(2 Timothy 4:6-8)
I. To finish well, keep a proper view of the present. (2Timothy 4:6)
A. Discipleship: Paul could finish well because he had trained others. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:3-5)
B. Sacrifice: Paul could finish well because his life was an offering to the Lord. (Philippians 2:17; Romans 12:1; Acts 20:24)
C. Departure: Paul could finish well because he saw his death as a departure. (2 Timothy 4:6: Philippians 1:21, 23)
II. To finish well, keep a proper view of the past. (2 Timothy 4:7)
A. “I have fought the good fight.”
B. “I have finished the race.”
C. “I have kept the faith.”
III. To finish well, keep a proper view of the future. (2 Timothy 4:8)
A. Paul hoped to meet the Lord, the righteous Judge. (Romans 8:1; John 5:24; Romans 3:21-26)
B. Paul lived in view of “that Day.” (James 1:12)
Whom are you currently trying to disciple? If the answer is “no one,” ask God to direct you to someone.
Does the idea of departing to be with Christ cause you more fear or peace? If fear, how can you change this?
When do you most feel like dropping out of the race? What encourages you to keep going at those times?