2 Timothy 1:1-7  Fan the Flame


Intro: Here at CCV 90% of the time we are teaching verse by verse thru books of the Bible. 

A) In a Somewhat Systematic fashion.


Ex. Wed nights working our way thru the OT

1 Chronicles currently


B) Sunday mornings working our way thru NT – 5 books to finish. 2 Tim / Titus / James / Jude / Matthew.


C) Before John we left off in studied 1 Timothy –


D)That is where we are picking up today. 


Always intriquing to me where the Lord has us in Scripture as it relates to the life of our Church.

A)We are moving into a season – Late summer – break ground on the new Property


B) 6-9 months of building – April – July move in.


C) With the new building will come many more Ministry opportunities –

1) In the body, in the community, in our School.


D) Also many more challenges - 



SO where does the Lord have us in Scripture Next 5-6 mths on Wed 1,2 Chronicles – Writing to a Remnant – returned mission  Rebuild temple and the city –


Writing to encourage them of the Faithfulness of God – Walk by faith – stay the course. / Revivals

Blessings for trusting – Good word for us


Next 5-mths Sunday am 2 Timothy/ Titus - All about leadership! Building up leaders

Again Good for us – God raising up equipping



One of the things I love about being the Pastor of this Church is that there are so many of you who involved in Ministry – you serve – you are givers –

A)I tell the guys in the shepherds School – you are in the ministry – not something you espire to – YOU ARE


B) If God calls you to do it FULL TIME – that is up to him!


C) Here’s the thing  we are all leaders in some respect – Work

1) Family / Ministry -


Begin 2 Timothy today – here is what I want you to keep in mind

A)Title this series of messages Encouragement for Leaders { 


3 Themes I want us to keep in mind as we work thru this.

#1  16 specific encouragements Paul gives to Timothy in these 4 Chapters.

A)See every single one of us – who are in ministry have experienced some degree of difficulty – doubt – feelings of inadequacy –


B) So the things that Paul writes to Timothy are ment to radically encourage us in the Lord - 

1) 16 specific charges given to Timothy.


#2 Catch Paul’s heart:

A)See as we go thru this I also want us to catch the heart of Paul – his approach to young Timothy – his approach to one who was stuggling


B))Tremendous insight for those of us who find ourselves in a role of leading others


#3 Subplot – We learn from Paul’s words here – How a person who has ran well for Christ faces death.



Paul is writing from Prison:

A)Tough times had fallen on the Apostle Paul since the writing of 1 Timothy.


B)When he first wrote to Timothy he was on the road, hoping to visit him in Ephesus.


C) But now finds himself in Prison again:  Paul endured two periods of imprisonment.…

D)Recall how the Book of Acts closes with Paul under house arrest in Rome.

1)Although he was linked to a guard at all times, he lived in his own quarters and was able to have visitors.


E)) Today Paul might have had one of those Ankle bracelet monitors to monitor his whereabouts. 


After his release from house arrest, Paul embarked on  another missionary journey, probably into Spain. A)Upon his return to Rome, he was arrested a second time.


B)This time, however, Paul was put in a dark, damp dungeon. Why?

1)The reason most probably lies with the then-emperor of Rome—Caesar Nero.…


C) Ceaser Nero had a desire to rebuilt Rome – Most historians Believe that Nero – set fire to Rome AD 64

1)He blamed the fires on the Christians


D) He declared that -

“These Christians are always talking about being the light of the world,” he said, “but really they’re nothing but a bunch of arsonists and cannibals”—referring to Communion.


So Paul returns to Rome during a great deal of Hostility toward the Church.

A)He was placed this time into a Mammertime type Prison – hole in the ground – cold/ dark / damp


B)Eventually, Caesar Nero would ride through his palace grounds, shrieking with glee, as he watched Christians lit as human torches.


C)Why did Nero descend to such depths of insanity? Historical evidence points to the fact that Nero went insane after he had a discussion with Paul the apostle.


Church history indicates that Paul was indeed brought into a discussion with Nero before he was beheaded.


Thus, it was at the point that Nero rejected the gospel that he seemingly lost his mind.


