Solid Ground | Gritty
Coming to faith in Christ is just the beginning. It’s a start of a journey or a race. 2 Timothy gives us guidance on how to run the race of faith with an eye on the finish line. Though focused primarily on how to lead well in a ministry setting, these words have application to anyone who is following Christ in any context. Gritty is about faith for the real world.
- September 112 Timothy 1:1-7David Woods
God has given us what we need to give our best for him. The “gift of God” is both the presence of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts he supplies. In this case, Paul seems to be focusing on a specific gift that Timothy received when Paul set him apart for ministry. It was a special divine empowerment that Timothy would need to rely on in order to carry out his ministry. The word for gift here is similar to the word for grace. Both mean gift. The “gift of God” is a result of the “grace of God.”
- September 182 Timothy 1:8-18David Woods
This passage is about not being ashamed of sharing the truth about Jesus even when it causes you to suffer. Sometimes the suffering comes in the drastic form of persecution (like in the Middle East and other parts of the world). While at other times suffering takes on the more subtle forms of social pressure and compromise. Sharing Jesus often means sharing in suffering.
- September 252 Timothy 2:1-7David Woods
Grace enables us to stay strong through the battles of life. Paul says being “strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus” looks like being a good soldier, a competing athlete, and a hardworking farmer. Grace and all the spiritual blessings that come with it are a source of strength to keep you focused on serving Jesus through the difficulties and challenges of life. The ability to be a “good” soldier and a “victorious” athlete and a “hardworking” farmer does not come from ourselves, but from the grace God gives. It is learning to depend on God that helps us soldier on, compete, and harvest in a way that is pleasing to God and is a bold witness for Christ. Even when things in life are bad, God is good!
- October 022 Timothy 2:8-13Mike Canny
The example of Jesus suffering and dying but then being raised and exalted is the ultimate motivation in staying true to our calling. Jesus is “worthy” because of the faithfulness he displayed by going to the cross. The example of Jesus motivates us to remain faithful.
- October 092 Timothy 2:14-26Danny Curry
Being at our best for God requires handling His Word correctly and living our lives with integrity. This passage focuses on the attitude and effort we bring to being a servant of the Lord. We need to handle the word and live our lives with integrity. The word for “handle” means to cut in a straight line or to guide on a straight path. It means to teach correctly. Paul emphasizes that knowledge of the truth is not about giving you words to argue about, but words to live by. Flee evil desires and instead desire righteousness. Paul also instructs us be kind to those who oppose us, and to be gentle in our approach when trying to instruct them in the truth. This passage has to do with the effort we bring to serving the Lord--do your best!
- October 162 Timothy 3David Woods
Scripture guides us how to live for God in a culture that rejects God. This passage outlines the darkness and depravity of a culture bent on rebelling against God. There will be difficult times and difficult people. But as for you, continue in what you have learned from the holy Scriptures. The Word of God shows us how to live (gives us light) in the midst of darkness. You cannot find your way through these “terrible times” without the Word. It’s our moral compass and guiding light.