2 TIMOTHY 4:1-5


1.   The charge Paul made to Timothy to “preach the word” consisted of the Scriptures being taught in their entirety.

2.   Too many so-called preachers are not preaching at all, but rather scratching the itching ears of the listeners.

3.   If I were to preach but only one sermon, with the world as my audience, it would be this one.



A.     I would declare to those listening of the beauty and majesty of our Creator.

1.        My text would be the first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

2.         I would declare boldly that: “In six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is” (Exodus 20:11).

3.        The folly of the atheistic evolutionist and the theistic evolutionist would be exposed: “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6).

B.     I would preach about the goodness of God.

1.         I would repeat what Paul told the Athenians on Mars Hill: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts 17:11).

2.         The goodness of God is exemplified in that only good things come from Him: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

3.         The goodness of God is exemplified no better than through His love in sending His Son: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).


A.      I would declare the Deity of Christ.

1.         I would speak of His Deity with the words of John: 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-3, 14).

2.         There are over three hundred prophecies of the Christ in the Old Testament Scriptures that were fulfilled in Jesus.

B.     I would preach on His sinless & compassionate life.

1.         The Hebrew writer declared: “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

2.         His compassion was shown to those who crucified Him: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).


A.      I would preach on the promise that He would build His church.

1.         He told Peter: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

2.         The fact that Jesus said He would build His church shows that He would not be thwarted by men.

B.        I would preach that Jesus only built one church.

1.         Paul said there was only one body, and the body is the church (Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1:18).

2.         Denominationalism is not according to the Scriptures, and thus sinful.

3.         Paul told the Corinthians: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).


A.        I would preach that the Bible is our final authority in all matters.

1.         Paul told Timothy: 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

2.         Since the Bible is the final authority for all we do in life, we should follow its authority: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

B.        I would preach that the Bible is the power of God that leads us to salvation.

1.         Just as Paul did to the Romans: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

2.         It is also declared how powerful the Word really is: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).


A.        I would preach the plan of salvation in its entirety and purity.

1.         Hearing the Gospel is the first step on the road to salvation (Romans 10:17).

2.         Believing the Gospel is the next step (John 8:24).
3.         Renting of past sins is the next step (Acts 17:31). 

             4.         Confessing that Jesus is the Christ is the next step (Acts 8:37).

             5.         Be baptized for the remission of sins is the next step (Mark 16:16).

6.         Living a faithful life to God because of everything that has been preached thus far is the final step (Revelation 2:10).

B.        I would let the world know that salvation comes only by one being IN Christ, and unless one is in Christ they are not in a saved condition.


1.         The last sermon of any Gospel preacher should consist of these things.

2.         The world needs to hear them while there is still time to heed the warnings.

3.         The timeless truths of Jehovah have not changed.


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