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I Know Whom I Believed

I Know Whom I Believed

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Published by Zarah Jane Lim
Knowing whom we believe (Jesus), what He did for us,
and what He is able to do should drive us into action – to live for Him, to worship Him, and to be willing to suffer for His cause!

"“For the which cause I also suffer these things: Nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)
Knowing whom we believe (Jesus), what He did for us,
and what He is able to do should drive us into action – to live for Him, to worship Him, and to be willing to suffer for His cause!

"“For the which cause I also suffer these things: Nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)

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Published by: Zarah Jane Lim on Jul 22, 2012
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I Know Whom I Believed - Page 1 07222012 zarahlim
I Know Whom I Believed
 
O
BJECTIVES 
:
At the end of the message, the congregation must be able to:1.
 
Recite 2 Timothy 1:12 by heart.2.
 
Enumerate at least 3 important things that they want to commit to God.3.
 
List down what the Bible says about Jesus (and what He is able to do) regarding these matters.4.
 
Act on our real purpose for living (to worship God).
Introduction:
 
The Story of William Tell
o
 
The boy stood firm and still. He was not afraid, for he had all faith in his father's skill.
 
 
The Story of Abraham Offering Isaac
o
 
Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” 
Behold, the fire and thewood,
but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 
8 Abrah
am said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” 
So the two of them walked ontogether.9Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on thealtar, on top of the wood.10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
 
 
The Point: 
o
 
Both sons willingly committed
their lives into their fathers’ hands,
knowing fullwell that their fathers are able to keep them safe.
Paul had a similar kind of faith:
 
“For t 
he which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day.” 
2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)
Today we will look at 4 things:1.
 
Whom do we believe
/ Where do we put our trust?2.
 
What do we know about
the one we believe in?3.
 
What are we committing
to the hands of the one we believe in?4.
 
What is our part
in all these?
But first, let’s
take a look at some background information on
Paul’s second letter to Timothy.
 
 
I Know Whom I Believed - Page 2 07222012 zarahlim
2 Timothy is Paul’s final (pr
eserved) letter. At the time of this writing, Nero was attempting tostop the spread of the Christian faith in Rome by
severely persecuting believers
. Paul was inprison again during this time. He was
old
,
suffering deprivation as a common criminal
(2:9),
deserted by most of his friends
(1:15), and aware that his
ministry was over
and
his death near
 (4:6-8,18).
 –
Source:
Full Life Study Bible Notes
The situation Paul was in before he died was not picture-perfect. Those with weaker faith may findthis discouraging - the combination of old age, imprisonment, desertion of so-called friends,imminent death. But not to Paul. In his last letter to Timothy, he went on encouraging him tosteadfastly endure in his faith, his calling, his life.Why? Because the cause he was suffering for was worth it!
“If we died with him, we will also live with him. If we endure, we will also reign with him.”
2 Tim.2:11-12
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will berevealed in us.”
Rom. 8:18
He was willing to suffer for the cause because he
knew and believed in
 
the One
he was suffering for.
 
Whom did Paul
believe
(put his faithon)?How Paul came to
know 
 JesusHow Paul came to be
 persuaded 
that Jesus is
able
to keep that whichhe has committed untohimWhat Paul
committed 
toJesus
1.
 
Jesus
“Remember Jesus
Christ, raised fromthe dead, descended  from David. This ismy gospel, for whichI am suffering evento the point of beingchained like a
criminal.” 
(2 Tim.2:8-9)
“I live by faith in the
 Son of God, wholoved me and gave
himself for me” 
(Galatians 2:20)1.
 
He was trained inthe law
 –
he knewthe Scriptures.2.
 
He had a personalencounter withJesus.(Acts 9:3-19, 22:1-21;26:2-18; Gal.1:15-16)1.
 
He experienced thework of God in hislife.2.
 
He experienced thework of God in hisministry.(Acts 16:16-40; 18:9-11;19:11-20; 20:7-12; 23:1-11; 27:13-44; 28:1-10; 1Tim. 1:12-16)1.
 
His body.2.
 
His reputation. (1Thess.2:2, 2:4b-53.
 
His ministry.(Col.1:28-2:3, 2Thess.1:11)4.
 
His life. (Phil. 1:20-21)
 
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(Let congregation recite the verse again)
“F 
or the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day.” 
2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV)Reflection:WHAT ABOUT YOU?
1.
 
What are the things in life that you most care about?2.
 
Whom do you trust the most?3.
 
How well do you know this person?4.
 
Would you trust him/her with that which is most important in your life?
Whom do you
believe
(put your faith on)?
The
 
Government? You will be disappointed. Other People? You will be disappointed. Yourself? You willbe disappointed. Jesus? You will
never 
be disappointed.
Isaiah 28:16 says, “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a
foundationstone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
 
Whoever believes need never be shaken
.” (NLT)
 
In KJV, “
he that believeth shall not make haste
.”
 
Barnes’ Notes:
 
Hebrew:
 
(yachiysh)
: shall not make hasteFrom the root word (
chuwsh)
 
meaning “to make haste, to urge on, to be afraid,to flee”
 The idea is derived from one who is alarmed, and flees to a place of safety.
The prophet says here, that the foundation on which Zion was reared would be so firmthat if a man trusted to that he would have no cause of alarm, however much thestorms beat around it.
We need to know whom we believe!
It will determine how we respond to life’s challenges.
 
What do you know about Jesus?
1.
 
Jesus saves.2.
 
Jesus heals. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Luke 6:19, 9:11)3.
 
Jesus baptizes.4.
 
Jesus is coming again.5.
 
Jesus forgives our sins. (1 John 1:9)

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