Rebekah Manuel & Danie Frandsen, Student Ministries
Sermon Series: Hand Off
- If you knew you wouldn’t fail, what is one thing you would do?
- Recite our memory verse for this series, 1 Peter 3:15:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
- As you have been considering this passage for your own testimony of faith (giving your reason for the hope that you have), what is one story from your past that God can use to encourage someone else? Share your story with the group.
- Read 2 Timothy 1:3-10 – 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that you may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
- From whom does Timothy’s faith originate, as indicated in this passage? How can this encourage you?
- We were reminded in the sermon that Paul, once he was transformed by Christ, never let his past life as a persecutor of Christ-followers before his conversion, or his trials and difficulties as an avid Christ-follower, prevent him from sharing the gospel. In other words, he ‘let God own his story’. He was not afraid. What holds you back from letting God own your story? Think of the person who you would most love to see come to faith. What obstacles do you see that might keep you from sharing the hope that you have in Christ? What are your fears?
- Why did Timothy not have to be afraid to “fan into flame the gift of God” (vs. 7)?
- Read verse 9 again: He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
- What does this verse remind us when we think our past mistakes, sins, or decisions don’t ‘qualify’ us to witness to others about Jesus?
- What in your past, do you need to ‘let God own’? What from your past can God possibly use as part of your story to actually help you share with someone else the reason for the hope you have?
- Read verse 10 again:
but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
- What does this passage remind us about our future?
- Read verse 8 again: So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of my his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.What kinds of suffering are you likely to encounter for the gospel? Are you willing to endure suffering? What will you have to help you through suffering?
- In life we WILL have troubles and sufferings. Are you willing to suffer for the gospel?
- Share any plans you have to reach out to the person you most want to have the hope you have in Christ. Talk about potential obstacles, difficulties or trials you might encounter as out reach out to that person. Pray together for the power of God to enable you to ‘fan into flame the gift of God’.