Bible Study

Faithfulness Through Suffering (Voddie Baucham)

How can we suffer in this world as a Christian? What makes this suffering different than other suffering in the world? Today’s sermon pick by Voddie Baucham explores 2 Timothy and a message that Paul encourages Timothy with. A message that to the world who does not know Christ could not understand nor find the strength to do.

To encourage you to check out the video, I share some points given, but take a lot of answers and turn them into questions. Hopefully this helps your study as well.

  • 2nd Timothy 1:01 focus on verses 8-12
  • Addressing the topic of faithfulness in the face of persecution
  • Can we manufacture faithfulness?
  • Usually faithfulness comes when trials are unexpected, it’s not something we can be conditioned to do
  • Pride does not endure persecution.” Voddie Baucham
  • Life is suffering.” Voddie Baucham
  • Voddie points out that persecution is not regular suffering, why?
  • Persecution is an option, it can be avoided. What would this mean for the Christian to do?
  • Paul knew his death was coming- 2 Timothy 4:06
  • There are 2 ideas in every chapter of 2 Timothy
    • the truth of the Gospel being preserved
    • endure the suffering that comes from preserving the Gospel
  • The Gospel cannot be held back, it must be proclaimed.” Voddie Baucham
  • What message did Paul give Timothy, knowing he was about to be killed?
  • What is the essence of verse 8 in 2nd Timothy ch. 1?
  • What is the theme of 2nd Timothy?
  • What is the importance and connection of not being ashamed and suffering?
  • How are we suffering with Christ and what do we share in?
  • How are we suffering with the Church and what do we share in?
  • In what 2 ways do we find suffering in Christ?
  • In what 2 ways did Christ suffer for us?
  • What is unique about suffering in Christ that is different than the suffering in the world?
  • What God gives us during suffering:
    • The Body, the Church
    • The Gospel
  • Where does our strength come from?
  • Voddie makes the point we could make the Gospel an idol, how does he explain this?
  • Our passion for the Gospel is born out of our passion for Christ.” – Voddie Baucham
  • What is special about the Gospel regarding what God does for Himself?
  • What does covenant redemption mean and what is the connection of the communion between the Godhead?
  • What does the power of God do regarding suffering for those who put their faith in Christ?
  • What was Polycarp’s prayer? How did he find the endurance?
  • Paul tells Timothy to follow his example after his death, why does this not make sense?
  • How and why can someone walk forward in suffering for Christ?
  • What does the power of God do?
  • Why can’t we condition our flesh to faithfulness?
  • Why should we cherish the Gospel and how should we cherish the Gospel?

Check Out: Faithfulness Through Suffering by Voddie Baucham (If the video does not appear below, click the link)

The Gospel Message– The Gospel message is good news, which means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)

If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

Scripture To Meditate On – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.“

Community Prayer – March ’22

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Luke 11_39-40, _...so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside_

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