1 Timothy 2:20 – 3:9 – How to Live as Christians in Terrible Times (David Yan)

"20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 

3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone."

2 Timothy 2: 20 - 3: 9

It's great to be here. May the Lord be with us as we consider His Word.

I want you to turn, please, to 2 Timothy. I want to talk about the stressful days. In the first verse of chapter three, in this version, it says "but understand this: that in the last days, there will come times of difficulty." Let's just pray and bow our heads and commit for this time.

Our Father in heaven, we bow quietly in Your presence on this, the Lord's day, the day that You have given to us, where by we may come aside - from the general activities of the week, and assemble together as Your people - to worship You, to seek Your Face, to seek Your help, Your guidance, Your provision, Your healing. Thank you for Your promised presence in the name of Jesus Christ, which presence is a reality, by the minister of the Holy Spirit. So we pray, as we consider this subject of stressful days, that You will be with us. May we be equipped to face whatever difficulties come our way. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

In this version, it speaks about time of difficulty, but many other version of the English Bible, they use the word "Perilous", other words uses the words "stressful" or "difficult"