Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      11/24/19
 
"Fight the Good Fight”
1 Timothy 6:11-21
 
INTRODUCTION: Paul has been instructing Timothy on how to lead a local church. He concludes his instructions with challenges and a warning. We are to embrace the struggle that leads to eternal life. We are to live with eternity in mind. We are to let nothing keep us from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our life and our resources are to bring glory to God. How do we do this? How do we fight the good fight of faith?
 
PURSUE GODLINESS AND PURITY.
 
*Live a consistent godly life of faith. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness (6:11).
 
*Embrace eternal life, endure the daily struggle with integrity, and follow the example of Jesus. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  which he will display at the proper time (6:12-15).
 
*Give God the glory due to his name. God the Father is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
 
USE YOUR WEALTH FOR KINGDOM PURPOSES.
 
*Affluent Christians should not boast about their wealth or put their trust in money. They need to rely on God who is the source of all good things. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy (6:17).
 
*Instead, Christians with wealth should use it to help others and advance God’s work in the world. That way they invest in heavenly rewards. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life (6:18-19).
 
GUARD AND SHARE THE GOSPEL.
 
*Protect the good news from false teachers and tell the truth of the gospel to everyone. O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.
Grace be with you (6:20-21).
 
Run your best in the race of faith, and win eternal life for yourself; for it was to this life that God called you when you firmly professed your faith before many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12 GNT).