Unashamed Courage in the Gospel - South Jordan
2 Timothy 1:1-12 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
SERIES THESIS: The difference between the dependable and the deserter isn’t their circumstances; it’s their COURAGE. (2 Timothy 2:2-3, 4:16)
THINK ABOUT IT: It takes courage to say yes to PAIN, and it takes courage to say no to COMFORT.
QUESTION: What can we learn from Paul’s unashamed courage for the Gospel?
- Unashamed courage isn’t fueled by my WILLPOWER—it’s fed by God’s WORD. (2 Timothy 1:6a, 2:1, 1:2)
- Unashamed courage doesn’t lead me to get LOUD—it leads me to give LOVE.(2 Timothy 1:7)
- Unashamed courage means that I would rather SUFFER than allow the Gospel to SUFFER. (2 Timothy 1:8)
GOSPEL REMINDER: Grace SECURES my standing with Christ so that I’m able to STAND for Christ. (2 Timothy 1:9-12)
- What are some courageous things you have done? Or someone has done for you?
- How does culture define courage? How would you personally define courage?
- In what areas of your life do you drift towards comfort over courage?
- What three things does the Spirit of God give Christ followers (2 Timothy 1:7)? How do you see them demonstrated in your life?
- What does it look like for us to “fan into flame the gift of God...”(2 Timothy 1:6a)?
- What comes to mind when you think about suffering for the Gospel? How might we suffer so that the Gospel doesn’t (2 Timothy 1:8)?
- How does Grace secure our standing with Christ so that we’re able to stand for Christ (2 Timothy 1:12)?