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A Command and a Challenge. Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58. Early Christians Had Trouble With It. Ephesian church left first love; they did not do the deeds that they did at first Rev 2:4-5

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a command and a challenge
A Command and a Challenge

Be steadfast, immovable, always

abounding in the work of the Lord.

1 Cor 15:58

early christians had trouble with it
Early Christians Had Trouble With It
  • Ephesian church left first love; they did not do the deeds that they did at first Rev 2:4-5
  • Church at Sardis died, they fell asleep; they did not complete the deeds that they started Rev 3:1-2
  • Laodicean church cooled to lukewarm; their deeds told a different story than they did Rev 3:15-17
remaining constant

Remaining Constant

Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy

remaining constant paul s exhortations to timothy
Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Give Attention, Pay Close Attention1 Tim 4:13, 16
  • devote thought and effort to
  • apply yourself to
  • occupy yourself with

Why?Heb 2:1

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Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Do Not Neglect 1 Tim 4:14
  • not to care
  • to be unconcerned

How will we escape? Heb 2:3

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Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Rekindle When Necessary 2 Tim 1:6

keep in full flame

inflame one’s mind, strength, zeal

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Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Take Pains1 Tim 4:15
  • practice
  • be diligent
  • cultivate

How else can we become God’s approved workman?

2 Tim 2:15

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Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Be Absorbed 1 Tim 4:15
  • lit. “to be in” them;

our idiom, “into it”

  • focused
  • not distracted
  • Is our progress evident to all?

Do we see ourselves as a soldier

on active duty? 2 Tim 2:4

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Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Persevere1 Tim 4:16
  • continue long
  • stay with it
  • persist

Are we putting out the sustained effort that will

ensure salvation for ourselves and others?

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Remaining Constant:Paul’s Exhortations to Timothy
  • Pay Close Attention
  • Do Not Neglect
  • Rekindle
  • Take Pains
  • Be Absorbed
  • Persevere
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