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The Last Word: 2 Timothy 1:8-18

Todd WagnerFeb 21, 2021

In This Series (3)
The Last Word: 2 Timothy 1:8-18
Todd WagnerFeb 21, 2021
The Last Word: Courage in the Cold
Todd WagnerFeb 14, 2021
2 Timothy 1:1-7
David LeventhalFeb 7, 2021


When we feel timid or ashamed, what truth should we turn to? In our series The Last Word, Todd Wagner teaches through 2 Timothy 1:8-18 showing us the three things we need to remember in the face of timidity, shame, and suffering.

Key Takeaways

  • The Bible is not a rule book. It is the revelation of God.
  • There are three things present in every chapter of 2 Timothy: a call to protect and preach the Word of God, a reminder that Godly servants will suffer and persevere, and that because there will be a reward of godly servants and a judgment of all men, it is all worth it.
  • The way to not be timid or ashamed is to remember whose you are, what you are carrying on, and what you are given (2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Hebrews 11:32–12:4).
  • You have been given the Spirit of power, love, self-control, and courage.
  • You have a strength of tradition to draw upon and the honor of a tradition to preserve. You come from a long line of love.
  • You grow your faith by growing in your knowledge of God.
  • A sincere faith doesn’t shrink. It grows brighter and brighter every day (Proverbs 4:18-19).
  • Whatever kindness God has for you He has already waiting. Your prayer should be that you would be faithful in your waiting not that God will show Himself faithful.
  • Pray that you would know Him and pray you would be faithful your fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:8-11).
  • “Today Christianity in the Western world is what its leaders were in the recent past and is becoming what its present leaders are. The local church soon becomes like its pastor.” – A.W. Tozer
  • Christianity is a team sport but there are individual honors and individual accountability (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 22:12).
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you have failed…pick up your shield and carry it again (2 Timothy 1:2).
  • God doesn’t love you because you are perfect. He loves you because He is God.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Do you know what God has called you to? How is God calling you to protect and preach the Word of God in your life?
  • Do you feel like you have failed? How does the good news of Jesus encourage you to keep going?

Other Mentioned or Recommended Resources

  • Suggested Scripture study: 2 Timothy 1:8-18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Matthew 10:16-20; John 15:18-20; Matthew 5:10-12; Proverbs 22:1; Hebrews 11:32-12:4; Proverbs 4:18-19; Matthew 5:16; Matthew 6:22-23; Philippians 3:8-11; Ephesians 1:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:1-3; Revelation 2:1-5; 1 Timothy 1:15-19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Galatians 6:1-2; Isaiah 42:17; Isaiah 44:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 22:12; 2 Timothy 1:2; Proverbs 24:16; Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:55–58; Acts 26:16–18; Jeremiah 1:17–19
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