January 31, 2021
Pastor Ricky Smith
2 Timothy 1:5
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
I. Capture Sincere Faith
1 Timothy 1:5
Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
The sincerity of faith is evidenced by what is seen and not simply said
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!
II. Commit to Faithful Living
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’
Galatians 3:13 NIV
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us- for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree
Colossians 2:13 ESV
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Your most important mission field is under the roof where you live
III. Convey Faith in Love
“There is no transmigration of souls, but there is a kind of transmigration of faith, as if the very form and shape of faith that was in Lois and Eunice afterward appeared in Timothy.” – Charles Spurgeon
- I confess I need to sincerely put my trust in Jesus as my Savior and King.
- I commit to living with authentic faith that pursues Christ every day.
- I choose to intentionally share my faith with the next generation.
- Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and discuss how Jesus has changed you.
- Why do we still struggle with sin that is part of our past or our environment?
- How can we walk in the forgiveness promised in Colossians 2:13?
- Describe a time when someone in the family has heard specific instructions or rules yet chose to ignore them. How did that turn out?
- Compare that example to how clearly God has spoken in Hebrews 1:2 and discuss the consequences for not listening to God.
- Read Colossians 1:15-17 and discuss what it tells us about Jesus.