Sermon on 1 Timothy 4:12 – Be An Example

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Sermon on 1 Timothy 4:12

INTRODUCTION: 1 Timothy 4:12

1. Someone is watching you.

2. Ancient orators taught that, to be heard, the speaker had to apply PATHOS, LOGOS and ETHOS. People watch to see if what you do matches with what you say.

3. Timothy was being watched. So Paul could teach others how to live through Timothy.

4. He instructs, commands: Be an example!.

DISCUSSION: Be an example!

I.   IN WHAT YOU SAY. “In Word”

1. The standard is truth, John 17:17.

1) As the oracles of God, 1 Pet. 4:11.

2) Agreeing with Scripture, the Word, 2 Tim. 3:16; 4:2.

3) Speaking by the authority of Jesus, Col. 3:17.

4) Speaking truth, Eph. 4:15.

2. The standard is love.

1) Truth in LOVE, Eph. 4:15.

2) With GRACE, Col. 4:6.

3. The standard is purity.

1) Not corrupt but edifying, Eph. 4:29. (Dobie)

2) Idle words don’t meet the standard, Matt. 12:36.

II.  IN HOW YOU LIVE. “In Conversation” (Acts 1:1)

1. Paul describes what he means by “in conversation.”

1) How you love, “In Charity.”

a. Lay down your life, 1 John 3:16-18.

b. See need, give.

c. 1 Cor. 13.

d. No longer a thief but a giver. Work to give. Eph. 4:28

2) In Your Attitude (Zeal). “In Spirit.”

a. Consider the example of Stephen, Acts 6:9-10.

b. The Christians who were scattered, Acts 8:4.

c. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Dan. 3:16-18.

d. The kind of attitude it takes to preach in season and out of season.

3) In Your Faith. “In Faith.”

a. Like Abraham, Rom. 4:19-21.

b. Like Paul, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

c. Paul describes the example as “stedfast, unmovable, abounding in the work,” (1 Cor. 15:51-58)

4) In Your Purity. “In Purity.”

a. Part of “pure religion.” (James 1:27)

b. We become pure by leaving behind the sins of the flesh and by the blood of Jesus, 1 Cor. 6:9-11

CONCLUSION: 1 Timothy 4:12

1. We are to be examples. Timothy was commanded to be an example but that implies that others were to follow his example, and become examples.

2. If someone were to follow your lead, where would they end? Heaven and blessing? Or Hell and misery?

3. If you are not the example you ought to be today…

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6 Responses to “Sermon on 1 Timothy 4:12 – Be An Example”

  1. l. hart says:

    We all need to be lights for those who sit in darkness

  2. Rev. Michael Gbenday says:

    Theb of the christian is enough to change the entire world even without a crusade. So let christian be good examples.

  3. MARLENE WILLIAMS says:

    THIS IS AN EXTREMELY GOOD SERMON THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD HEAR PRESENTLY I AM PREPARING A MESSAGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY FROM JAMES 1 AND THIS HAS HELPED ME A GREAT DEAL.

    JAMAICA WEST INDIES

  4. sermon outlines are good!

  5. Y. Davies says:

    The best summary of the Gospel of Christ.

  6. Ronald Thompson says:

    I am teaching on this same topic,and this outline will help me. God bless!

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