Who has loved you into being? What did they do that helped you to become who you are today?
Paul regarded Timothy as his “true son in the faith.” Let’s read the passage and consider what it means to be in faith forming relationships with others.
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Apostle means sent one. We may not have the office of apostle as Paul did, but we are all sent by God as ambassadors of Jesus. What difference does it make to know you are sent by God to help others grow in their faith?
What does it mean that Christ Jesus is our hope, as opposed to having our hope in ourselves or in the things of this world?
Paul not only had genuine affection for Timothy, but also regarded him as a true son in the faith. Describe what you think that relationship looked like.
Paul prays that God’s grace, mercy, and peace may be released to Timothy. What do each of these three things mean?