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2 Timothy 2:20-23

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Believers Are Challenged to Be Like Clean Vessels

2 Timothy 2:20-23

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Lesson Number 11

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Like a vessel, the faithful Christian is available because he separates from all that is bad.
  2. Like a vessel, the faithful Christian is available because he pursues all that is good.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s not major on the minors.

Questions

  1. Name the six models studied in this chapter.
  2. What is the key idea in the model in this lesson?
  3. What should the Christian do to be a better model?
  4. Which two impurities characterize dishonorable vessels?
  5. Why should the Christian avoid ignorant disputes?

Answers

  1. The teacher, soldier, athlete, farmer, workman, and a vessel of honor
  2. Availability
  3. Separate himself from all that is bad, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace
  4. Doctrinal impurity and moral impurity
  5. Because they generate strife. They are characteristic of false teachers.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Are you a clean vessel of honor, sanctified and useful, prepared for every good work? Are you available for the Master’s use?
  2. How actively do you pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace with fellow believers?

Challenge

  1. Do you fellowship with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart? What kind of an influence are they upon you? What kind of an influence are you on other believers?
  2. Do you avoid getting caught up with those who generate strife through foolish disputes?

Key Verses

  • “…if anyone cleanses himself…he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
  • “…pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
  • “…avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” 2 Timothy 2:23

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