Monday, May 2, 2016

Reflection - How Paul's life is different

Source (book): "Faithful to the end", Chapter 9, Question 1, Page 135.
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012


Who leads the church? The Apostle Paul, one of the most important leaders of early Christianity, understood very well that he was not the leader of the churches he founded; Jesus Christ was.<br>The challenge for Christians is not only to lament how the way of the world in the last days has sunk to deplorable new levels, but also to resolve to be different from ungodly people in the world.
PHOTO: Who leads the church? The Apostle Paul, one of the most important leaders of early Christianity, understood very well that he was not the leader of the churches he founded; Jesus Christ was.
The challenge for Christians is not only to lament how the way of the world in the last days has sunk to deplorable new levels, but also to resolve to be different from ungodly people in the world.
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Review how Paul's life is different from the life of the false teachers and the terrible people of the world (2 Timothy 3:10-11). Go through the list and examine your own life to see which of the characteristics you are modelling. Which of the areas are lacking in your life? Bring your reflections in prayer to the Lord. Discuss how the church can teach Christians to pay attention to these areas of Christian discipleship.

Review how Paul's life is different from the life of the false teachers and the terrible people of the world (2 Timothy 3:10-11).
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The challenge for Christians is not only to lament how the way of the world in the last days has sunk to deplorable new levels, but also to resolve to be different from ungodly people in the world. After painting a dismal picture of false teachers and the terrible people of the last days, Paul continued his epistle by saying "You, however . . ." (2 Timothy 3:10). These are just two words but they convey a strong message. Timothy was to be different from the apostate false teachers and the people of the last days who were like them.


After painting a dismal picture of false teachers and the terrible people of the last days, Paul continued his epistle by saying 'You, however . . .' (2 Timothy 3:10).
PHOTO: After painting a dismal picture of false teachers and the terrible people of the last days, Paul continued his epistle by saying "You, however . . ." (2 Timothy 3:10). These are just two words but they convey a strong message. Timothy was to be different from the apostate false teachers and the people of the last days who were like them.
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Paul's message was not empty but backed up by the example of his own life, which was the antithesis (reverse) of the lives of those who would fall away in the last days - the characteristics of which he had just described. Paul stood out as a great example of Christian character in a terrible world.



Paul's message was not empty but backed up by the example of his own life, which was the antithesis (reverse) of the lives of those who would fall away in the last days - the characteristics of which he had described.
PHOTO: Paul's message was not empty but backed up by the example of his own life, which was the antithesis (reverse) of the lives of those who would fall away in the last days - the characteristics of which he had described. Paul stood out as a great example of Christian character in a terrible world.
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Paul's Example [1]
Paul reminded Timothy that he knew all about Paul since going along on his missionary journeys and had seen how Paul lived a transparent and exemplary life of faith and godliness. Timothy would be able to discern how the characteristics of Paul's life were in stark contrast with the characteristics of the terrible people of the last days.

Paul mentioned some of the key differences in 2 Timothy 3:10-11.

1. Paul's teaching

Unlike the dangerous teachings of the false teachers that were poisoning the minds and souls of the believers, Paul's teaching was faithful to Scripture and the gospel, and reflected sound doctrine that would build up God's people. Paul's teaching was open for examination, as the people of Berea did, for they "examined the Scriptures every day to see if Paul said was true" (Acts 17:11). The early church decided from the earliest of times that Paul's teaching in his epistles was not only sound but had apostolic authority and the scriptural quality to be added to the Scriptures. The apostle Peter considered Paul's writings as Scripture (2 Peter 3:16, where he associates Paul's epistles with the "other Scriptures"), and while the church took some time to decide on the full Canon of the New Testament, the Pauline epistles were readily accepted as Scripture.


Paul at Berea (Acts 17:11)


PHOTO: Paul at Berea (Acts 17:11)
Paul's teaching was open for examination, as the people of Berea did, for they "examined the Scriptures every day to see if Paul said was true".
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2. Paul's way of life 
The Greek word, agōgē (way of life), refers to the whole demeanour (manner) of a person. If Paul's life and ministry were summarised on a life map, it would show integrity and faithfulness to God. The directions of his life, the choice he made, the relationships he focused on, the way he spent his time and life's opportunities, and his priorities into which he poured his energy and passion, would all show that he was a godly man, in contrast to those whose terrible lifestyles were described as characteristic of the last days.


Paul's way of life shows integrity and faithfulness to God.

