Memory Verse for the Year: II Timothy 1:7 –“ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.”
Read II Timothy 1:1-7
1. “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2. To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers 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 I may be filled with joy. 5. I have been 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 God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (sound mind).”
Introduction to Context:
The writer of II Timothy was writing from prison in Rome and the person he’s writing to is in Asia Minor (what is now western Turkey) Paul had been to this area two times before, preaching the good news about Jesus. During one of his visits the mother and grandmother of the young man he was writing to had responded to his message. The writer knew the young man he was writing to and was looking for someone he could entrust his message to. The writer of this letter was a strong passionate man but understood that we all have different personalities but the same message to share.
The women in this passage Lois and Eunice were Jewish. One a grandmother and probably a widow by now living with her daughter, Eunice who was married to a Greek. These women were far from their homeland. According to tradition, it would have been illegal for a Jewess to marry a Gentile (Greek) and it is assumed that she probably married him when she wasn’t practicing her own Jewish faith.
It is believed that Lois (the grandmother) knew her Old Testament Scriptures well but both these women had probably responded to the message of this writer on his first visit – believing and rejoicing in the fact that Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting for and raised their son/grandson, in this new found faith.
“Men are what their mothers make them” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Mothers write on the hearts of their children what the rough hand of the world cannot erase”
As a mother increases her own faith, she fashions an opportunity to leave a legacy of faith in her children.
1. Who is writing this letter?
2. Who is he writing to?
3. In verse 1 what is the writer’s role? And, who does he believe gave him that role?
4. How do you see your role right now?
5. Do you see your role as God-given?
6. In verse 2 How does Paul describe his relationship to Timothy? (what does he call him)?
7. What does Paul wish for Timothy?
8. In verse 3 How often does Paul pray for Timothy?
9. In verse 5 How does Paul describe Timothy’s faith?
10. Where does Paul say Timothy acquired his faith?
12. In verse 6 Why do you think Paul tells Timothy he has to “fan into flame (or stir up) the gift of God living in him?
What kind of fears might we have as we work together here in MOPS?
1. Speaking in front of others?
2. Confrontations and Problem resolutions
3. Problem solving
4. Looking or sounding foolish
5. Fear of rejection
6. Issues we have in our own families: children’s behavior and health, finances, relationships
14. What does God say He gives us according to Paul?
Timothy followed Paul into sharing the good news of who Jesus was and what He did and they changed the world. Your children might not change the world but you will give them the greatest gift for life when they are solidly rooted in their belief that there is a God who knows and loves them.
Teaching and Learning is one of the major themes of this last letter from Paul to Timothy.
One of the most challenging tasks of our faith is to maintain and teach that faith to our children – NOT just in an institutionalized way, but in meaningful ways that each generation can grasp.
Instructions are offered, not just in Bible truths and teachings, but of what life in Christ should be and is. ( In II Timothy 2:2 Paul continued to give instructions for passing truth from one generation to another.)
1. What we consider teaching in the 21st century and what Paul meant are two different things?
In the 21st Century “education means “school”.
2. The Random House Dictionary defines education as “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally, of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
3. In our society teaching is imparting knowledge and processing information..
4. Learning is acquiring knowledge and using information.
This year’s theme is MomSense – something very different than just acquiring and processing information
Mom Intuition + Common Sense = Mom Sense
Mom Intuition is something a woman brings to mothering, something that is often not really learned – just known, but more God-given, - a hunch, an inkling, a 6th sense or a gut feeling.
Common Sense is using good sense and sound judgment in practical matters. Sometimes common sense incorporates a mom’s intuition, but it is also something we can learn and improve upon to establish her mothering skills.
A woman develops her reliance on the combination of her intuition and commonsense as she grows into her role as mother – as she becomes the confident, reliable, secure, loving mother her children need.
“Men are what their mother’s make them” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Mothers write on the hearts of their children what the rough hand of the world cannot erase.” Author unknown
As a mother increases her own faith, she fashions an opportunity to leave a legacy of faith in her children.
Timothy followed Paul into sharing the good news of who Jesus was and what He did and they changed the world.
