88 Working for God

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from 2 Timothy 2:15.

 Can you think of a time when you felt different from all your friends? Why did you feel different?

Did you mind or was it all right to be different?

How did you deal with it?

 

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The letter so far…

Paul was arrested and put in jail in Rome. He missed Timothy and wrote another letter to his “son”. Paul knew Timothy’s mother and grandmother, who both were followers of Jesus and had taught Timothy about God from his childhood.

Paul knew it could be tough to work for God. Now he prepares Timothy for the same, even for persecution. He encourages Timothy by repeating basic facts about Jesus, who he is and what he did to save us.

Now read 2 Timothy 2:14–26 together.

 

What happened next…

Christians were waiting for Jesus to return to the earth – to end all evil and reveal a new created world. To be ready, Christians tried to live differently from others – they tried to live God’s way, even if the rest of the world did not care what God had said. This was a big challenge for Christians.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 114 together.

 

Did you know…?

Holy To be holy is to be “set apart” for God. In verse 21, Paul writes about people living holy lives in which they are keen to work for God and live his way.

A personal letter Paul’s two letters to Timothy are full of advice and encouragement. Paul even asks Timothy to bring him a coat that he had left behind! (2 Timothy 4:13).

Last letter 2 Timothy is thought to be the last letter that Paul wrote from prison in Rome, around AD 64.

Try it out

Whom do you know who “works for God”? It might be someone in your church or school; it could be a mission partner who works in another country; it may be your Bible Coach. They may be like Timothy, leading a church. They may be like Eunice and Lois, his mother and grandmother, who told Timothy about Jesus when he was a child. They may teach everyone about Jesus or play the guitar or clean the building after a meeting: there are all sorts of people who work for God and all kinds of work that they do.

Next time you meet one of them, say “thank you” to them for working for God.

 

Talk to God

“Thank you, God, for the great things in store for those who stay committed to you. Thank you that even when we fail you, you stay committed to us.”

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