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How to live in hard times and still point people to Jesus
July 5, 2020

How to live in hard times and still point people to Jesus

July 5, 2020   /   Christ Independent Methodist Church

2 Timothy 3:1 ESV “¶ But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.”

2 Timothy 3:1 AMP “BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” 

Word translated “difficulty” in the ESV and “perilous” in the KJV is the Greek word ‘chalepos’.  It means dangerous, with the idea of reducing the strength of the person, difficult, hard to live through, etc.  These days takes the strength away from the person.

Matthew 24:3–8 

Romans 8:21–22 

2 Timothy 2:22–3:7 ESV “2:22 ¶ So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 

2:23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 

2:24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 

2:25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 

2:26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 

3:1 ¶ But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 

3:2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 

3:3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 

3:4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 

3:5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 

3:6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 

3:7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”

U this

will be difficult

2 Timothy 3:1

 

will be difficult 

2 Timothy 3:2-7

1 Peter 2:9 ESV “¶ But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

 

 

A this

A

2 Timothy 2:22 

 

A

2 Timothy 2:23–24 

 

A

2 Timothy 3:5

 

 

D this

 

Strive to be

2 Timothy 2:22 

Strive to keep a

2 Timothy 2:22 

Strive to keep

2 Timothy 2:23 

Strive to point  

2 Timothy 2:24–25 

 

So what do I do today?

 C!

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