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2-Ready, Set, Go!

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The influence of a godly mom (or grandmother) in the lives of her children (or grandchildren)cannot be overstated. Learning how to pass the baton of faith to the next generation is the purpose of our study of the Book of 2 Timothy. Paul passed down his faith to Timothy. He ledTimothy to the Lord, discipled him in the things of the Lord, and then released him. Christianmom, doesn’t that sound like your job description? Aren’t you trying to pass down your faith toyour children, train them in the ways of the Lord, and release them into the adult world fullyestablished in their faith. There are several principles we can learn from Paul’s relationship withTimothy.
I. Timothy’s Faithful Friend-2 Timothy 1:1-4
Paul considered Timothy to be his true son in the faith. Now, a prisoner in Rome facing certaindeath, Paul longed to see his beloved child in the faith, Timothy. Paul’s main concern was not for himself; it was primarily for Timothy and the furtherance of the gospel message. In his letter Paul urged Timothy to remain faithful to the finish. Run well, child. Finish strong.We know that Timothy was a young man in a position with great responsibility as a churchleader, serving at that time in Ephesus. We also gather that Timothy had a retiring dispositionand a weak constitution. Paul wrote,
 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline
(2 Tim. 1:7). It seems Timothy was easily intimidated when his authoritywas challenged. Paul had been Timothy’s mentor. As an apostle, Paul’s presence cast a longshadow over the early church. Soon Paul would be absent from the body and present with theLord. In his absence, Paul was concerned for his young friend. Could he stay strong in the Lordand face down his adversaries? Could he fight the good fight, keep the faith, and finish hiscourse? Paul hoped Timothy would run well and finish strong.False teaching was slowly creeping in the early church, threatening the church internally.Persecution under Nero was rapidly and violently escalating, threatening the early churchexternally. Soon the mantle of leadership would pass from the apostle Paul to Timothy. TimidTimothy. Fearful and shy by nature. Paul warned Timothy about false teachers and counterfeitChristians. Timothy could not afford to become discouraged, disillusioned, or defeated by thosewho distorted or denied the faith. Being forewarned, Timothy had an advantage over hisenemies. He was on guard, ready to take up the shield of faith and draw the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God.Paul wrote,
 It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy (1 Cor. 4:2).
It was requiredof Timothy (and ALL believers) that he faithfully discharge the holy calling on his life. He wasto
contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints
(Jude 3) and
Run Well, Finish Strong – Passing the Baton of Faith to the Next GenerationA study in the book of 2 Timothy
Lesson Two
Ready, Set, Go!
A Study of 2 Timothy
 
confront those who would attempt to lead believers astray from the true gospel. Similiarly we arecalled to fight the good fight of faith and pass the baton to our children.Paul urged him to
kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands
and boldly preach and teach the Word of God without apology or compromise. Courage, strengthof conviction, and Holy Spirit power would win the day. Timothy’s metal would be tested and proven by the flaming fire of adversity. Could he stand? Tradition tells us that he did indeed.Timothy became a great church leader, succeeding Paul and carrying on the spirit of his ministry.Although Paul was physically separated from his beloved son in the faith, Timothy was not beyond Paul’s grasp in prayer. In 2 Timothy 1:3 Paul wrote,
 I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day.
Paul was committed to covering Timothy in prayer. We have no way of knowing the extent to which his prayers were honored in the life of Timothy but we know Goddelights in the prayers of His people. Our prayers are eternal - held in
 golden bowls full of incuse, which are the prayers of the saints
(Rev. 5:8).As a mom, time invested in prayer for your children is profitable now and for all eternity. Your children are your prayer assignment. Lay up prayers for them in heaven by praying for their future mate, ministry (their life’s work) and Master (their relationship with the Lord).
II. Timothy’s Godly Grandmother-2 Timothy 1:5
Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, obviously was a very godly woman. Since there is no mention of his grandfather we must assume that he was unconverted or possibly died before Timothy was born. However, since he is not named we must come to the conclusion that his grandfather borelittle significance in his spiritual life.One godly grandparent can obviously change the course of the family for several generations, aswe see in the life of Timothy. Lois’ godly influence directly influenced the first (Eunice) andsecond (Timothy) generation. Now Timothy’s life is influencing yours and mine. I would callthat incredible!
III. Timothy’s Marvelous Mom-2 Timothy 1:5
We assume Timothy’s father was an unbeliever. He is never named in Scripture and he is onlyreferred to as
a Greek 
 .
The Greeks loved and valued great intellect and prided themselves ontheir superior knowledge, supreme athletic ability, and their contribution to the arts andliterature. Timothy’s father was only referred to as
a Greek 
. Consequently, we have no reason to believe that Timothy’s father was a believer. We know precious little about Timothy’s mother,Eunice, except for the singular fact that she loved God. That leads me to believe that little elsematters! Evidently, Timothy’s mom managed to teach Timothy the things of the Lord withoutthe help of his father 
and 
despite his negative influences. Her godly life message overshadowedthe lifestyle of Timothy’s father, influencing her son with the reality of Christ. When presentedwith the facts of the gospel, young Timothy rejected his father’s lifestyle and chose Jesus.What will you children remember about you when they leave home? What memories will theycarry? Will they remember mom’s clean home or her clean heart? Will they remember mom as agood cook or one who regularly fed on the Bread of Life? Will memories of your spotless houseor your spotless heart stay with them? Will it be memories of a mom standing over them indisapproval or a mom on her knees in prayer? What will your adult children remember aboutyou? If you intend to hand down your faith in Jesus Christ, you must run well and finish strong!
Run Well, Finish Strong – Passing the Baton of Faith to the Next GenerationA study in the book of 2 Timothy

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