87 Belonging to God

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from 1 Timothy 6:12a.

Do you have a school uniform? What does that tell people who see you wearing it?

At a football match, how can you tell who supports which team?

How do you think people know if someone belongs to God?


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The letter so far…

Paul warned his young friend Timothy that believing in Jesus Christ was not popular with many people. It would be tempting to go along with everyone else, to drift away from believing or to think only about money.

Being different is never easy, so how could Timothy avoid being led astray, or denying Jesus? Would his faith and his leadership be strong enough to stand against false teachers?

Now read 1 Timothy 6:11–19 together.


What happened next…

Paul cared very much for Timothy. Timothy needed practical instructions to know what to do, and Paul has given him that in this letter. Timothy and his church needed to depend on God’s kindness, his “grace”.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 114 together.


Did you know…?

Message Paul gives Timothy practical advice: who should lead a church; how they should behave; how to run a church; and what to teach.

Timothy’s training Timothy was a young man and some people thought that he was too young to be leading the church. But he had had good training with Paul. He travelled with Paul on one of his long journeys; he was sent to visit a church in Thessalonica that was having hard times; he worked with Paul in Corinth and Ephesus; they both went to Jerusalem to take gifts of money to the church there; and he spent time with Paul while he was in prison.


Try it out

Being a Christian is about living for Jesus – loving him, obeying him and following him. It’s like being a singer or an actor on stage with only one person in the audience – Jesus. We perform, or live, just for him!

Read Matthew 5:16 to see that Jesus wants people shining for him. Here are a few tips.

  • Be careful about your words. Words can do a lot of good and a lot of damage.
  • Always be kind and do what Jesus wants you to do – even if your friends are mean or start doing the wrong things.
  • Be prepared. Think about what you would say if someone asked you why you are a Christian.

If you shine for Jesus, your friends will notice that you are a Christian.


Talk to God

Ask God to show you where you can fight for good things and where you can fight against bad things.

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