To Timothy – Part 4
July 5, 2020
Opposition of a Leader
It should come as no when we encounter opposition as spiritual leaders.
2 Timothy 1:15
15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
2 Timothy 4:14
14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
1 Thessalonians 2:18-20
18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
What do we do when we encounter opposition?
- Find the
James 1: 2-4
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
2. Repent if
Acts 8: 22-23
22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.
Hebrews 12:6 (CEV)
The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own.
3. Love your
2 Timothy 2: 24-26
24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms