HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

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.

Reflect Together:

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?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

It can be challenging to hold on to hope in a dark season like the one we are going through, what are some ways you can maintain your hope?

Where are areas that you need to see the power of God released in your life – grace for weakness, mercy for sin, and peace for our problems?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Who are you loving into being?  What might be your next steps in the process?  We may not feel like we can be a spiritual parent to someone else, but by God’s grace and power, we can love others and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

Pastor Mitch challenges us not to be passive, consumer Christians. How can you actively exercise your faith and use your gifts maybe in a more creative way this COVID season?