2 Timothy 2:1-14, NRSV
1- We enter worship this morning through what is, in reality, the
beginning of a personal letter.
2- As you listen, be drawn toward to the One who stood behind
both sender and receiver of it long ago,
1 - the One who has inspired believers down through the centuries
with these words.
2 - Get ready to stand and sing your faith-filled response. But
1- (pause) From Paul, an apostle of
Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life
that is in Christ Jesus,
2 - To Timothy, my beloved child:
1- Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ
Jesus our Lord.
2 - I am grateful to God--whom I worship with a clear
conscience, as my ancestors did--when I remember you constantly in
my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so
that I may be filled with joy.
1- I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived
first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am
sure, lives in you.
2 - For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God
that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
1 - for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather
a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
2 - Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord
or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel,
relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy
calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose
1 - This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages
began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our
Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel.
2 - For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle
and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do.
1 - But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have
put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day
what I have entrusted to him.
2 - Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard
from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
1 - Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of
the Holy Spirit living in us.
2- (pause) Stand, if you are able, and sing