“The Transforming Relationship of Paul & Timothy: How we pass on what we’ve been given!”
2 Timothy 2:1, 2 (ESV)
Pastor Jerry Ingalls
June 18, 2017 (Father’s Day)
- Personal story about fatherhood and the blessing/challenge of protecting & prioritizing time to my kids (“the most important work is the work we do at home”).
- Living organisms reproduce life! We see this through our experience:
- Marriage produces children and children grow up to give us grandchildren.
- Seed produces crops and the crops produce seed for the next (e.g. volunteers in my yard, garden, and flower beds). You can’t stop life!
- In the work place, apprenticeships produce journeymen. There is a career lifespan where we must think about who we are passing it on to.
- THT: The gospel lives on through healthy relationships. When you are alive in Christ, you pass on the life of Christ! When you are in love, you share love. Healthy relationships produce healthy relationships.
- Background of Letters to Timothy is Paul’s great love for Timothy as a son.
- 1 Timothy 1:2, “To Timothy, my true child in the faith”
- 2 Timothy 1:2, “To Timothy, my beloved child”
- We see in our Bible lesson today, that you must be alive to pass on life to another who through his/her life will pass on life to others. How does this happen?
I. We are brought to life by the grace of God through the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ! (2 Timothy 2:1, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus”)
Before Paul could transform Timothy, Paul had to be transformed himself.
Listen to one of the Bible’s most powerful transforming stories: The conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus from Acts 9:1-19.
We each must personally experience the grace of Jesus Christ.
A teenager who grows up in Christian home who is asking himself if he believes what his parents believe.
A young adult at college, in the military, or in the workforce dealing with the unexpected death of a friend.
A middle age adult who is caring for his/her aging parents.
A mature adult dealing with their own mortality and end of life questions.
You can only pass on that which is alive and strong within you!
II. Through loving, life-giving relationships, we are to pass on to others what God’s grace has done in us! (2 Timothy 2:2, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”)
Paul not only invested in Timothy (a younger man in the faith), but he also entrusted his ministry work into him, so that Timothy would carry it on.
- 1 Timothy 6:20, “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.”
- This deposit came from Timothy’s mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5-6, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God”)
- Philippians 2:22 “But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how a son with a father he has serve with me in the gospel.”
- Are you investing in the life of a younger person? What are ways you can fan into flame someone’s faith so they are proven worthy like Timothy?
- Mentoring and coaching
- Giving and Forgiving
- Blessing and cheerleading
Fatherhood is your ability to pass on to another person what has been given to you. Paul makes this clear in 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, “For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encourage you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”
- That is the goal of fatherhood: that our children may walk in a manner worthy of the God, who calls them into God’s kingdom and glory.
- What are your goals for your children? Do they align with God’s Word?
- Fathers who pass on what God has done for them will change our community!
- Life produces life! How are you giving life to the next generation? Are you alive in Christ yourself?
- To be #forHenry we must be for the next generation; that may start in our homes, but it can’t end there. We must have spiritual fathers in the church and as a church we must be a like a father to our community.