Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church, July 11, 2010
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A note from Terrie: These are my notes taken during our church service on Sunday mornings. I will do my best to represent each sermon faithfully and post by Friday evening. Please keep in mind that these notes are just that, notes, and are a condensed version of the sermon. My prayer is that not only will these posts help me to think about God’s Word and how to apply it to my life, but that each post will encourage others to do the same.
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”–which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. I Timothy 6:20
The word “O” is used here by Paul as an emotional interjection. It is exclamatory and emotional in tone.
THREE WISHES PAUL HAS FOR TIMOTHY AND FOR US
1. That we would guard the apostolic deposit.
At the very least the apostolic deposit refers to the Good News of Jesus Christ but could also include the contents of Paul’s letter to Timothy and the full body of apostolic teaching with the Gospel at its core. Paul made a “deposit” into Timothy’s life. He exhorts Timothy here to guard that deposit. It is important to note that part of the idea of guarding the apostolic deposit is to keep the Gospel unaltered (i.e. not adding to nor subtracting from the Gospel) as you pass it on to others.
To guard is to prevent from escape, to not let out of one’s sight, to observe or follow, to keep from being violated or broken.
2. That we would avoid any and all substitutes for this deposit.
Make sure you avoid anything that is contrary to or a substitute for this deposit in your ministry or personal life. Avoid natural, worldly wisdom and empty messages. Seek the true knowledge that is granted by God. Knowledge that either opposes or replaces the Gospel is most dangerous!
3. That God’s Grace would be with us at all times.
Pray for God’s Grace to go with you. You need God’s Grace to Go with you. God’s Grace will in fact, go with you. God’s Grace is in fact, just that–Grace.