A Worker Approved by God
14Remind them of these things, and charge them before God2 not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,3 a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
20Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,4 he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24And the Lord's servant5 must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
A Succession Plan2 Timothy 2:14-26 Sermon • 47:41 • ID: 3572
The Lord’s Servant2 Timothy 2:24-26 Sermon • 35:11 • ID: 3047
Useful to the Master2 Timothy 2:20-22 Sermon • 35:24 • ID: 3045
Pastor and People2 Timothy 2:14-15 Sermon • 32:25 • ID: 3043
An Unashamed Worker2 Timothy 2:16-19 Sermon • 21:23 • ID: 3044
A Trustworthy Saying2 Timothy 2:11-13 Sermon • 36:39 • ID: 3042
Think, Focus, Learn2 Timothy 2:7-10 Sermon • 33:57 • ID: 3036
Discipleship in 3D — Part One2 Timothy 2:3-6 Sermon • 35:12 • ID: 3034
Discipleship in 3D — Part Two2 Timothy 2:3-6 Sermon • 17:39 • ID: 3035
Passing on the Truth — Part Two2 Timothy 2:1-2 Sermon • 32:28 • ID: 3031
A Study in 2 Timothy, Volume 2A Portrait of the Christian Soldier 2 Timothy 2:3-26 Series • ID: 15503
Useful to the Master2 Timothy 1:1-18, 2 Timothy 2:1-26, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, 2 Timothy 4:1-22 Series • ID: 15501
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