It’s Preachin’ Time
II Timothy 4
Intro: Almost every time I mount this pulpit, I say, “It’s Preachin’ Time!” I don’t know if I’ve ever told you where I got that. It is one of the favorite sayings of my friend, Brother Sammy Allen. If I heard him say it once, I heard him say it a hundred times. He passed away last Sunday night at 10:06 and this morning, I just want to focus on that thought this morning.
By the way – there’s a difference in preachin’, and preaching.
Don’t ask me to explain it, because I can’t.
But there’s just something different about a place where there’s preachin’, prayin’, singin’, and shoutin’.
By way of introduction, notice a few key points in this passage:
A. The Directive – I charge thee…preach…!
B. The Doctrine – the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…
C. The Departure – they shall turn away their ears…
NOTE: Notice something disturbing in this departure.
They shall turn away their ears – this is active.
They shall be turned – this is passive.
Their turning away their ears is voluntary; but they shall be turned is involuntary.
Walking away from sound doctrine was a choice; being turned to fables and lies was the result of their choice.
Because they rejected light; God sends darkness.
Because they refused truth; God sent them lies and deceit.
- 10 I [am] the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
- 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
- 12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: [and] they walked in their own counsels.
- 13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!
- 13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
- 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
It’s preaching time!
I. What to Preach – vs. 2 preach the WORD!!
The only hope for America; the only hope for this world; the only hope for civilization is THE WORD!
- Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
II. When to Preach – vs. 2 …be instant in season and out of season…
The Greek word for SEASON here literally means a couple of things.
There are several ways you could interpret that.
You could interpret it literally, as we would in farming or planting terms.
There’s a time to reap and a time to sow according to Ecclesiastes 3.
There’s a proper time to put seed in the ground, and there’s the wrong time to plant seed.
Paul told Timothy – preach anyway. Don’t worry about if it is the right time or not.
- Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
Solomon observed that the farmer that is obsessed with the weather patterns will never reap a harvest.
Just sow the seed.
The other way to interpret that phrase; “In season and out of season” is simply when it is convenient.
There are times when it is more convenient to preach than other times.
The Apostle Paul knew that; trust me!
It was more convenient for him to preach in Acts 20:9 up in the third loft surrounded by a bunch of fellow believers that were still there at midnight than it was to preach on Mars Hill surrounded by skeptics and mockers in Acts 17.
ILLUSTRATION: If there was ever a man that understood what it meant to preach “out of season”, it was Noah.
- 2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
Not once was Noah called a carpenter. And he was one.
Not once was Noah called a builder. And he was one.
Not once was Noah called an architect, or an engineer, or a fabricator, or a wood cutter, or a tree surgeon, or a craftsman, or a harvester, or a quarter master, or a zoo keeper.
You know what the Bible called Noah? A PREACHER!!!
He preached while he was cutting down trees.
He preached while he was making beams.
He preached while he was smearing pitch.
He preached while he was gathering grain.
He preached while he was wrangling giraffes.
The world was so ungodly that God decided to destroy it.
The people were so wicked that God decided to kill every one of them.
The spiritual climate was so bad that not once person responded to his preaching outside of his family.
Yet – Noah preached on – for 120 years – in season and out of season.
It was neither convenient nor “in season”, but he preached anyway!
III. Why to Preach – vs. 3 …for the time will come…
A. Preach because of the Imminent Appearing – vs. 1 who will judge the quick and the dead
- 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
B. Preach because of the Imminent Apostacy – vs. 3, 4 the time will come
In 2020, the “time will come” that Paul warned about HAS come.
C. Preach because of the Imminent Afflictions – vs. 5 preach while you can!!
In John 21, Jesus told Peter to FEED MY SHEEP. Notice why:
- 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
- 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry [thee] whither thou wouldest not.
- 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
IV. How to Preach
- Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
ILLUSTRATION: I was watching a clean, cowboy movie yesterday with Zane. They were trying to teach this city boy how to herd cattle. He asked, “Can I help?” They asked him, “Can you holler?” They taught him how to divert cattle and avoid being stampeded by waving his arms and hollering. They laughed at him at first because he couldn’t. There’s a time to make some noice, and if that time isn’t now, I don’t know when is!
George Whitfield would preach out in a field, and people got saved a mile away.
- 24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
- 25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
Why do you suppose Festus interrupted Paul with a loud voice?
Because Paul was preaching; testifying; exhorting, warning, pleading with a loud voice.
Paul was so passionate, that Festus said to him, “Paul thou art beside thyself! You are mad!”
V. Who to Preach
Peter and the other apostles
- Acts 5:41, 42 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Philip preached Jesus
- Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Paul preached Jesus
- Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.