What Paul is doing right throughout this letter is putting steal into Timothy’s weak frame. Timothy was timid, shy, reserved and young. Timothy not only had to deal with his character, which was naturally reserved but he had to deal with a political atmosphere that was anti-Christian, plus a difficult congregation, plus those who had simply gone off the rails in terms of their Christian life and teaching. All up Timothy lived in a pretty messed up kind of world and a really messed up church. What is so amazing about Timothy’s situation is that it isn’t all that far removed from our own. This sermon seeks to capture Paul’s intent on writing this letter!