Sermon on Be an Example 1 Timothy 4:12

 "Be an Example to the Faithful: A Life of Godly Influence"

This message is rooted in the words of the apostle Paul to his young protege, Timothy, found in 1 Timothy 4:12. In this verse, Paul encourages Timothy to set an example for the faithful in various aspects of life. This passage provides us with a blueprint for living a life of godly influence and making an impact in our Christian communities and beyond.

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  • Example in good works. Titus 2:7,8.
  • Example in suffering and patience. James 5:10,11.
  • Christ was a good example for us. 1 Peter 2:11-25.
  • Elders should be good examples. 1 Peter 5:3.
  • Women must be good examples. 1 Peter 3:1-6.
  • Parents must be good examples. Ephesians 6:4.
  • Teachers must be good examples. Romans 2:21-24; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; Titus 2:1-10; James 3:1
  • Preachers must be good examples. 1 Timothy 4:12

I. "Be an example In the Word" (1 Timothy 4:12b)

Paul begins by advising Timothy to be an example "in the word." As Christians, we should be known for our commitment to the Word of God. Our lives should reflect a deep understanding of the Scriptures, and we should demonstrate their transformative power through our actions and teachings.

II. "Be an example In Behavior" (1 Timothy 4:12c)

Our behavior plays a significant role in our Christian witness. We are called to exemplify Christ-like conduct in all aspects of our lives. This means displaying integrity, honesty, kindness, and respect for others. Our actions should mirror our faith.

III. "Be an example In Love" (1 Timothy 4:12d)

The love we show to others is a powerful testament to our faith. Our love should extend not only to fellow believers but also to those who have yet to know Christ. We should love unconditionally, as Christ loved us.

IV. "Be an example In the Spirit" (1 Timothy 4:12e)

Being "in the Spirit" refers to our relationship with the Holy Spirit. We should seek to be filled with the Spirit, allowing His guidance, comfort, and empowerment to manifest in our lives. This enables us to live according to God's will.

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V. "Be an example In Faith" (1 Timothy 4:12f)

Our faith is central to our Christian walk. Living "in faith" means that we trust God in all circumstances, firmly believing that He is in control and that His promises are true. Our faith should be a beacon of hope to those around us.

VI. "Be an example In Purity" (1 Timothy 4:12g)

Purity refers not only to moral purity but also to a pure heart and pure motives. Living a life of purity involves guarding our thoughts, words, and actions and maintaining a sincere heart before God and others.

VII. "Be an example In Service" (1 Timothy 4:12h)

Service is a hallmark of Christian living. We should be eager to serve God and others, using our gifts and resources to make a positive impact. Our service is a reflection of our love and faith in action.

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Dear friends, our lives as believers are a powerful testimony to the transformative work of Christ in us. As we seek to be examples "in the word, in behavior, in love, in the spirit, in faith, in purity, and in service," we become beacons of light in a world that desperately needs the love and truth of Christ.

May we take to heart the challenge presented in 1 Timothy 4:12 and endeavor to live lives of godly influence, setting examples that inspire and draw others closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be the light this world needs

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