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If God wonderfully calls and equips us, then why do we have so many problems following Jesus?
Key words: understand, ashamed, service, gospel, saved, Christ, serve, timidity, fear, ministry, problems, personal, 2 Timothy, suffering
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher” (2 Timothy 1:8-11 NASB).
This is part two of a five part series. Study questions are also included. Audio, powerpoints, video, pdf formats can be found in our huge BFF New Testament Library.
Everyone is called to serve the Lord. Because of His Lordship we are responsible to give our Maker our attentive service. Salvation lifts us up into God’s sphere of grace, enabling us through Christ find forgiveness, reconciliation and empowerment through the Spirit to properly serve Him.
Timothy is simply an example for us to learn from. He is different from us and yet there are many similarities in the way God equips us as well as the ways the evil one tries to interfere with God’s work in our lives.
In Timothy’s case we find a worker of the Lord that is hampered by timidity and fear, but Paul his mentor, takes steps to help him understand, identify, solve and prevent the problem of crippling fear.
This article is one of hundreds waiting for you to read from the BFF New Testament Library. The library includes audio, powerpoints and videos.
Three Stages of Discipleship
The Heart of True Discipleship (Isaiah 50:4-7)
The Plan of Discipleship (2 Timothy 2:2)
Seven Principles to Spirit Dependent Teaching
Combating Spiritual Decline
Understanding the Cycle of Decline and Revival (Judges 2)
Determining your place in the cycle of growth
Discipling your sons: The why and way (8)
Reviving your Personal Devotions (15)
Spiritual Warfare: General Principles
THE FLOW: The whole process by which disciples grow as a church or individually.
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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