Fan into Flame (2 Timothy 1:1-12)Pst. Benard Kariuki, July 24, 2016
Part of the Empowered For Giving series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service
Paul in the book of Second (2nd) Timothy, appears anxious to see his cherished devotee: Timothy (v4). He essentially refers to him as “My dear son”, a sign that their bond was sincere. This letter is said to have been Paul’s last letter; no wonder the keenness to see a son he truly treasures, even if for one last time. In this epistle, Paul finds it crucial, to give Timothy; last admonitions as to the deviations from the reliable Gospel, the incorrect teachings which were being taught in the Churches. Hence he pens a series of exhortations to faithfulness, and zeal for sound doctrine, and patience amidst trials. Paul further drills Timothy to be bold if not audacious, for he saw in him some signs of timidity. He also urges Timothy to fan into Flame the gift of God upon his life. In this study we explore what it means for us today to utilize our Spiritual gifts in a God honouring way.
Scriptural Reference: ll Timothy 1: 1 - 12
1. Paul references some godly traditions that were passed down to him by his forefathers and to Timothy by his mother and grandmother. What are these customs and what do you think was the impact of such traditions on both?
2. Paul writing to Timothy advances that… “I have been reminded of your sincere faith”, (2 Timothy 1:5a, NIV). What are the hallmarks of a Christian whose faith is sincere?
3. Discuss the following;
a) Share with your cell members what you perceive to be your Spiritual Gifts? How did you identify them?
b) How are you using them for the furtherance of God’s kingdom?
c) Paul advising Timothy rouses that… “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Like Timothy: What are the fears that keep us from reaching our finest in our utilization of our Spiritual gifts?
4. The place of Character development in our service to God, is of paramount importance. What are your reflection about extremely gifted persons without a refined Character? Share.
Memory Verse: That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day (2 Timothy 1:12, NIV).
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