When was the last time you received a hand-written letter from someone? In the Bible, the books 1st and 2nd Timothy are two such personal letters. As he was nearing the end of his life, the Apostle Paul recognized the importance of passing his mission on to the next generation and he offers advice, directions and encouragement to his young disciple, Timothy, and to us. In this series, we take a close look at these treasured letters and their message for our lives today. Our challenge is to consider how we, like Paul, are passing our mission on to the next generation.
- January 29 – Write Letters
- February 5 – Set an Example
- February 12 – Pursue Holy Living
- February 19 – Don’t Be Ashamed
- February 26 – Finish the Race
What is this sermon about?
This sermon is about the relationship between Paul and Timothy and the implications that it has for us today.
Why is this sermon important?
It is important because mentoring and encouraging those younger than us is how faith is passed from one generation to the next.
What is the good news?
The good news is that, as we follow Christ, the power of God at work in Paul and Timothy, is at work in us.
What are the next action steps?
You are invited to look to those that have gone before you to learn from their example; pay attention to those that are coming after you so that you can share your faith; fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
What is the context of this sermon?
This sermon is part of a series focused on 1 and 2 Timothy. It has been prepared with help from a series preached by Adam Hamilton at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in November 2011.