The Burden of Proof
2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Intro: This morning I want to preach on the thought, “Burden of Proof”.
The Definition of the phrase “Burden of Proof” is a legal term meaning: the responsibility of producing sufficient evidence in support of a fact or issue and favorably persuading the trier of fact (as a judge or jury) regarding that fact or issue
Paul in our text commanded Timothy to “make full proof” of his ministry.
As professing Christians, we are expected to convince the rest of the world; both the unbelievers as well as other believers, that we are indeed Children of God – born, again Christians.
Our life should convince others that what we are saying is true.
I. Make Full Proof of the Will of God
- Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- God’s Will is Good
- God’s Will is Acceptable
- God’s Will is Perfect
II. The Proof of our Works
- II Cor. 8:22-24 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
- Notice Paul’s Character – he had provided things honest in the sight of the Lord, and in the sight of all men
- Notice Paul’s Confidence – the great confidence that we have in you
- Notice Paul’s Challenge – shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love…
III. The Proof of our Walk
- 5:7-11 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
- Our Past – Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness
- Our Path – walk as children of light (is in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
- Our Purity – have no fellowship with them, but reprove them; for it is a shame even to speak