2 Tim. 4:1-4 ILL TAKE THE OLD PATHS
Intro: Ill. Jer. 6:16. Ill. We need the old paths, because only those
paths handed down by God will get the job done for Jesus. We live in a
dangerous time, a time when men have chosen to leave the old paths behind
and walk in ways of their own invention. Many mainstream
denominations have walked away from the path of godliness and sound
doctrine, and have headed down the path of worldliness and manmade
doctrine. (Ill. The statement by Jimmy Carter!) It is obvious that some Baptists
are willing to abandon the old paths as well. Let me stand forth tonight
and say that I am not! We still believe and preach the same doctrines
handed down to us by the Apostles. I dont know what you want to do,
but Ill take the old paths! (Ill. How we got what we have 2
Tim. 2:2). Listen in a Paul gives Timothy some timely advise about walking
in the old paths.
I. v. 1-2 A CHARGE TO GODS MEN
A. A Military Command An order, not an option!
B. A Day of Reckoning (2 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14:12.) The
prospect of judgment calls for faithfulness toward God, fearlessness
before men and it encourages us to go on for the glory of God!
B. The Charge:
1. Preach the Word (Ill. A Herald declaring the words
of a king!) (Ill. Stick to the book!)
2. Be Ready and Urgent Use every opportunity and always
press for a decision.
3. Reprove (Conviction) - Sin must be pointed out!
(Ill. Not popular, but right)
4. Rebuke (Warning) - Men need to know sins outcome
(Ill. Not popular, but right!)
5. Exhort (Appeal) - Encouragement and pointing out
a biblical solution.
6. Long-suffering (Patience) People may not
respond immediately, but keep preaching.
7. Doctrine (Feeding) All real preaching is
explanation and application of Bible doctrine. (People need to be
II. v.3 A CHALLENGE TO GODS MESSAGE
A. They Refuse Gods Word (Ill. Some Disciples
Jn. 6:66) (Ill. Some want a carnival!)
B. They Gather Teachers People who will say what they
want to hear. (Ill. Crowds are not always a sign of Gods blessings!)
C. They Have Wrong Desires They do not want the truth!
They get what they want instead of what they need.
D. These Days Are Our Days Ill. People are more religious
than ever, but they do not know Jesus! 2 Tim. 3:1-7.
III. v.4 A CHANGE FROM GODS METHODS
A. A Conscious Choice (They shall turn) Many simply do
not want the truth!
B. A Faulty Replacement (Ill. Nothing can save
but Jesus John 14:6!)
C. Ill. What people will believe and still reject the truth of the
Word of God! Ill. It is truly stupid!
Conc: Tonight, lets make a vow before Almighty God that we will
always walk in the old paths. Forget what other churches are doing, we
need to keep ourselves in the center of Gods plan, always doing His
will His way!