Being Good Anscestors
125 Year Celebration / 2 Timothy 1–2
• This morning I want to look at the Apostle Paul’s greeting to Timothy and the things that he brings up. He references three ideas.
Our faith must be recieved individually but be shown generationally. It is much larger and greater than any one of us but it takes all of us.
– Timothy was a protege, maybe like a apprentice of Paul. Paul took it seriously to coach and mentor Timothy as a younger pastor. And in doing so we see some places that Paul points to and says, remember and pay attention!
Remember and pay attention to what God has done to produce faith
The mystery of faith
2 Timothy 1:9 ESV
who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
Remember and pay attention to others around you who have exemplified faith
2 Timothy 1:5 ESV
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
• they could look at specific points in a person’s life and say, “I think this is what faith looks like.”
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
• Faith comes from God and it is seen in the church community. I owe my understanding of faith to watching people who have expressed faith the last 23 years of my life.
Remember and pay attention to others around you who have no faith
2 Timothy 1:6–8 ESV
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,
2 Timothy 2:2 ESV
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.