2 Timothy 4:1-8
These are some of the last words from Paul that we have. What a powerful charge he gives to Timothy!
Pause for a moment to put yourself in the situation of both Paul and Timothy...
If you were a long standing and faithful servant of the Lord, with something of value to share with someone younger or less experienced than you, what would your instructions be? Would they be similar to those of Paul to Timothy?
If you were in a position of leadership, even if it is over just a few in a small group, how would the responsibilities and characteristics that Paul requires of a leader relate to you?
Most of us are under leadership. Paul addresses some of the difficulties our leaders might face. Think about how we could make their job easier.
He also shows some of the problems we might cause, not only for our church leaders but for those around us.
In this year of spiritual awakening in Busbridge&Hambledon, pray that our understanding will go deep, that our eyes will be opened to see how God’s word applies to our lives and our church. Pray that we might come to understand that nothing is too hard for God. Pray for your group, that every one of them will be equipped and ready to respond. What a charge Paul has given us! What truth we have to think about, take in and make our own!