As Jesus indicated in His famous parable of the soils, the kind of heart upon which the seed of the Word lands has a great deal to do with the fruit-bearing capacity of the Word in that life. We're continuing our study of the two grand forces for change with which Paul sought to challenge young Timothy.
And I want to underscore that Timothy truly was young by any standard of measurement. He may not have been out of his teens as Paul wrote to him. That should challenge all the young in body and heart in this place, and it should probably shame more than a few. It's far too easy to let a huge slice of life drift by while dreaming of some later accomplishments. Now's the time to make your life's greatest mark for Christ. Don't fritter.
The two grand forces for change in this text are the power of a great example and the power of the Scriptures. In this study we're going to finish the first - the power of a great example - as we prepare for the second.