Awaiting trial before Caesar Nero, Paul picks up his pen for the last time.…

A)He is writing in one sense to Pass the Baton of Ministry to his young friend Timothy is the man!


B)Paul’s writing here is intensely personal.

1) It is his last will and testament, “written,” as Calvin said, “not merely in ink but in Paul’s life blood.”


C)Passion and urgency ooze from Paul’s pen as he addresses Timothy.

Alexander MacLaren “Paul takes Timothy to his heart as his beloved child. The captain stoops to embrace the private”

Here is what is amazing to me!

A) Paul is all alone He is in a cold dark damp prison cell – only Luke is with him


B)You would think that Timothy would be writing to encourage Paul.

1) but instead it is Paul writing to encourage.


V.1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,


The fact that the letter begins somewhat formerly with Paul taking the time to identify himself as an Apostle – reminds us that this was written for more than Timothy’s consumption. –


A)It would be a word of encouragement and instruction for the early Church and the Church as a whole – passed down thru the centuries.


B) Being on the internet – and on the Radio – sometimes  alters not what I say, but the way I say it.


C) Paul an apostle of JC – How ? By the will of God

1) What had he been made an apostle for? To make known the promise of the life which is in Christ.


Isn’t that the very thing that everyone in the world is looking for? The Promise of Life.

A)Paul says It is found solely in Jesus –


B) That was the message that Paul got to share

PT. People are searching for life – Site quotes and possible examples


2 To Timothy, a beloved son:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

A)It is interesting to me that Paul adds mercy to this greeting: Usually grace and peace


B) Why Mercy?  I think because a minister not only needs an abundance of Grace –

1)Grace = getting what you don’t deserve –

2)it speaks of the resources that are found in Christ to walk the Christian walk and to minister –


C)But we also need an abundance of Mercy – because we constantly make mistakes – hear wrong etc . Mercy is not getting what you do deserve.


D)Paul adds this I believe for this reason.

1)The Standard for the minister is high but the need for Mercy is huge


E)For the rest of our time today I want to consider 4 ways that Paul sought to encourage Timothy.



#1 Paul encouraged Timothy by Praying for Him.

                           RD V.3-4

Paul was thankful to have him as a Son in the ministry.

A)I think the greatest thrill of ministry is watching people served – go out and be used of God.


B) I think of the pp in my life – I have had the priviledge of having some influence on -

1)For many their time here was just a platform for them to grow and blossom.


C) Watch them grow – you watch them Venture out


My Sons and daughters – Proud of: Lorn in Missouri – Sills brothers / Paul W in Washington. Jeanna Combs England, Jim & Margie Hungary, Marc O Florida John Morten – Illinois Jason D and Dave Andersen Texas. Robert Nettles – LA Nelson Wisconsin, Phil McKay – Costa Rica / Evan Charlie


D) Love it when musicians remember their time here

Album acknowledgements – Jeremy Camp / Phil W./ remembering their roots – showing appreciation


When Paul looked at Timothy He was thankful for what God was doing in Him / thru Him.

A)The paragraph begins, "I thank God," but that is really a rather weak rendering of what the Greek says.


B) It should be, "When I think about you, Timothy, I have joy in God."

1) Paul’s Joy was in what God was accomplishing in and thru his young friend.

C))What God was doing with Timothy motivated Paul to pray all the more for Him.


D))I hate to admit that prayer is not the first thing that I would want to do in Paul’s situation.

1) I wonder if it took him a few days to come to that state of mind – My flesh is so weak.


D) Great example for us!

1)Perhaps you feel imprisoned by past decisions. “I can’t believe I married him.


E)The Lord could have used me on the mission field. I could have done great things for the kingdom.

1) But here I am, stuck washing his underwear and socks.” What can you do? Do what Paul did.


F) Use the opportunity of folding laundry to pray night and day, for that’s the most powerful ministry there is.


If you’re stuck in a boring job or difficult relationship, don’t try to find a way out.

A)Instead see the dungeon as your prayer Chamber – Pray night and day.


B)I am so thankful for those who Pray!


Dungeon is a Physical Condition:

C) I believe there is a great reward waiting for those in heaven – who supported ministry thru Prayer.

