June 9, 2024

Living for Jesus in Difficult Days

Pastor: Shannon Ford Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1–17

The Value of VBS

  • Total SBC baptisms resulting from VBS - _________
  • Number of Southern Baptist congregations reporting VBS – __________
  • Total VBS enrollment – __________________
  • The number of adults who attended VBS while growing up - ____________
  • VBS is still the ____________outreach and evangelistic event in the SBC.

The Importance of VBS

  • Today’s kids are ________________________, never knowing the world without the internet, smartphones, or social media. This Generation Alpha (2010-2024) along with Gen-Zers before, are the least reached generations for Christ.
  • Today’s kids are on their phones, tablets, and gaming devices watching YouTube and TikTok videos. As a result, children between the ages of 8-10 years old spend around ____________________ per day in front of a screen.
  • Worldliness is whatever makes sin look ___________ and righteousness look ______________. Worldliness always leads you in the direction of ______________. 

1. A _________ of Difficult Days (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

“Last days” (v. 1)
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2, ESV)

a. _______________of Godlessness (3:1-5)

  • Lovers of _____________.
  • Lovers of _____________.
  • Lovers of _____________.

“Make it your goal to become more like Christ by refusing to let sin have its way, and pursuing instead that which is pure and good in the sight of God.” (Billy Graham)

b. Concern over the rise of false teachers (3:6-9)

  • Oppose _____________.
  • Corrupted _____________.  
  • Rejected _____________.

“There are ministers who never speak of repentance or self- denial. Naturally they are popular, but they are false prophets.” (J. I. Packer)

When a Nation turns its back on God, there is a total ...

  • ______________ of God.
  • ______________collapse.
  • Breakdown of _____________.

2. A _________ for Living for Christ. (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

  • ________________ Godly Leaders.
    “You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.” (vs. 10-11)
  • _______________Persecution like Jesus. (vs. 12-13)
    “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (vs. 12-13)
  • _______________a Faith Foundation in Yourself and Others.
    “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (vs. 14-15)
  • ______________ on God’s Inspired Word.
    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (vs. 16-17)  
    “The Word of God was not written to satisfy our curiosity; it was written to change our lives.” (Howard Hendricks)

Live for Jesus

The world will get worse, don’t be surprised. Tough times are coming, don’t be discouraged. It’s easier to stand strong if you don’t stand alone. Believers who build their lives on the Bible will be persecuted but they will never be defeated. Therefore, build your life on the Word of God to survive the coming hard times. Make the Bible the foundation of your life. Love it and believe it and obey it and follow it and then teach it to others.

Making It Personal:

  • Have you surrendered your life to Christ through repentance of sin and placing your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ?
  • What am I currently doing to invest in the spiritual lives of children?
  • How am I building God’s Word into my daily life?
  • What do I need to do to keep me away from the traps of worldliness?
  • What is the next step of obedience that God is calling you to take right now?

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