Jim Elliot Quote
What would you give up for the sake of your walk with Jesus?
What would you give up so that another might know Jesus?
Today’s message is about sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel. It is about following in the footsteps of Jesus. As we dig into God’s word together this morning, prepare your hearts to be challenged. Ask God for the willingness to make yourself and your life available to the mission of the Gospel. Let’s Pray!
1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
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Who is Timothy
Who is Timothy
2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith,
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Does the circumcision of Timothy go against the decision of the Jerusalem council.
What was the ruling of the Council?
19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. 21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
The Gentiles did not need to be concerned about being circumcised.
The Gentiles should be careful to not offend their Jewish brothers and sisters or put a stumbling block in front of those Jews who may come to the Lord.
Timothy’s circumcision falls into this category. It is going above and beyond, but he has a Jewish mother and some may disregard him if he was not circumcised.
Timothy willingly paid this price for the sake of the Gospel.
How much convincing did this take?
Timothy would submit to Paul as they both submitted to the work of the Gospel.
Would you pay this price?
What is the cost of following Jesus?
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
When we choose to follow Jesus, we are choosing to submit to him in all things. His call on our lives is to spread the Gospel.
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
What would you change in your life?
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
What would you let stand in the way of the proclamation of the Gospel?
Is your approach to life one of Grace, or law?
Do you stand as judge or ambassador?
What would it take to reach a ________________________, with the love of God and the truth of the Gospel.