“OUT OF SEASON”
2 Timothy 4:1-5
2 Thessalonians 2:3–4 . . . Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come UNLESS the falling away comes first, AND the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
2 Peter 2:20–21 . . . For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
2 Timothy 4:1–5 . . . I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and “Out Of Season.” Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
1 Peter 4:17–19 . . . For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will theungodly and the sinner appear?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
I.It’s time to judge the Ministers
• Our preaching is shallow and unbiblical
2 Timothy 4:2 . . . Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
II. It’s time to judge yourselves
1 Peter 3:15–16 . . . But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
• “Could you defend your faith if someone asked you?”
III. It’s time to do something about it
1. Community – its all about relationship, which is holding power.
Hebrews 10:25 . . . not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
2. Content – the stronger the relationship, the deeper the content that can be shared.
3. Change – Ultimately, God is seeking change in you. But we do not change on our own. We need the support and influence of a community to keep us on track.
Romans 12:2 . . . And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
4. Conformity– change for the sake of change is not good. That change must be directed toward a specific goal.
Romans 8:29 . . . For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.