1) Couldn’t go – So they Prayed – Powerful

A)I do not know when Timothy wept with Paul.


B)Many suggest, and I think this has merit, that this probably occurred when Paul was suddenly rearrested, torn from Timothy's company,dragged off to Rome.


C) The memory of Timothy’s tearful love made the old apostle’s heart ache for Timothy’s presence

1)This makes Paul’s later poignant plea, “Get here before winter” (4:21), even more heart felt.


D)I see a tenderness in Paul’s dealing with Timothy that blows me away – convicts me


Timothy was very different from Paul.

A)Paul was a dynamo – the last thing Paul was, was a whiner.


B)He had been thru so much – beaten innumerable times,  shipwrecked several times, forsaken often, imprisoned often, threatened always.


C) Timothy on the other had – was Timid by nature

1)He had a weak constitution. He had frequent ailments and a weak stomach (cf. 1 Timothy 5:23


D) He was naturally shy—what today we would call an introvert.

1) On one occasion Paul wrote to the Corinthians,



 “If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. No one, then, should refuse to accept him” (1 Corinthians 16:10, 11a).


E) It seems that Timothy was a guy who was easily intimidated.


I have to admit I was convicted by Paul’s sensitivity here:. 

A) Paul had been thru so much and the last thing you would think that he would have is patience for someone like Timothy who was sickly, who was Timid who was shy.



C)I found myself in hearing Paul’s heart thinking – Lord Jesus make me more like you – make me more sympathetic – patient – more of an encourager.


So often my mentality is quit whining suck it up and press on. You need to get tougher

A). And maybe that was true of Timothy and Paul will definitely in this letter encourage him to that end


B) Paul in Ch.2  tell him of his need to endure hardship as a good solider of Jesus Christ –

1) be disciplined as an athelete


C)but the way in which he does it is so tender. My heart was stirred by this.

#2 Paul encourages Timothy by affirming that his faith was Genuine.

5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.


A)The word Genuine here is Sincere. Without Hypocrisy.


B) Paul was blessed by the Genuiness of Timothy’s faith


C)One of the things I love about this Church is that so many of you have a Genuine faith – no playing Church – not fair weather believers – not pretending


D) Genuine faith is such a great thing to see!


Timothy had a good example of Genuine faith { Mom and Grandmother

A)Reminds me of the four scholars who were arguing over Bible translations.

One said he preferred the King James Version because of its beautiful, eloquent old English.



Another said he preferred the American Standard Bible for its literalism, the way it moves the reader from

passage to passage with confident feelings of accuracy from the original text.



A third man preferred Moffatt because of its quaint, penetrating use of words, the turn of a phrase that captures the attention of the reader.


After giving the issue further thought, the fourth scholar admitted, "I have personally preferred my mother's translation."


When the other scholars chuckled, he responded, "Yes she translated it. She translated each page of the Bible into life. It is the most convincing translation I ever saw."

B)The greatest thing we can do for our kids is to Live what we believe – 2nd is to Pray.


When Dr. R.A. Torrey (1st Dean of BIOLA) was a young man, he had no faith in God or the Bible.


His mother, however, was a devout Christian who constantly prayed for his conversion and often witnessed to him.

One day he said to her, "I don't want to hear about my sins and your prayers; I'm going to leave and not bother you any more."


With tear-filled eyes the woman followed him to the gate and pleaded with him to change his mind.


But he would not be detained. Frantically she cried, "Son, you are going the wrong way, but when you come to the end of your rope and everything seems hopeless, call upon your mother's God with all your heart and He will surely help you!"


After Torrey left home, he went deeper into the ways of sin. One night in a hotel room he was unable to sleep.

A)Problems mounted and depression grew – He came to the pt where he was going to take his own life.


B)Gun in hand – ready to blow his brains out – He remembered his mothers’ last words: 

Convicted by the Holy Spirit, he fell on his knees and cried out, "O God of my mother, if there is such a Being, I need Your help. If You will give it to me, I'll follow You!"


C)In a moment his darkened heart was illumined, and peace filled his soul.

1) R.A. Torrey would  become an outstanding evangelist who led thousands to Christ!


D)Are you discouraged because your children or teenagers aren't interested in the things of the Lord?

