Staying Godly In Troubling Times
03/04 OCTOBER 2020 | PRAYER & PRAISE SERVICES
Rev Edmund de Souza
Scripture Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-7 (NIV)
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Summary | In this season of trouble, even though we are tempted to drift away from God, follow the example of Paul and Timothy – cultivate an eternal perspective, a sincere heart and stay connected. Help one another press on in this challenging season and walk in a godly manner so that Jesus will always be glorified.
Staying steadfast in troubling times In this pandemic, both our earthly and spiritual lives have been affected. We’ve not been able to meet in church or receive ministry as we used to. With this disconnect, we may become complacent and waver in our walk with God. Despite all the persecutions they faced, Paul and Timothy remained resolute, kept walking with God and serving Him. What enabled them to be steadfast? 3 lessons we can gather from their lives that we too may continue to live godly lives in our time of trouble.
1. Have an Eternal Perspective Though he was in prison and he knew he would die soon, Paul was still thinking about God’s work and the church and wasn’t worried about the here and now (2 Tim 4:7-8). His eyes were on things of eternal value. We too should remember that all things will eventually crumble and pass away, it is only what we are and do in Christ that will last. So, let our eyes be lifted high.
2. Guard Your Heart Scripture warns us about the importance of the heart and to guard it well (Proverbs 4:23). Who we are in our hearts will determine what our lives will be like. Ungodly living creeps up on us one step at a time. We have to be careful what goes on in our hearts. Especially when disconnected physically from church e.g. online worship can become a “spectator activity” and our hearts are not in it. Paul and Timothy ensured their hearts were right with God, and because of that, could overcome their troubles.
3. Stay Connected With Godly Believers Where Timothy is concerned, we see that his strength came from his being surrounded by godly people. His grandmother, mother, and Paul taught and mentored him. After our parents, our friends influence us the most. So we should surround ourselves with friends who can encourage and motivate us in our walk with God (Hebrews 10:25). So when we feel disconnected or alone, we must do all we can to remain connected, even if it’s remotely.
(Sermon Notes by Desley Khew)
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
1. What are some of the most challenging issues for you during this Covid-19 pandemic?
2. The sermon encourages us:
a) To have an eternal perspective: How do you generally view life? Do you tend to focus on the here and now?
b) To guard our hearts: How has your Online Worship experience been? Has this season of Covid-19 affected your walk with God in anyway?
c) To stay connected with other Godly believers: How is your relationship with other believers during this season? Are you experiencing mutual encouragement with others in your small group? How can your small group experience with others be better?