TIMOTHY

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

Do you ever get afraid, shy, fearful of people & situations?

        What causes the most fear in you?

        Have you learned how to have victory over it?

 

Some pastors so courageous, outgoing, nothing stops them

Others quiet, shy, fearful, introverts, seem wrong for ministry,

MY NAME IS TIMOTHY        Have you ever heard of me?

 

I. BACKGROUND

FATHER: unsaved Greek

MOTHER: Godly Jew – Eunice

GRANDMOTHER: Godly Jew – Lois

“Timothy” = “honored of God” – shows:     

Father not anti-God, let Eunice use name “Timothy,

Any of You not have a godly father to help you grow

Hometown: LYSTRA

CHILDHOOD: good Jew upbringing, taught OT II Tim 1:5; 3:15

 

1 MJ Paul led Tim, Lois & Eunice (mo) to salv Acts 14:6-19

        stay at their home (hospitable, well to do)

        Paul recover from stoning?

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH PAUL

Paul ‘adopted’ him, -spiritual father & mentor  (Phil 2:22)

Shy, fearful, insecure  (opposite of Paul)

 

INFLUENCE OF FATHER UPON BOYS

Timothy’s father not involved in life (for whatever reason)

Boy needs from father:      Correct view of what a man is

 

PHYSICALLY weak constitution, frail

EMOTIONALLY weak, fearful, shy, insecure (opp of Paul)

 

 

II. TRAINING

 

A. TRAVELING WITH PAUL

2 MJ when Tim left with Paul  = 50 AD  16-25 yrs old

        Ordained when traveled with Paul on 2MJ         = 51 AD

        I Timothy written    (29 yrs old)                     = 64 AD

        II Timothy written   (31 yrs old)                     = 66 AD

B. SPIRITUALITY

SPIRITUAL GIFTS        good rep among Christians  Acts 16:2

        church leader (Ephesus, etc)

        evangelist  II Tim 4:5) – church planter and growth

        deep spiritual commitment

 

C. PERSONALITY

timid, fearful, stomach problems (1 Cor 16:10-11)

OVERLY SENSITIVE, young, shy, sensitive

 

CHURCH PROBLEMS TIMOTHY FACED

WOMEN getting out of place, bossy  I Tim 2:11-15

DISORDER in church among people  I Tim 3:14-15

SIN TO CORRECT in lives of some  I Tim 4:6

PERSONAL CRITICISM for age, shyness, etc  I Tim 4:12-16

GOSSIP and criticism of leaders rampant  I Tim 5:19

POWER STRUGGLES among people in church  I Tim 5:21-22

GOSSIP ABOUT TIMOTHY: IMMATURE, ETC  I Tim 6:11-14

WANT TO QUIT, LEAVE Ephesus

 

Result: stomach problems from stress, nerves  I Tim 5:23

Paul encourages him to not be fearful, timid (2 Tim 1:6)

        FEAR big problem for men always (hide it)

                Saul: insecure,    AB ISAAC call Saran sister

                Gideon: Judges 6        10 SPIES in land

        POWER: authority from God alone, fear from flesh/Satan

        LOVE: only real antidote to fear Perfect love casts fear. 

        SELF-DISCIPLINE:  go by mind, not emotions

 

 

Not a person anywhere ever who doesn’t battle FEAR

        different fears, shown in different ways

                pastors: fear of failure (all men … everyone)

        ALL have it because sin separates us from God

             something missing, only found in God

GOOD FEAR  motivate to do right (like guilt, anger, etc)

SINFUL FEAR  Circumstances, Loss of control, Criticism

 

FEAR FLEES FROM THE CROSS

Doesn’t come from God:  II Timothy 1:7 

If believe God is in charge/control, then nothing to fear!

Satan causes, uses fear – gives access to demonic

 

III. MINISTRY

Sent from Berea to Thess  Acts 17:14; I Thes 3:2

        MENTORING Silas & Timothy

With Silas, joined Paul at Corinth  Acts 18;5; I Thes 3:6

With Paul at Corinth  I Thes 1:1; II Thes 1:1

Sent to Thessalonica to strengthen their faith  I Thes 3:2

        First time Tim mentioned on his own

With Paul at Ephesus  Acts 19:22

Jesus-Paul-Timothy-Erastus-other—me

Sent to Macedonia & Corinth   I Cor 4:17; 16:10

With Paul in Macedonia  II Cor 1:1

With Paul in Corinth  Rom 16:21  2 Cor 1:19

Went with Paul from Corinth to Asia Minor  Acts 20:4

        GROUP GROWING – Tim one of leaders, mentoring With Paul in Rome #1  Col 1:1; Philem 1; Phil 1:1

Paul wanted to sent him to Philippi  Phil 2:19

Left in charge of church in Ephesus  I Tim  (64 AD,  13 yrs)

TOUGH church – strong women, weak men, worldly people,

 

How many of you ever have gotten discouraged?

        Does it happen often?  discouraged now?

 

 

CONDITIONS PRODUCING DISCOURAGEMENT

1. FATIGUE tired, worn out, not eat, sleep, exercise right

2. PRESSURE  to grow church, etc.

3. LACK OF RESULTS  no new people, growth, maturity, etc. 

4. FAMILY PROBLEMS Difficulties with children, mate

5. SIN IN LIFE  Something defeating you can’t get victory over

 

SOLUTION: stay faithful, keep eyes on God 1 Tim 1:18-19 

 

Went to join Paul in Rome (Prison #2)  (66 AD)  31 yrs old

 

PAUL’S ADVICE:  2 Tim 4:2  Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage– with great patience and careful instruction.

“CORREST, REBUKE” = those wrong – even elders, women

“ENCOURAGE” = those right – hard in a different way

 

IV. END OF LIFE

Continued to minister in Ephesus until martyred

 

TIMOTHY’S SERVICE

 

1. HE HAD A SERVANT HEART (willing to serve, not be served Acts 19:22)

 

2. HE WAS AVAILABLE (for years willing to go where God wanted  Acts 20:4)

 

3. HE WAS TEACHABLE  (hunger & thirst to learn all he could from Paul  2 Tim 3:10-11)

 

4. HE WAS LIKE-MINDED  (shared Paul’s goals and motives, faithfully reproduced Paul & God’s will and desire Phil 2:19-20)

 

5. HE WAS FAITHFUL  (not just knew Paul’s teachings & goal, but put into practice 1 Cor 4:17)

 

6. HE WAS A REPRODUCER  (patterned own life after Paul, trained others to do same 2 Tim 2:2; 1 Thes 3:2)

 

SUMMARY OF MINISTRY

traveling from one problem area to another

friendship to Paul most important (closest friend, loved most)

 

DEATH: martyred under Domitian or Nerva (97AD)  62 yrs old

 

How do you handle the fears you face?

How do you get victory over discouragement?

 

CLOSING PRAYER     

THOSE HERE who are struggling with FEAR         

DISCOURAGED

 

 

 

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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