Faithful and Useful

Text: 2 Timothy 2:20-21

Exegesis

  • Theme: Usefulness to God
  • Topic: Who is useful to God
  • Truth: A holy person is useful to God.
  • Thrust: Timothy must pursue holiness at all times so that he can be useful to God.

Exposition

  • Theme: Usefulness to God
  • Topic: Who is useful to God
  • Truth: A holy person is useful to God.
  • Thrust: Christians must pursue holiness in order to be useful to God.

Exhortation

  • Type: Truth oriented
  • Take Home Message: Faithful people are useful people.
  • Trailing question: What are the benefits of being faithful to God?
  • Talk (sermon):

A. Take-off (intro)

Sometimes trying to live a life of holiness and purity can be so difficult, especially when you are the only one among your friends or loved ones who seem to be interested in that pursuit. You often feel left out when it comes to activities that inwardly you secretly want to enjoy. Although you say no when you’re invited, deep down you ask yourself the question, “Is it really worth it?” In other words, what are the benefits of being faithful to God anyway?

B. Teaching outline (body):

  1. You will be an instrument for special purposes (v.21).
  2. You will always be prepared (v.21).

C. Touchdown (conclusion)

When it comes to God’s agenda in the world, he will always look for faithful people to use. Faithful people are always useful people. Because of your pursuit of holiness rather than wickedness you will be used by God for special purposes. In addition, you will be ready and prepared, when the opportunity comes. Opportunities to serve and honor God will always be there, but God may give it to someone else, if you are not ready. Be prepared always by pursuing a lifestyle of holiness and purity. Remember, faithful people are useful to God.

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About Bong Baylon

I'm the senior pastor of Real Life Christian Communities, located in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines.
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