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

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

How have you experienced God empowering you to face challenges in your life?

This week we are studying how by God’s grace, we are empowered to fight the good fight to live out our faith and calling. God gives us strength, no matter the challenge.  God gives us purpose, no matter our past. God gives us mercy, no matter your ignorance.  And God gives us salvation, no matter our sin.

12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Reflect Together:

Paul considered himself the worst of sinners. He was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man. What does Paul write in this passage about the grace and mercy of God? (v.12-17). Why do you think Paul emphasizes his past in connection with God’s grace and mercy?

Paul realizes that God’s grace and mercy was not just for himself to enjoy personally. How does he understand and respond to God’s grace and mercy?

Why does Paul remind Timothy to remember the prophesies or promises made about him?

What do you think Paul means when he exhorts Timothy to fight the good fight and hold onto faith and a good conscience?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

What prophecies/promises has God made to you that you recall to mind to stay faithful?

Ask God what it would look like for you to “wage the good warfare of faith” today?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

How has God’s grace overflowed to you?  How would you fill in the blanks: “God gives _____ no matter my  ______.” Who can you share your story of God’s grace with?  Pray for and plan an opportunity to do that this week.