Your children might not change the world but you will give them the greatest gift for life when they are solidly rooted in the belief that there is a God who knows them and loves them.
DEFINITIONS FOR II TIMOTHY 1:7
II Timothy 1:7 “For God does not give us the spirit of fear but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (or sound mind)”
“Spirit of fear” refers to “the inner qualities” or spiritual character developed in us by the presence of God in us through the Holy Spirit once we invite him in. The spirit given to us is NOT one of fearfulness.
Fear – There is always a strong correlation between anything in the Christian life and what goes on in our mind when we have fear. If we think about our own weakness and limitations fear may grow so we begin to think we can’t do anything. There is a close connection between your mind and what you think about, and actually being able to live a life of faith.
God’s love enables us to hear, believe hope and endure through His presence and strength.
- Fear within exaggerates the causes of fear without.
-We don’t need to accept what God has NOT given (fear) but rather humbly receive and live in - what God has given – power, love and a sound mind
-Fear and timidity will keep you from using the gifts God has given you to touch people in this needy world and to fulfill your role as a mom. He wants you to take His power, His love and His calm thinking to overcome your fears so you can be used by Him, being enabled to use your gifts and talents with confidence as you seek to fulfill your role as woman, mother and here in MOPS.
- Boldness matters. God’s purpose for you is more than making money, being entertained, being comfortable. He has purpose for you.
Power – The spirit of power, given by God, includes the ability to bear up, triumph over. To have courage to endure (late nights with small children or going the extra mile in your responsibilities to MOPS, knowing you are serving other women who are in need at this season of their lives). A courage inspired by God to do what He has designed you to do.
- His power enables
- The spirit and courage of resolution to meet dangers and difficulties
- When we are doing God’s work we are in a safe place in His hands and given all we need to accomplish what we were designed to be. Mothering is God’s work.
- Aggressive energy in face of difficulty which overcomes any weaknesses and enables one to work, endure and even suffer (are these not sometimes the down side of our job as mothers?)
Love - The spirit of love is what is given by God to raise, except and care for those under our influence.
- The spirit of love tells us a lot about the kind of power God gives. NOT the power to control but the power to love and serve others. (The night before Jesus went to the Cross, he spent his time with his disciples and in John 13:1-11 it says “….Jesus knowing that his Father had given all things into his hands…washed the disciples feet”)
That takes a special kind of love and power. It is a humble kind of love – a sacrificial kind of love. We don’t have the power to always love that way without God.
Sound Mind - The Greek word here means a person with a sober mind, one with direction. A mind well balanced and under right influences (God’s). A mind that can see things in their just proportions and relations. A disciplined mind. No need to be feverish or anxious. The word used also means quietness of mind – Calmness!
Our theme this year is MomSense. God does not give us “the spirit of fear” to be mothers, but the spirit of power, love and a sound mind along with MomSense.
Mom Intuition + Common Sense = MomSense
Mom Intuition – Something a woman brings to mothering. Something that is often not really learned - just known. A hunch, an inkling, a 6th sense, or just a gut feeling.
Common Sense – It’s using good senses and sound judgment in practical matters. Sometimes common sense incorporates a mom’s intuition, but it is also something we can learn and improve upon to establish her mothering skills.
A woman develops her reliance on the combination of her intuition and common sense as she grows into her role as mother. As she becomes the confident, reliable, secure, loving mom her children need. Her confidence grows as she sees her role as God-given and empowered.
Teaching and learning in one of the major themes of Paul’s last writings to Timothy. One of the most challenging tasks of our faith is to maintain and teach that faith to our children. NOT just in an institutionalized way, but in meaningful ways that each generation can grasp.
- What we consider teaching in the 21st Century and what Paul meant are two different things. In the 21st Century “education” means “school”.
- The Random House Dictionary defines education as “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally, of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
- In our society teaching is imparting knowledge and processing information.
- Learning is acquiring knowledge and using information.
As a mother increases her own faith, she fashions an opportunity to leave a legacy of faith in her children. Her knowledge and information become a life lived and empowered by God.