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My Responsibility to the Gospel

November 21, 2009

Last Spring I taught a Bible study on 2nd Timothy.  In the study we were asked to review Scripture that revealed the way in which Paul viewed his responsibility to the gospel.  At the end of the lesson we were then asked to journal what this meant in our life.  What was my responsibility to the gospel?  This is what I wrote in my journal.

What is the treasure?

  • Gospel – good news
    • Christ died for our sins, He was buried and raised on the 3rd day and many witnesses saw Him alive. (I Cor. 15:3-8)
    • Repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21)
    • The grace of God (Acts 20:24)
    • The whole purpose of God (Acts 20:27)
    • The power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16)
    • Not of man but of God.  We receive it from God and God’s Word (Gal. 1:11-18)

 

How do we guard the treasure/gospel?

  • Do not shrink from declaring the gospel, do not be ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16, Acts: 20, 27, 2 Tim. 1:8)
  • Communicate the gospel to all (Acts 20:21, Romans 1:14)
  • Don’t worry about your life but finish the course (Acts 20:24)
  • Be on alert for those who will attempt to pervert and corrupt the gospel (Acts 20:28-30)
  • God and His Word of grace will build you up in order to communicate the gospel (Acts 20:32)
  • Don’t try to be clever with your words when communicating the message of the gospel so as not to devalue the Cross of Christ (I Cor. 1:17)
  • Retain the Standard of Sound words (2 Tim. 1:13)
  • Accurately handle the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15)
  • The Spirit of God does the persuading, not our cleverness.  We must rely on the Holy Spirit and not our own strength (I Cor. 2:1-7, 2 Tim. 1:14)
  • We must be trustworthy (I Cor. 4:1-2)
  • Communicating the gospel is not a voluntary thing we do, but we are compelled to tell others of the good news.  It is a task given to us by God. (I Cor. 9:16-18)
  • We must see the circumstances (including suffering) that God places us in as an opportunity to reveal His gospel. We should look and seize the opportunity by His grace (I Cor. 15:9-10, Phil 1:12, 2 Tim. 1:8)
  • We are to be in prayer as we seek to communicate the gospel (Phil 1:4)
  • We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ by standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel (Phil. 1:27)
  • Entrust the gospel to faithful men who are able to teach others (2 Tim. 2:2)
  • Be gentle in correcting those who don’t know the truth so that they may be led to the truth (2 Tim. 2:25)
  • Do not argue which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers (2 Tim. 2:14)
  • Avoid ungodly men who are always learning and are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 3:7)

Why do we guard the treasure/gospel?

  • It is profitable to the hearers (Acts 20:19)
  • In the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith (the righteous man shall live by faith) (Romans 1:17)
  • To encourage those who have received the gospel to remain faithful (Gal. 1:6-9)
  • So that we may be sincere and blameless until the returning of Christ (Phil. 1:10)
  • To give others the courage to speak the Word of God without fear (Phil 1:14)
  • To live is Christ and die is gain (Phil. 1:21-26)
  • All Scripture is inspired by God for reproof, correction, training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16)

Where are we to guard the treasure/gospel?

  • In all the world – (Matt. 28:16-20)
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2009 8:09 AM

    I *love* all your scripture references. So different and GOOD for me to write actual words found in scripture rather than trying to reword it myself. Much more effective and meaningful. Thanks, friend.

    • Jennifer permalink*
      November 22, 2009 10:06 PM

      I don’t know if I agree that the way I wrote the assignment was better than rewording it in your own words. When you reword it you really have to think about the meaning and internalize the concept. The way I did it was just different, not better. 🙂

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