1)Keep praying for them, loving them, and living a consistent life before them.


E)Never underestimate the power of parental witness!  /  And the power of Parental Prayer!


#3 Paul encourages Timothy by reminding him of his calling and gifting.

6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Stir up Ana/zoo/pureo = Kindle afresh ana = up, back or again + zoos = alive + pur = fire)

A)It means to to keep in full flame.. Add fresh fuel.


B) The Charge is in the present tense which conveys the sense of progressive, continuous action.

1) Keep kindling the gift afresh or make it your aim to continually keep it at full flame.


C)Now we need to be careful not to conclude that Timothy’s fire had gone out.

1) Such a view is inconsistent with Paul's statement in verse 5. Genuine Faith.


The Present tense of the appeal also lets us know that the appeal is preventative rather than corrective. A)Timothy is to keep the flame blazing at white heat as he has been doing.


B)It is not an implied rebuke for neglect but a fatherly appeal bravely to continue in the face of serious difficulty.

1)So it is not a wake up call to Timothy but rather an encouragement to use his muscles – keep fit and sharp


Quote: All fires die out unless from time to time they are stirred up!

An untended fire finally becomes ashesfan the flame! (Pulpit commentary)

General Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once sent this message to those under him

"The tendency of fire is to go out; watch the fire on the altar of your heart."


Anyone who has prepared a campfire for warming or cooking is fully aware that the coals need to be stirred up occasionally.

A)As long as the coals are glowing, they can be stirred up into a full blaze.


B)Paul is saying in essence "Timothy you can’t be passive and expect the effects of your spiritual gift to just happen.

1) Keep fanning to flame the 'coal' which is already glowing.


C)It's your responsibility to keep rekindling your spiritual gift."  


Wiersbe writes that

"Timothy did not need any new spiritual ingredients in his life; all he had to do was “stir up” what he already had. Paul had written in his first letter, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee” (1Timothy 4:14). Now he added, “Stir up—stir into flame—the gift of God.”)


How do we do that?

A)Keep in the word – God’s word is like fuel to the fire.  It is ment to ignite our hearts

                                       2 Peter 3:1

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder.


B) But it is more than just Learning:

1) Deception:  I am growing – because I am learning – no grow happens by exercise

2)) You use it – put it into action


C)Keep being stretched – Keep stepping out – Get involved Serve

1) Never get comfortable!  Change things up


D)In Ministry: Try new things -

1)Speaking at Conference. – Teach something new – new style for me. - 

2)Week a way – Why did I say yes. –


E)Devotions – Avoid ruts – Stir up OT/NT

2) Word Studies


F)Stir up the gift by being active – Using it –


Vance Havner summed up Paul's exhortation to Timothy in this way: 

“We must stir up the gift of God within us, that we may be burning and shining lights.  But it is the dynamic of the Spirit, not human enthusiasm‑old Adam worked up to a high pitch. Stir carries the idea of kindling the flame‑doctrine that we may believe, discipline that we may behave, dynamic that we may burn! That is the true New Testament Timothy, believing, behaving, burning!”

Sitr up by being around others who are on fire!

Hebrews  10:24-25

 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.



So for Timothy this was not a Charge to wake up – to revive that which had died

A)But maybe it does need to be that for you today.


The only other use in Scripture is from the Septuagint translation of Genesis where anazopureo is used to translate the Hebrew word for "revived" which describes old Jacob's reaction as he became convinced that his son Joseph was really alive...


B)News of Joseph caused Jacob to be rekindled in his spirit, to have the old flames stirred up to full blaze.

1) This revelation of Joseph added "fuel" to the dying embers and he became "active" Alive again!)"


C) You today: Love of Christ – Promise of Life

1) Light the fire again


# 4 Paul encourages Timothy by reminding him of his resources

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Come back to this next week: The Lord doesn’t want us proud – but he does want us confident –


B)Not a Spirit of fear – but of Power.


C) Not incompetent – feeling inadequate – But compassionate – Leading in love


D)Not controlled by feelings and emotions – blown by the wind – By marked by self Control


E) Paul is telling Timothy – and Us – I have given you thru my Spirit – what you need to fulfill what I have called you to do!