2 TIMOTHY 1:7
By Mr. Jeff Knori, Campus Pastor
Our theme for the upcoming year is, Serving Christ with power, love, and self-discipline taken from 2 Timothy 1:7. Second Timothy has a special place in my heart as it stands as the last written testimony of the Apostle Paul. Languishing in a Roman prison and facing imminent death, the aged Apostle writes this intimate letter to his closest disciple, Timothy, the one he refers to as a son. (Phil 2:22)
Throughout the letter Paul admonishes and encourages Timothy in the faith, to faithfully carry out his ministry and guard the Gospel of Christ, but Paul starts the letter off with a reminder of who Timothy is in Christ. I like the way the Amplified Bible brings out the depth of the original Greek:
“… I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire- the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”
2 Timothy 1:6-7 AMP
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, cowardice, or fear. I can’t help but wonder if Paul, facing the reality of his own execution, was reminded of the brave example of Stephen, the faithful martyr as he penned these words. I can’t help but think that Paul thought often of this young disciple of Jesus who died at the hands of the religious leaders with Paul’s zealous approval. Pause and think about Acts 6 and 7 and the martyrdom of Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit. Instead of cowardice, God has given us the power and boldness of a Stephen who dared to stand before the Sanhedrin and testify for Christ. Instead of timidity God has given the sound judgment, personal discipline, well-balanced mind of a Stephen who demonstrated a wisdom that no one could stand against. Instead of fear, the Lord has given us the love of a Stephen who, under the hail of stones had the audacity to say, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” What a testimony!
That’s who Stephen was. That’s the kind of man Paul became. That’s the kind of men and women God is calling and empowering us to be today. To serve Christ with power, love and self-discipline. Join me in the prayer that God would give us the grace to fan that gift into flame and the ability to raise up a generation that will burn bright for Christ.
Calling all Pastors, Youth Pastors, and Children’s Workers!
We want you to know that we appreciate all you do for our students and families. This year, we will be celebrating our pastors with a breakfast on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. We will be sending invitations soon!
Our mission is to assist Christian families and their Churches in equipping students for lifelong learning and service to Christ. We want to partner with Pastors who assist our families.
Please know how much we appreciate all you do, your leadership of fellow believers, and your service for Christ’s Kingdom.