HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

October 4/2Timothy 1

Verse 1 > Paul is writing this letter to Timothy from prison. Instead of talking about death Paul talks about life, the life promised to us by Jesus Christ. What was that life promised to us? Was it a life of ease and comfort? Well Paul’s being in prison shoots down that idea. What Jesus promised us was this:

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) — 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Isaiah 43:1–2 (NLT) — 1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Verse 2 > Three things we need as we follow Jesus > grace, mercy and peace. And he grants them to us.

Verse > 3 > As we zero in on Paul in prison do we find him grumbling and complaining? No, we find him praying for others. What do you do when you feel like life has boxed you in? Paul prayed and wrote a letter to give encouragement to young pastor Timothy. In other words he took his eyes off himself and his situation and looked to help someone else.

Verses 4-5 > Paul reminds Timothy of his godly heritage. What a wonderful thing to be able to pass your faith on to the next generation and so on. Are you doing that or do you have more important things to do. I can see grandma and mother taking the time to read the scriptures and explaining the good news of Jesus to young Timothy. I see them praying with him and modeling Jesus’ character in front of him. I see them taking him to synagogue to hear the teachings of the scriptures. They had to sacrifice their time to do it but it sure was worth it to see Timothy living for Jesus.

Verses 6-7 > use your spiritual gifts, don’t let them lie dormant. It is not winter in the Kingdom of God. Be bold for Jesus.

Verses 8-11> The Good News is that Jesus Christ did all the work necessary to connect us with God. On the cross he freed us from being slaves to sin and death and gave us the power to live holy lives. We have the power to do this because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. This is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead!

Romans 8:11 (NLT) — 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Verse 12 > Sure = convinced. Because of Pauls close relationship with Jesus he was absolutely positive that Jesus was able to keep his soul out of the hands of the enemy and safe till Jesus came back.

Guard = to watch over. God never is distracted and he never falls asleep.
Psalm 121 (NLT) —  A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. 1 I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? 2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! 3 He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. 4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. 5 The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. 6 The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. 7 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. 8 The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Entrusted = deposit. I have deposited my life into the hands of God. Their is nothing more secure than God. No one can snatch me out of the hands of my Good Shepard Jesus. He is able to keep me safe and secure until the day that He comes back for me.
Verses 13-14 > Don’t let God’s word leave your heart. Believe it and Guard it.
Verses 15-16 > Paul wasn’t ashamed of the gospel and neither was Onesiphorus. So Timothy is exhorted to not be ashamed of the gospel or the consequences of preaching the gospel. You are never the only one going through tough times because you hold to the standard of the Word of God. Be steady, be patient, be trusting in the Lord for the outcome.
Verses 17-18 > Search out where you can do good, where you can help out, where you can be a source of encouragement. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. Jesus searched people out.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In this chapter we learn that a true friend will never desert you no matter what the circumstances are just like Jesus will never desert us.