If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:
- MONDAY: 2 Timothy 1
- TUESDAY: 2 Timothy 2
- WEDNESDAY: 2 Timothy 3
- THURSDAY: 2 Timothy 4
- FRIDAY: Romans 8
- SATURDAY: Philippians 4
- SUNDAY: 1 Corinthians 12
eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too! (This week, these discussion questions don’t focus on the content of the sermon, though they do offer some generic ones that would be great to answer for any sermon.)
Sermon Notes: “Come Before Winter” ⤵️
Preacher: Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX
Passage: 2 Timothy 4:11-21 (KJV)
Title: Come Before Winter
Date: February 16, 2020
Sermon Notes are taken during the 9:30 Experience at the Columbia Campus.
11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. 16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. 21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
2 Timothy 4:11-21, KJV
- [The Apostle Paul is writing this epistle (letter) to Timothy, his spiritual son, his mentee.]
- This letter is a colliding of eras, passing the baton from one generation to another
- He knows this is his last letter. Paul was being “poured out like a drink offering” (Philippians 2:17) and he was “good to the last drop”
- The older you get you do what you want (and blame it on senility) — Paul is writing in such a way here
- Time is your most precious commodity
- It doesn’t matter if people take your money or steal your car but don’t let people waste your time
- Each moment is unique and God has made this moment just for you
- Don’t let someone steal your moment with pettiness or other things
- Bishop Jakes shares a story about his grandmother and her importance in his upbringing. She knew her time was short and as Jakes was promising to visit soon, she said, “If I were you, I wouldn’t wait too long.”
- God sends amazing people into your life to shape you. Paul was that person to Timothy.
- Paul wasn’t in the fraternity of the apostles. They didn’t even like him. His conversion was unique.
- But Paul shapes the theology of the New Testament church.
- What would we preach without Paul? He was the one who wrote:
- Justified by faith (Galatians 2:15-16)
- No condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1)
- No separation from love of God (Romans 8:35-39)
- The Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27)
- I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)
- Gifts of the spirit (1 Corinthians 12)
- And here he is writing to us from a jail cell. Writing to his son Timothy… “Come before winter,” his way of saying “I wouldn’t wait too long.”
- In his letter, Paul asks for three things (verse 13): (1) Bring my coat, (2) bring the books, (3) bring the parchments.
A. “Bring My Coat”
- Paul doesn’t ask for a state dinner. He asks him to bring his coat. And to get there before winter. A son’s love is his coat.
- The greatest thing you can give your son is your thoughts
- “No one stood with me” (verse 16) Don’t expect people to be loyal. “But the Lord stood with me” (verse 17).
- Paul was an intellectual and helped unravel theological mysteries but he knew he couldn’t escape death
- Paul who had been stoned
- Paul who had been shipwrecked
- Paul who had been bitten by a snake
- Paul who had been in prison when God shook the prison, not for Paul to get out, but for God to get in
B. “Bring the Books”
- Paul knew, “I still have to feed my mind.”
- Praise fills your spirit.
- Reading feeds your mind.
- It’s not enough to be anointed if you’re not intelligent.
- “May the lord reward you” — a Christian way of cursing someone out
- Paul’s invitation has an expiration date
- If you love somebody, tell them now
- If you’re gonna apologize, apologize now.
- Young marriage — learning how to live together
- Old marriage — Learning how to die together
- “The fierce urgency of now” (Dr. Martin Luther King)
C. “Bring the Paper”
- Paul asks for paper (“parchment”) to write, as if to say, “I want to leave you with some wisdom.”
- You need youth to be smart.
- You need time to be wise.
- I don’t remember every single day of every single year. All I remember are the highlights
- Make yourself some highlights.
- Bishop Jakes shares about a time he was talking with Will Smith, who said, “You’re not making a movie, you’re making a commercial. Look for the highlights.”
- Whatever you’re going to do, do it now.