to myths.
As for you, q always be sober-minded,
But you, [1] be self-controlled at all times,
r endure suffering,
[2] bear hardship patiently,
do the work of s an evangelist,
[3] do the work of an evangelist,
t fulfill your ministry.
[4] fully carry out the duties of your ministry.
Paul's five primary commands to Timothy
The manner by which Timothy is to encourage
The many beneficial uses of the Scriptures
The progressive downfall of those who reject sound teaching
What Timothy must do in contrast to those who refuse to listen to sound teaching
Timothy is to be prepared in any circumstances.
The result of the Scriptures having come directly from God's mouth: it is beneficial for completely equipping believers for every good work.
The first reason for Paul's commands to Timothy
The second reason for Paul's commands to Timothy
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