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Transforming Grace: Keeping the Faith
March 4, 2018

Transforming Grace: Keeping the Faith

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Transforming Grace

In our study of the Apostle Paul in Rome, our focus is upon some of Paul’s final words to his spiritual “son,” Timothy. Paul realizes that his time is limited and his ministry is complete, but he wants to encourage Timothy to “keep the faith.” In this series “Transforming Grace,” we are also challenged with “keeping the faith” in our time. There are so many challenges to a vital faith. One of the most important descriptions of faith is the word “vital.” If our faith is not vital to our lives, then it will lack the strength to help us change or confront the difficulties we will encounter! As Paul faces his death and seeks to encourage Timothy, we see a transforming grace that becomes a courage to trust God and finishstrong.Transforming grace becomes a transforming faith as we see it at work in the Apostle Paul. As you read these words from 2 Timothy 4:1-8 let them give you the courage of faith for your life. 2 Timothy 4:1-8: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage– with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day– and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (NIV)

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