PHOTO: Paul's way of life shows integrity and faithfulness to God.
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3. Paul's purpose in life
Timothy observed at close range what made Paul tick. How did he respond to the challenges of life? What choices did he make in life? What was the driving force that motivated him? We can discern some of these in the very words of Paul. In his salutation at the beginning of several of his epistles, Paul identified himself in the following way: "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God" (1 Corinthians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:1; 2 Timothy 1:1). In reference to Christ, Paul declared, "So we make it our goal to please him" (2 Corinthians 5:9). What this entails (necessitate) was spelt out in his exhortation (urging) to the Colossians: "That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience" (Colossians 1:10-11).


 Paul's purpose in life - live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work


PHOTO: Paul's purpose in life - live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work
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Paul was totally committed to the preaching of the gospel to the Jews and especially to the Gentiles - as Christ had commanded him. His passion and commitment to be faithful to Christ is expressed in the words: "I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2). His missionary zeal can be seen in his testimony: "It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known" (Romans 15:20). His hope was in Christ and he ran his race towards this hope: "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).


 Paul was totally committed to the preaching of the gospel to the Jews and especially to the Gentiles - as Christ had commanded him. His hope was in Christ and he ran his race towards this hope.


PHOTO: Paul was totally committed to the preaching of the gospel to the Jews and especially to the Gentiles - as Christ had commanded him. His hope was in Christ and he ran his race towards this hope.
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Timothy was familiar with all of these, for he had the opportunity to observe Paul closely and hold deep conversations with him. Paul's aims in life and ministry were exemplary and inspiring.

4. Paul's faith
Paul's faith was evident in the way he trusted Christ as he lived out his obedience to his Lord. The word in Greek could also refer to Paul's faithfulness. He was a resilient servant of the Lord who was convinced that come what may, he should bring glory to God by being faithful to Him. He lived out his own exhortation to his fellow believers:  "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58). Paul was convinced that Christ would keep him safe what he had entrusted to the Lord (2 Timothy 1:12).
 

A Faithful and Zealous Steward

PHOTO: A Faithful and Zealous Steward
He was a resilient servant of the Lord who was convinced that come what may, he should bring glory to God by being faithful to Him. He lived out his own exhortation to his fellow believers:  "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58). Paul was convinced that Christ would keep him safe what he had entrusted to the Lord (2 Timothy 1:12).
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5. Paul's patience
Paul was confronted and opposed by the enemies of the gospel - men less spiritual than himself. Yet he exercised great patience with them. There were times when he patiently explained to them the gospel message even when they were shouting to drown his voice (Acts 21:40 ff). He advised Timothy to have the same kind of patience when dealing with those who were misleading or being misled in church (2 Timothy 2:24-26). His patience not only reflected the character of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); it also reflected the hope that somehow one's opponents may eventually be saved.



Paul was confronted and opposed by the enemies of the gospel - men less spiritual than himself. There were times when he patiently explained to them the gospel message even when they were shouting to drown his voice. Yet he exercised great patience with them. It also reflected the hope that somehow one's opponents may eventually be saved.


PHOTO: Paul was confronted and opposed by the enemies of the gospel - men less spiritual than himself. There were times when he patiently explained to them the gospel message even when they were shouting to drown his voice. Yet he exercised great patience with them. It also reflected the hope that somehow one's opponents may eventually be saved.
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The Greek word makrothumia, literally "big heart", in this context refers to the patience one has with difficult and exasperating (intensely irritating) people. Paul, like his Lord Jesus, was surrounded by so many such people, and like his Lord, he exercised patience as he surrendered himself to the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.



Paul, like his Lord Jesus, was surrounded by so many such people, and like his Lord, he exercised patience as he surrendered himself to the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.


PHOTO: Paul, like his Lord Jesus, was surrounded by so many such people, and like his Lord, he exercised patience as he surrendered himself to the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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6. Paul's love
Paul wrote some wonderful things about divine love. In what is perhaps the most profound and practical description of love, Paul described love as patient, kind, and that it is not envious, proud, boastful, rude, or self-seeking. It is neither easily provoked to anger, nor bear grudges, nor delight in evil; instead it rejoices over truth and always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. As a result, love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Paul was keenly aware that this love does not arise naturally in human hearts. Borrowing a phrase from the 17th century Puritan writer Thomas Brooks who wrote about repentance, we can say that the kind of love described and demonstrated personally by Paul, "is a flower that grows not in nature's garden." [1a]


 Paul's love<br>Paul described love as patient, kind, and that it is not envious, proud, boastful, rude, or self-seeking. It is neither easily provoked to anger, nor bear grudges, nor delight in evil; instead it rejoices over truth and always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. As a result, love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).


