This Week's Sermon: "He Cannot Deny Himself"

This Week's Sermon: "He Cannot Deny Himself"

Paul's burden for Timothy is straightforward: Embrace suffering for the gospel instead of running away from it.

In this last letter before his death, the apostle grounds Timothy's endurance in five unshakable foundations — foundations that all Christians should build at the bottom of their lives.

  1. Jesus Christ, the son of David, is risen from the dead and reigns over the world forever.
  2. Preachers may be bound. The word of God is not.
  3. God has his elect in this world, and your ministry will be the instrument that brings them to eternal glory.
  4. God cannot deny himself. Trust him and your salvation is as sure as his commitment to his name.
  5. A double-sided seal: “The Lord knows those who are his.” And the evidence you are his: “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

John Piper expounds these foundations in his message on 2 Timothy 2:8–19 and calls for our courage in the face of affliction.

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Melissa, and their four children, and is the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary .