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Ready! Set! Go!: A Foundation for Perseverance

First and foremost, Paul’s second letter to Timothy is a call to perseverance. Interestingly, Paul’s letter comes from prison. His encouragement to persevere is not theory, it’s testimonial. (4:6-8) It is widely held that 2 Timothy is Paul’s last letter before his death. It is my intention for us to walk through this whole book, basically verse by verse, certainly section by section for the next weeks. We have given this theme to this book: Ready, Set, Go. The idea behind this theme is two-fold. First, it is an adequate description of what is happening in this letter. This book originally is a letter from Paul to Timothy. Paul is preparing Timothy in this letter to take the baton, to assume a greater role of leadership in the life of the Church—to take his place. The second idea behind this series is for God to use this teaching to prepare our hearts for a challenge that I want to issue to you individually and to us as a church this Fall. This Fall, I will issue the challenge to “Do Something” for God that you have never done. We will talk more about that along the way. But today, let’s just dig in to this first chapter.

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Another Resurrection Story

Ezekiel prophesied from around 597 B.C. to 570 B.C. The book gives us at least 9 “sign posts” along the way to help us with the chronology of Ezekiel’s messages. Without taking you through all of these sign posts, I simply want to point out that these sign posts help us to understand the historical setting of Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry. We are reminded that the chronology of the Old Testament revolves around Israel being led off into exile as a result of their disobedience against God. This exile happened in stages. As we read the prophets of the Old Testament, it is important to note the timing of their prophecy.

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MY JOURNEY TO EASTER: Through A Question

I want to talk to you today about the resurrection, but not in a way that gives an argument for the proof of the resurrection, but in a way that asks you to make the belief personal. In fact, in my preparation for today, I came across this statement which said, “Preacher, your job on Easter Sunday is not to convince people of the resurrection. You don’t have time for that!” I have taken that to heart. I am not setting out today to convince anyone of the resurrection. Rather, in believing that many of you are already convinced to some degree in the resurrection, I want to make that truth more personal.

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MY JOURNEY TO EASTER: Through the Triumphal Entry

For a couple of weeks now, we have tried to prepare ourselves for Easter around this theme of “My Journey to Easter.” Three weeks ago, we shared together the Lord’s Supper as a way to look at Easter. Two weeks ago, we attempted to look at Easter through the lens of baptism. Then, last week, we looked at Easter through the lens of repentance, which is the fundamental idea behind the Lenten season more formally recognized in some other churches. Today, we turn our attention to the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Traditionally, we have called this Sunday Palm Sunday. Let’s give attention to the reading of God’s Holy Word.

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MY JOURNEY TO EASTER: Through Repentance

For a couple of weeks now, we have tried to prepare ourselves for Easter around this theme of “My Journey to Easter.” Two weeks ago, we shared together the Lord’s Supper as a way to look at Easter. Last week, we attempted to look at Easter through the lens of baptism. Today, I want to share with you about the word “repentance.”

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