PHOTO: Paul's love
Paul described love as patient, kind, and that it is not envious, proud, boastful, rude, or self-seeking. It is neither easily provoked to anger, nor bear grudges, nor delight in evil; instead it rejoices over truth and always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. As a result, love never fails (
1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
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Paul knew of the supernatural source of this love. He tells us in Romans 5:5 that "God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us". This love in the believer's heart becomes the love for God and for others, which aligns exactly with what Jesus talked about in His summary of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40). Both the vertical and horizontal dimensions of Christian love were clearly demonstrated in Paul's life, brought into sharp focus in the relentless and faithful missionary service into which he poured his heart, soul and life.


Paul knew of the supernatural source of this love. He tells us in Romans 5:5 that 'God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us'. This love in the believer's heart becomes the love for God and for others, which aligns exactly with what Jesus talked about in His summary of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40).


PHOTO: Paul knew of the supernatural source of this love. He tells us in Romans 5:5 that "God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us". This love in the believer's heart becomes the love for God and for others, which aligns exactly with what Jesus talked about in His summary of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40).
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7. Paul's endurance
Most people would have given up if they had to go through what Paul endured for the gospel. The Greek word hypomonē which can be translated as patience, can also mean endurance. While makrothumia refers to patience with regard to exasperating people, hypomonē refers to the patience amid trying circumstances. Paul underwent severe persecution and nearly lost his life on a number of occasions. In a poignant (sorrowful) manner, Paul recalled some of these difficult moments in his life: "To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly" (1 Corinthians 4:11-13).


Paul's endurance

PHOTO: Paul's endurance
Most people would have given up if they had to go through what Paul endured for the gospel. In a poignant (sorrowful) manner, Paul recalled some of these difficult moments in his life: "To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly" (
1 Corinthians 4:11-13).
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In another epistle, Paul wrote of his endurance amid great hardships: "Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger . . .  through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Corinthians 6:4-5, 8-10).


Paul was appointed to carry the name of Christ especially to the Gentiles

PHOTO: Paul was appointed to carry the name of Christ especially to the Gentiles
Paul wrote of his endurance amid great hardships: "Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger . . .  through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (
2 Corinthians 6:4-5, 8-10).
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Paul was aware that it was God who enabled believers to have such endurance in the face of setbacks and extremely difficult circumstances (Romans 15:5). And Timothy was an eye-witness of Paul's supernatural endurance in Christ.

8. Paul's persecutions and sufferings
Paul mentioned the sufferings he had to go through in his first missionary journey. He mentioned in particular the events that happened in Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:50), Iconium (Acts 14:5), and Lystra (Acts 14:19-20). As a resident of Lystra and as a new convert from Paul's ministry then, Timothy would have directly witnessed what happened to Paul in Lystra. Paul was stoned by a mob and dragged outside the city; and people thought he was dead. Paul must have lain motionless after suffering the severe stoning instigated by his Jewish enemies. Then the disciples gathered around the still figure of the apostle, probably praying for him. Amazingly, Paul with his bleeding wounds and all, "got up and went back into the city" (Acts 14:20). such tenacity (determination) and endurance in the face of violent suffering must have left a deep impression on young Timothy. Now he was reminded by the aged apostle to remember the "persecution I endured" (2 Timothy 3:11).



Paul's persecutions and sufferings<br>Paul was stoned by a mob and dragged outside the city; and people thought he was dead. Paul must have lain motionless after suffering the severe stoning instigated by his Jewish enemies. Then the disciples gathered around the still figure of the apostle, probably praying for him. Amazingly, Paul with his bleeding wounds and all, 'got up and went back into the city' (Acts 14:20).


PHOTO: Paul's persecutions and sufferings
Paul was stoned by a mob and dragged outside the city; and people thought he was dead. Paul must have lain motionless after suffering the severe stoning instigated by his Jewish enemies. Then the disciples gathered around the still figure of the apostle, probably praying for him. Amazingly, Paul with his bleeding wounds and all, "got up and went back into the city" (
Acts 14:20).
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Paul does not complain or murmur about God's "unkindness" in allowing all these terrible sufferings in his life and ministry. He knew that to serve Christ in terrible days, any faithful servant of Christ would encounter sufferings; one should not be surprised by it. In fact he declared that "everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and deceived" (2 Timothy 3:12-13). We can understand this if we remember that we live in the last days in the terrible world which hates God and loves evil.


