Here are the words for the fill-in-the-blanks in our “Entrusted” women’s Bible study with Beth Moore (via DVDs).
Though we won’t find the younger man’s name anywhere in sight, Paul’s last letter to Timothy originates in Acts 14. This chapter will be our preoccupation today.
- We will establish one enormous goal for our series:
Mighty servants of God turned loose on this globe in the great name of Jesus.
- Note the NIV wording of Acts 14:1. We are going to ask God from the beginning and throughout our series to blatantly ramp up our effectiveness.
How should we communicate our faith?
A big part of our effectiveness is our connectedness.
Homework: pages 15-29
Ministry is the collective works God has called us to do in our lifetime upon this planet for His great glory.
- Walking with a whole new level of effectiveness takes faith.
A launching challenge: Who among us is willing to believe the power of Jesus could dramatically change something that has been true of you since birth?
- We will deal with erroneous estimations of others all our serving lives.
Be forewarned: Those who adore can as quickly abhor.
- Five words for the journey: Just keep getting back up.
Homework: pages 30-43
Today’s session will offer us a glimpse of Paul’s first letter to Timothy. It will also officially establish the concept captured in the title of our six-week study.
Three books of the New Testament comprise what is commonly termed the Pastoral Epistles : 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. (PE)
Homework: pages 47-62
The personal application for our entire six-week course can be summed up in one exhortation:
Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.
1 TIMOTHY 6:20, ESV
- We won’t effectively guard what we don’t highly esteem.
- The combination of verb and noun – guard the deposit … “was used in the ancient world of the high obligation of having in trust another person’s treasured possession, of keeping it safe, and of returning it as it was.” Dr. G.W. Knight
- If we can’t stand to be questioned, we will be too childish to stand guard.
Anyone beyond question is also maybe beyond character.
Laws of Applause from Andy Stanley
- What’s applauded as exceptional the first time will be expected the next time.
- Those most applauded for feel most entitled to.
- Applause is addictive.
- The sign of a great potential leader is not the eagerness to take charge.
It’s the eagerness to take the charge.
Homework: pages 63-77
Today we will follow through on the promise I made to you on Day Two of this week’s homework by devoting this session entirely to 2 Timothy 1:6-7.
PART ONE: DISSECTING 2 TIMOTHY 1:6
“fan into flame” – Greek anazÅpyrein The “pyr” in the compound word means “fire.” The “ana” in the compound word means “again.”
“the gift of God” – Consider this proposal for a working definition of “gift” (charisma) in its singular form and present context:
The supernatural unction to fulfill divine purpose during our earthly tenure.
You’ve got to have God to serve God.
Homework: pages 81-95
“Prophecies have been made that Timothy has the gifts for ministry and this was officially, publicly recognized when Paul and the elders laid hands on him . . . Paul is now referring to that public validation of his gift as a means of encouraging Timothy during this difficult time. Reference to the public role of the elders is appropriate to the public nature of 1 Timothy . . . But 2 Timothy is a private letter, and Paul’s personal role in Timothy’s commissioning is appropriately mentioned there.” Dr. W.D. Mounce
PART TWO: DISSECTING 2 TIMOTHY 1:7
“a spirit of fear” – Greek deilia which means “cowardice“
A spirit of fear produces perversions of all three opposing components:
- Perversion of power = Powerlessness or abuse of power
- Perversion of love = Lust or hate
- Perversion of self-control = A drive to control others
“power” in 2 Timothy 1:7 – Greek dunamis; Power, especially achieving power. All the words derived from the stem duna- have the meaning of being able, capable.
Contrast ischus which stresses the factuality of the ability, not necessarily the accomplishment.
2 Timothy 1:7
NKJV sound mind,
HCSB sound judgment
“self-control” – Greek suphronism; to discipline, correct; sound mind, sober judgment.
Homework: pages 96-109
With your permission and patience, I’ll share bits and pieces of my own story and Scriptures supporting their validity in hopes that a portion will be of value to you. The following are the five biggest eye-openers of my last forty years.
If you are in Christ, you are called.
THE FIVE EYE-OPENERS
- The forces of evil are meaner and abler than most of us ever pictured.
The more entangled we are, the less faithful we will be with what has been entrusted to us.
- You are not your own worst enemy.
- But you are your own worst enemy’s best accomplice.
You can have a sincere and pure devotion to Christ and be completely seduced by the devil.
Homework: pages 113-128
- This faith-life is a fight from beginning to end.
“fight” – Greek “agunÃzomai” from agun, conflict.
To contend for victory in the public games.
It generally came to mean to fight, wrestle. Figuratively, it is the task of faith in persevering amid temptation and opposition. It also came to mean to take pains to wrestle as in an award contest, straining every nerve to the uttermost towards the goal.
“good“- Greek kalos – “beautiful; good”
- Even amid the evil that beleaguers or befalls us, God is continually and mercifully after our good.
- God purposely set up the system where it demands dialogue and dependency to function properly.
- Jesus is the best part.
Homework: pages 129-143