Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sacred Scriptures: From the Second Letter to Timothy

We will spend one more Sunday focusing our time together in worship on the scriptures that people in our congregation named as sacred to them--verses and stories that have shaped them in their faith, that have stuck with them over time. Because five weeks is not enough time to cover all the stories and passages people named, each day (except Sundays) one passage that was named by some people but that did not make the "Top 5" will be featured here, with an accompanying image and questions for reflection. May this be a chance for you to re-encounter long-known texts and to discover new ones that are sacred to others and may become sacred to you!

2 Timothy 1:5-7

5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

  • Paul recalls how the faith of Timothy's grandmother and mother now lives in him.  Who has been a "faith mother" to you--and this does not have to be a family member!  Who first helped spark and nurture the flame of faith in your life?
  • What sort of spirit has God placed in you?  What sort of spirit would you like to have?
  • How can you go about your daily work in a way that leads not to shame or fear, but to power, love and truth?

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