 Paul does not complain or murmur about God's

PHOTO: Paul does not complain or murmur about God's "unkindness" in allowing all these terrible sufferings in his life and ministry. He knew that to serve Christ in terrible days, any faithful servant of Christ would encounter sufferings.
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The terrible and evil men that Paul described in his earlier list are mentioned again, and Paul revealed the decline "from bad to worse" that would take place as the last days hurtled to the end. The false teachers will not only deceive others, but will themselves also be deceived. This was already happening in the time of Paul, and has been happening ever since. False teachers continue to our day, and perhaps, more prominently and dangerously. Paul suffered in the hands of such men, and in the hands of their chief patron, the devil, who devised all kinds of dangerous and painful situations for the faithful apostle of Christ.


Harsh sufferings - beatings, imprisonment, stoning, false charges, and other forms of severe persecution

PHOTO: Harsh sufferings - beatings, imprisonment, stoning, false charges, and other forms of severe persecution
For his faithfulness to the gospel message, Paul suffered much. He knew his calling and was faithful to it. He also knew that as a result, suffering would be a common experience for him.
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Instead of complaining that God was "unkind" to him, Paul readily offers thanks to God when recollecting his many sufferings and hardships: "Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them" (2 Timothy 3:11). Paul was eager to talk about God's kindness in his sufferings. Such was his character that while reflecting deeply about all the pain he had to endure, he wrote: "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" (Romans 5:3-4). Paul was convinced that no pain or suffering comes our way without God's permission, and that in God's economy, no pain is wasted or meaningless, and that the sufferer is eventually the victor who gains what cannot be gained otherwise. Christian character helps one to endure suffering, and this in turn deepens Christian character.
 

Joy while suffering. While reflecting deeply about all the pain he had to endure, he wrote: 'We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope' (Romans 5:3-4).
PHOTO: Joy while suffering
While reflecting deeply about all the pain he had to endure, he wrote: "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" (Romans 5:3-4).
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In all his plentiful sufferings, Paul would have remembered what his Lord had said to His disciples: "If the world hated you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also" (John 15:18-20).


Paul would have remembered what his Lord had said to His disciples: 'If the world hated you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.'
PHOTO: Paul would have remembered what his Lord had said to His disciples: "If the world hated you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."
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As he recalled his experience with Paul, Timothy would know that this faithful and resilient apostle was consistently Christ-centred in his approach to life and ready to suffer for Christ.


Go through the list and examine your own life to see which of the characteristics you are modelling. Which of the areas are lacking in your life? Bring your reflections in prayer to the Lord.
To avoid the dangerous teachings of the false teachers that will cripple our believe in Christ, we could do as the people of Berea did; "examined the Scriptures every day to see if Paul said was true" (Acts 17:11). The Scriptures (Bible) will be the best resources for reference when information is doubtful. We pray that God somehow direct us to the correct page of the Bible.


he Bible also encourages us to have a Berean spirit (Acts 17:11)<br>The early church decided from the earliest of times that Paul's teaching in his epistles was not only sound but had apostolic authority and the scriptural quality to be added to the Scriptures.
PHOTO: The Bible also encourages us to have a Berean spirit (Acts 17:11)
The early church decided from the earliest of times that Paul's teaching in his epistles was not only sound but had apostolic authority and the scriptural quality to be added to the Scriptures.
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What is acquired and learned, regarding the terrible characteristics of people of the last days, must be discarded. They are to be replaced by practicing having integrity and faithfulness to God in everything we do. Only by this way can we stop following the terrible lifestyle of the people of the world and do the deeds that are pleasing to God. With the Holy Spirit working in us, we will be guided to prioritize doing God's will first, just like Paul's way of life.


What is acquired and learnt, regarding the terrible characteristics of people of the last days, must be discarded. They are to be replaced by practicing having integrity and faithfulness to God in everything we do. Only by this way can we stop following the terrible lifestyle of the people of the world and do the deeds that are pleasing to God. With the Holy Spirit working in us, we will be guided to prioritize doing God's will first, just like Paul's way of life.
PHOTO: What is acquired and learned, regarding the terrible characteristics of people of the last days, must be discarded. They are to be replaced by practicing having integrity and faithfulness to God in everything we do. Only by this way can we stop following the terrible lifestyle of the people of the world and do the deeds that are pleasing to God. With the Holy Spirit working in us, we will be guided to prioritize doing God's will first, just like Paul's way of life.
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Under any circumstances, we should make it our goal to please God. He would then lead us in the correct direction and our life can be worthy and pleasing to Him. One of the ways is to share the message of the gospel with those around us. Through God's help, others can also repent and avoid the terrible lifestyles of the world during this last days. Learning from others through the internet and doing reflections is another way to "strain toward what is ahead, that is, heavenward in Christ Jesus". We pray that God would provide us with patience and endurance to not lose hope, and that somehow our opponents may eventually be saved.


Learning from others through the internet and doing reflections is another way to 'strain toward what is ahead, that is, heavenward in Christ Jesus'. Under any circumstances, we should make it our goal to please God. He would then lead us in the correct direction and our life can be worthy and pleasing to Him.
PHOTO: Learning from others through the internet and doing reflections is another way to "strain toward what is ahead, that is, heavenward in Christ Jesus". Under any circumstances, we should make it our goal to please God. He would then lead us in the correct direction and our life can be worthy and pleasing to Him.
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A problem that is evident; our faith and trust in Christ is always low and insufficient to be useful in carrying out the will of the Lord. We tend to fall away rapidly in order to look after our needs when encounter with unpleasant circumstances, be it physical health or financial matters. We need help from God to strengthen our faith and trust in Him every moment in our life.


Our faith and trust in Christ is always low and insufficient to be useful in carrying out the will of the Lord. We tend to fall away rapidly in order to look after our needs when encounter with unpleasant circumstances, be it physical health or financial matters.
PHOTO: Our faith and trust in Christ is always low and insufficient to be useful in carrying out the will of the Lord. We tend to fall away rapidly in order to look after our needs when encounter with unpleasant circumstances, be it physical health or financial matters. We need help from God to strengthen our faith and trust in Him every moment in our life.
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The love for ourselves, and especially money have taken precedent compared to the Love of God. It is a fact that our flesh is still unwilling to let go of the temptations of the world and be out of the world to do the will of God. We are able to be deceived and capable to deceive others, thus committing the terrible characteristics of the world, while in the world. As Paul has pointed out, we need to stand firm and let nothing move us away from being faithful to the Lord. We pray that Christ will keep us safe and stop us from performing the terrible characteristics but instead practice divine love. The divine love that "is a flower that grows not in nature's garden" but pour out from God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has sent us.


The love for ourselves, and especially money have taken precedent compared to the Love of God. It is a fact that our flesh is still unwilling to let go of the temptations of the world and be out of the world to do the will of God. We pray that Christ will keep us safe and stop us from performing the terrible characteristics but instead practice divine love. The divine love that 'is a flower that grows not in nature's garden' but pour out from God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has sent us.
PHOTO: The love for ourselves, and especially money have taken precedent compared to the Love of God. It is a fact that our flesh is still unwilling to let go of the temptations of the world and be out of the world to do the will of God. We pray that Christ will keep us safe and stop us from performing the terrible characteristics but instead practice divine love. The divine love that "is a flower that grows not in nature's garden" but pour out from God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has sent us.
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When suffering from persecution we are in the habit of questioning why God did not provide the much needed help immediately. We pray that we are able to rejoice in our sufferings, because "suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." When we are able to endure suffering, we deepen our Christian characters, become eager to talk about God's kindness in our sufferings. We pray that from suffering we gain what cannot be gained otherwise, and bringing glory to the Lord..


'Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.' When we are able to endure suffering, we deepen our Christian characters, become eager to talk about God's kindness in our sufferings. <br>Our peace with God was purchased at great cost by Christ's sufferings and death for our sin.
PHOTO: "Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." When we are able to endure suffering, we deepen our Christian characters, become eager to talk about God's kindness in our sufferings.
Our peace with God was purchased at great cost by Christ's sufferings and death for our sin.
Painting by James J. Tissot (French artist and illustrator, 1836-1902), "Jesus Falls Beneath His Cross" (1896-1902).


Discuss how the church can teach Christians to pay attention to these areas of Christian discipleship.
The disciplining of new (and sometimes old) Christians in the fundamentals of living the Christian life has frequently been neglected in churches. Here is a great place where you can make a difference. When you lead someone to Christ, take him/her under your wing (so to speak) and show them how to be a Christian disciple. Remember, Jesus said to "teach them to observe ALL things that I have commanded you." Not some, but all. Don't worry about being a master teacher, just share your life with them.
 

When you lead someone to Christ, take him/her under your wing (so to speak) and show them how to be a Christian disciple.<br>Jesus said to 'teach them to observe ALL things that I have commanded you.' Not some, but all. Don't worry about being a master teacher, just share your life with them.
PHOTO: When you lead someone to Christ, take him/her under your wing (so to speak) and show them how to be a Christian disciple.
Jesus said to "teach them to observe ALL things that I have commanded you." Not some, but all. Don't worry about being a master teacher, just share your life with them.
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Here are four things a disciple should do:
Submit -- Romans 12:1


Disciple should submit our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
PHOTO: Disciple should submit our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
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Disciple should learn about righteousness from the Scriptures
PHOTO: Disciple should learn about righteousness from the Scriptures
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Follow -- Mark 8:34


Disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Jesus Christ (Mark 8:34)
PHOTO: Disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Jesus Christ (Mark 8:34)
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Serve -- Luke 16:13


Disciple should serve according to God's will. We should remember that  'No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.' (Luke 16:13)
PHOTO: Disciple should serve according to God's will. We should remember that  No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Luke 16:13)
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Don't let the blessing God has for us pass by and don't lose the rewards for being a faithful disciple. We pray to the Lord that we can have a different lifestyle from the word, to have characteristics that is not of the word but yet able to do God's will in the world.


Dear Lord, the Scriptures (Bible) will be the best resources for reference when information is doubtful. We pray that God somehow direct us to the correct page of the Bible. Help us do just like the people of Berea did, examined the Scriptures every day, to avoid the dangerous teachings of the false teachers that will cripple our believe in Christ.<br>With the Holy Spirit working in us, we will be guided to prioritize doing God's will first, just like Paul's way of life. Only by this way can we stop following the terrible lifestyle of the people of the world and do the deeds that are pleasing to God.<br>We pray that God would provide us with patience and endurance to not lose hope, and that somehow our opponents may eventually be saved.<br>We need help from God to strengthen our faith and trust in Him every moment in our life.<br>We pray that Christ will keep us safe and stop us from performing the terrible characteristics but instead practice divine love. The divine love that 'is a flower that grows not in nature's garden' but pour out from God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom You have sent us.<br>We pray that from suffering we gain what cannot be gained otherwise, and bringing glory to the Lord.<br>We pray to the Lord that we can have a different lifestyle from the word, to have characteristics that is not of the word but yet able to do God's will in the world. Amen!
PHOTO: "Dear Lord, the Scriptures (Bible) will be the best resources for reference when information is doubtful. We pray that God somehow direct us to the correct page of the Bible. Help us do just like the people of Berea did, examined the Scriptures every day, to avoid the dangerous teachings of the false teachers that will cripple our believe in Christ.

With the Holy Spirit working in us, we will be guided to prioritize doing God's will first, just like Paul's way of life.

Only by this way can we stop following the terrible lifestyle of the people of the world and do the deeds that are pleasing to God.

We pray that God would provide us with patience and endurance to not lose hope, and that somehow our opponents may eventually be saved.

We need help from God to strengthen our faith and trust in Him every moment in our life.

We pray that Christ will keep us safe and stop us from performing the terrible characteristics but instead practice divine love. The divine love that 'is a flower that grows not in nature's garden' but pour out from God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom You have sent us.

We pray that from suffering we gain what cannot be gained otherwise, and bringing glory to the Lord.

We pray to the Lord that we can have a different lifestyle from the word, to have characteristics that is not of the word but yet able to do God's will in the world. Amen!"
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Reflection - How Paul's life is diferent
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012



Reference
[1] From "Faithful to the end" A Preacher's Exposition of 2 Timothy, Copyright  2014 by Robert M. Solomon, ISBN 978-1-62707-241-0, PART THREE: UNLIKE THE WORLD, Chapter 9 "Christian Character in a Terrible World" (2 Timothy 3:10-17), Page 126-132.

[1a] Thomas Brooks, Previous Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trustm, 2011), 56.

[2] What Is Involved in this Equipping?, DISCIPLESHIP, hebron@equipsaints.org, http://www.equipsaints.org/equip2.htm


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